City of Freiburg-im-Breisgau

Freiburg im Breisgau is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with a population of about 220,000. In the south-west of the country, it straddles the Dreisam river, at the foot of the Schlossberg. Historically, the city has acted as the hub of the Breisgau region on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine Plain. A famous old German university town, and archiepiscopal seat, Freiburg was incorporated in the early twelfth century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical center of the upper Rhine region. The city is known for its medieval minster and Renaissance university, as well as for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. The city is situated in the heart of the major Baden wine-growing region and serves as the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. According to meteorological statistics, the city is the sunniest and warmest in Germany, and held the all-time German temperature record of 40.2 °C (104.4 °F) from 2003 to 2015.

The Freiburg Facility Management (GMF), which manages the city’s own buildings, ie schools, administration buildings or the kindergartens of the city of Freiburg, is also responsible for the energy management of these urban real estate. The energy management of building management defines requirements for energy-efficient construction and efficient technology for new construction or renovation, as well as for energy-optimized operation and use of buildings. Since 1990, for example, the CO2 emissions of urban buildings have been cut by 48.7 percent.

As part of the National Climate Initiative, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is supporting, among other things, the refurbishment of LED lighting based on a resolution of the German Bundestag. The development of the subsidy program is carried out by the Project Management Jülich

The global warming of the Earth’s atmosphere is a burdensome mortgage in the 21st century. The Environmental Protection Agency develops concepts and measures to reduce the emissions of climate-damaging gases in Freiburg. Even if the energy turnaround in Germany is slow to progress and the climate-damaging CO2 emissions are rising worldwide, the city is steadfastly sticking to its climate protection target and even exacerbating it. In 2019, the Municipal Council unanimously decided to reduce emissions to 60% by 2030 and to become climate-neutral by 2050. The reference value is always the CO2 emissions of 1992.

The city of Freiburg is proud of its ecological profile. This is marked by

  • A broadly anchored environmental awareness among the citizens of the city
  • a long – term environmental policy as part of sustainable urban development and
  • a network of environmental protection institutions (science, business, NGOs).

Sources : Wikipedia, Freiburg official website


City of Freiburg-im-Breisgau is a member of Energy Cities since 2000


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