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, which has been made in 2016, 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 next BEK will be revised and released in 2022, especially in order to bring it in accordance with Berlin’s new ambitious climate targets (climate-neutrality by 2045).
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, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action. 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.