Environmental Justice Berlin 2013

Statistical Base

Berlin disposes of a broad range of data for the domains of health, social affairs and urban affairs/development. Yet especially small-scale reporting which tackles the causal relationships between environment, health and social condition and systematically investigates the scope of socio-spatial environmental loads is lacking. The reporting concerning the different topics is largely conducted independently, without intersection. The merging of different data sets presents a challenge due to different methodological approaches, diverging acquisition cycles as well as different degrees of detail. Moreover, the processing of data is not uniformly conducted at the level of the living environment areas (LEAs), of which the 447 planning areas (PLAs) represent the smallest-scale entity.

In order to carry out the integrated representation and evaluation it was therefore necessary to:

  • acquire or process the thematic data uniformly for the level of the PLAs,
  • choose corresponding levels of categorisation which would permit a superposition of the different indicators.

In detail, the following sources were used for the development of the environmental load analysis:

  • Planning areas (PLA) as the smallest-scale level in the hierarchy of the living environment areas (LEA) (further information regarding the spatial basis of the LEAs can be found “here” (German only)) (SenStadt 2009).
  • Grid Map LDEN (noise index day-evening-night), Sum of all Traffic Sources, SenStadtUm IX C, as of 2013
  • Annual averages of the PM10 and NOX concentrations as a 500m x 500m grid, SenStadtUm IX C, as of 2009
  • Traffic-related air pollution (PM2,5 and NO2) in selected road sections (Environmental Atlas), SenStadtUm III D 1, as of 2009
  • „Versorgungsanalyse für die städtische Versorgung mit Grünflächen (VAG)“ [Availability analysis for the urban availability of green spaces], SenStadtUm I A, as of 2011
  • StEP Klima, SenStadtUm I A, as of 2011
    • Social Urban Development Monitoring Report 2013, SenStadtUm I A, as of 2013
  • Environmental Atlas, map of the urban structure – differentiated, SenStadtUm III D 1, as of 2011,
  • Berlin rent index 2009, SenStadt IV A, as of 2009
  • Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg (Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg, AfS), summary of data from 2006-2012 from the databases of causes of death and population register, AfS, as of 2013
  • Flyover “Berlin at Night 2010” for identifying the urban brightness value, Leibniz-Institute of Freshland Ecology and Inland Fisheries, as of 2012
  • Delimitation of the “priority area air purity” in the land use plan (LUP), SenStadtUm I A, as of 2015