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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety The municipalities play a central role in climate protection, climate adaptation and sustainable development. The ministry and the municipal umbrella organizations therefore agreed to work even more closely together.

The municipalities play a central role when it comes to climate protection, climate adaptation and sustainable development. That is why the Federal Environment Ministry and the municipal umbrella organizations agreed on an even closer, continuous exchange on Thursday. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze: “For me, the municipalities are key players in the implementation of climate targets and urban environmental protection in Germany. You do a lot for environmental and climate protection. We want to support and strengthen them even more in the future. ”Belit Onay, Member of the Presidium of the German Association of Cities and Lord Mayor of the State Capital of Hanover:“ The cities are pursuing ambitious goals to further reduce CO2, save more energy and promote sustainable urban development. We need more clean energy quickly in order to achieve the climate goals. With the National Climate Protection Initiative alone, cities have successfully implemented over 15,000 climate protection projects since 2008. They expand renewable energies, increase the energy efficiency of buildings and support sustainable mobility. Green roofs as well as more green and leisure areas are important for liveable cities. For all of this we need long-term support from the federal and state governments. The funding programs for municipal climate protection should be bundled more closely. ”Reinhard Sager, President of the German District Association and District Administrator of the Ostholstein District:“ The districts acknowledge their responsibility in achieving national climate protection goals. Most of the wind power, bioenergy and solar power systems are in the countryside. Therefore, the rural areas need a balance with the aim of a fair burden sharing. For us, the conditions are: acceptance, economic viability and common sense. We have to take people with us. Distance regulations for wind power, the strengthening of community energy projects and an increase in the commuter allowance come into question. ”Ralph Spiegler, President of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities and Mayor of the Nieder-Olm municipality:“ Towns and municipalities play a key role in climate protection. Without their sustainable, climate-friendly commitment in their diverse roles as a designer of the energy and mobility transition, as a building owner, as a land-use planner or as the largest public client, the climate protection goals cannot be achieved. All of these tasks also require the support of the federal and state governments. Climate protection and coping with the consequences of ongoing climate change are and will remain a challenge for society as a whole. Against this background, we welcome the dialogue that has been initiated between the Federal Environment Ministry and the municipal umbrella organizations. Only through joint action can the course be set for a sustainable and successful climate policy. ”The Federal Environment Ministry will provide the municipalities with extensive funding for specific climate protection measures on site in the coming years through its National Climate Protection Initiative. So that necessary future investments can also be made in the crisis, the federal government has designed the Corona stimulus package to be climate-friendly. For municipal climate protection, this means that the BMU will provide an additional 100 million euros for the NKI by the end of 2021. Last year alone, municipal climate protection projects under the umbrella of the NKI were funded with more than 130 million euros. In order to create incentives, the BMU has increased the funding quotas in three municipal funding programs by the end of 2021 and reduced the necessary own shares. Financially weak municipalities can receive full funding for the creation and implementation of a climate protection concept by a climate protection manager. Federal Minister Svenja Schulze and the parliamentary state secretary Florian Pronold, representatives of the central municipal associations and the mayors of Görlitz, Hanover and Potsdam took part in the meeting. The meeting was also the start of a regular dialogue that both sides agreed upon. The next meeting should take place in the first quarter of 2021.

08.10.2020 | Press release No. 174/20 | Joint press release with the municipal umbrella organizations

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