22 master plan municipalities

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have completed their master plan concepts, had them approved by the highest municipal authority, and are now organsing climate action projects in order to achieve their very ambitious climate targets. They have received funding from the Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU) since July 2016 as part of the “100% Climate Protection Master Plan” directive.

Climate protection funding in master plan municipalities

Germany’s climate protection target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050 requires municipalities to adopt these targets and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to zero. The Master Plan Directive has provided funding through the National Climate Initiative (NKI) for municipalities throughout Germany which are taking on this challenge, and thereby contributing to national climate protection. With their particularly ambitious climate protection targets, these municipalities are climate protection pioneers that set an example for many other cities, municipalities and districts in Germany.

The municipalities, which have been involved since 2016, also bring extensive experience of climate protection projects and are following in the footsteps of the 19 master plan municipalities which took part in the first round. The newly funded master plan municipalities are also expected to take sufficiency into account as a guiding principle, i.e. to implement measures that particularly affect people’s everyday lives.

The funding for MPK2016 is split into two phases: 1. creation and 2. implementation of an ambitious concept designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95% and the final energy demand by 50% by 2050. The funding period is four years (until 2020).

ifeu is monitoring the master plan municipalities on behalf of the BMU and organising a sharing of experience at regular networking events. The master plan municipalities are due to meet this spring in Greifswald.

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