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Hochbahn-Chef Henrik Falk und Umweltsenator Jens Kerstan © Florian Besser

Hochbahn steps up climate protection by running on green energy

Eco-powered subways and electric buses to save 83,000 tons of CO2 every year

From January, Hamburg’s underground trains and electric buses are running on green electricity from new wind parks with Hamburg Energie continuing as the supplier. For years, Hamburg’s Hochbahn has been operating without electricity generated by coal or nuclear power. This power can now be calculated as part of the city’s climate plan. As a result of this measure alone, Hamburg will cut its CO2 emissions by 83,000 tons every year. Hochbahn currently uses as much electricity to power its transport as around 48,000 average households. The impetus for the measure came from the Climate-Partner agreement reached by the senate with 16 public sector companies last summer. The measure allows Hochbahn to attain Hamburg’s climate targets for 2020 (reducing CO2 emissions by 2 million tons by comparison with 2012).

Concrete measure

“Hochbahn will be receiving high-quality green power from January. This is a major step in Hamburg towards saving the climate. As a city, we intend to take the next big step in the shift to climate-friendly heating. Over the coming decade, the two coal-fired power stations supplying district heating in Hamburg will be shut down. The households of hundreds of thousands of district heating customers will then be supplied with renewable and climate-friendly energy from innovative plant,” said Jens Kerstan, Senator for Environment and Energy.

Ambitious urban criteria

Hamburg is setting a good example in climate protection in another area as well: All city-owned buildings have for years received high-quality and accountable green electricity. High-value and accountable means that the electricity is generated in a plant less than six years old, which has also not been subsidized under Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), so that the CO2 saved, can be included in Hamburg’s climate balance sheet.

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Hamburg takes over chair of Conference of Environment Ministers

At the start of 2019, Hamburg took over the chair of the Environment Ministers’ Conference (UMK) with Senator Jens Kerstan co-ordinating the environmental policies of the federal government and the individual states. “Hamburg is taking on this task at an important point in time. Major and groundbreaking issues such as controlling air pollution, sustainability, loss of species and climate protection demand definite and effective responses. The environment ministers from the federal government and the states can make a significant contribution to this. As hosts, we will create the right framework for progress to be made on these issues in 2019,” Kerstan said.

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