Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Programme 2030
The Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Programme 2030 (BEK 2030) was adopted by the Berlin House of Representatives on 25 January 2018. It reflects the decision to make the city carbon-neutral by 2050 and contains a set of strategies and measures, both in the field of mitigation as well as adaptation to the consequences of climate change. It applies to an implementation period until 2021 and a 2030 development horizon, is subject to regular monitoring and will be updated every five years.
The Senate commissioned several scientific studies to prepare for the programme. A feasibility study first showed that climate neutrality by 2050 will be an option if the right course is set. In two further studies, the researchers developed specific recommendations, and also included the administration and the general public in the discussions, through online participation and different events. This is meant to ensure acceptance for the different strategies and measures. English summaries of these studies including the relevant findings can be found online.
The BEK 2030 advances Berlin’s efforts in climate protection significantly. It is the “roadmap” towards climate neutrality. Therefore, it contains strategies and measures for all relevant fields of action in the city, which are energy supply, buildings and urban development, industry, traffic and private households. It also integrates strategies and measures with regard to climate change adaptation.
The measures aim to reduce the general energy demand within the city and to change to a decentralised, safe and socially responsible supply system which is to a great extent based on renewable energies. New or existing buildings, which are responsible for about half of Berlin’s greenhouse gas emissions, need to become more energy-efficient through different approaches. There will also be a shift in the transport sector, towards a city where public transport and cycling are more attractive in order to encourage people to leave their cars at home. Electro-mobility is a key as well. Greening within the city will be extended (including roofs and facades) and fostered in order to make the city more resilient to rising temperatures.
The programme’s implementation is being handled by the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection. There are additional funds within the city’s budget, for which both public services as well as private parties can apply.
The BEK 2030’s implementation status is mapped through a digital information and monitoring system – diBEK for short. It also provides comprehensive information in English.