Energy Turnaround in Kelheim County
Kelheim County, in the East of Bavaria, is pushing concrete measures for the use of sustainable and regional energy sources and has been proving its will to manage the energy turnaround for years.
Integrated Climate Protection Concept – For the Region and With the Region
Citizens, politicians, company representatives, clubs and associations have developed an integrated climate protection concept for Kelheim County. It is a roadmap, which also shows how these groups in society envisage the realisation of the energy turnaround in the region, and how they will contribute their share. For Dr. Hubert Faltermeier, Kelheim District Administrator, the energy turnaround is a common task: "Politicians and citizens as well as companies, clubs and associations are equally committed and move our county forward."
The Energy Turnaround is a Common Task
In Kelheim County, different groups of society participate in mapping and moulding change. Many companies and the regional banks have participated in the county campaign "Sunny Times" – with the hands-on result of many new photovoltaic plants. In the 2010 round of the ECOPROFIT campaign, eight companies from the region have saved more than 150.000 Euros – and spared the environment almost 1.000 tons of CO2. Just the savings in electricity amount to the equivalent of 135 four-person-households (593.000 KwH)!
The sports clubs, too, are committed to climate protection. They have participated in the "Climate Check" campaign, initiated by the Bavarian federal sports association. The Climate Check gets granular on energetic shortcomings – its recommendations are good for the budget and for the environment.
Lead by Example – Kelheim County Heads the Way
The county authorities has for years been setting standards with the energetic rehabilitation of its buildings. Since rehabilitation measures started at the Gabelsberger Gymnasium in Mainburg, the savings in CO2 amount to 50% as compared to 1990. The Donau Gymnasium in Kelheim has one of the first passive house-standard gyms. Hence, Kelheim makes a point that municipal construction may set energetic standards. What’s more, a lot is going on as far as the municipal utility is concerned: since autumn 2011, it has been operating a biomass energy plant running with wood from regional sources and producing 12.000 MWh of sustainable heat. That energy plant alone avoids the emission of 5.500 tons of CO2.
More information (only in German) on www.landkreis-kelheim.de