The district administration of Borken has about 800 positions in 16 specialised units and an additional 300 part-time employees. Climate protection work is located in the Nature and Environment Department, Administration and Climate Protection Division. In addition, there is a long-established and close connection to the district's subsidiaries in the field of climate protection. These are the Entsorgungsgesellschaft Westmünsterland (egw) and the Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Borken (WFG), with whom the topics of energy saving, energy efficiency, networking and awareness raising are jointly tackled. As can be seen from the following projects, the district and its subsidiaries are setting an example.
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In the district of Borken, there are many projects that promote climate protection in the region. The district of Borken works together with many actors from the region and also brings companies and political representatives on board.
In 2019, the district of Borken was once again awarded the European Energy Award (eea) in gold. A total of six fields of action have been examined and subsequently intensively worked on. The certification procedure serves as a helpful framework for structuring climate protection work at district level.
A special feature in the district of Borken is the composition of the eea team, which is made up of representatives from different departments of the administration as well as political representatives from each parliamentary group. Working together on strategic climate protection work enables an intensive exchange between politics and administration and thus contributes to speedy decision-making. The teamwork acting as an interface is repeatedly emphasised by both sides as extremely profitable.
Today more than ever, companies are faced with the challenge of acting sustainably while maintaining a high level of competitiveness. ECOPROFIT® provides participating companies with the necessary tools to meet this challenge. ECOPROFIT® helps them to reduce operating costs and at the same time protect the environment. The project offers flexible solutions regardless of the size and sector of the company.
In 2020, the project, which was launched jointly by the district of Borken and the business development agency for the district of Borken, will celebrate its tenth anniversary. With the current ninth round of the project, ECOPROFIT® has been running without interruption since 2010 and is thus a fixed component of climate protection work at district level. After the current project run, more than 100 businesses are expected to be certified as ECOPROFIT® businesses, all of which will also act as network partners or multipliers for further climate protection activities. Further information is available here.
For 2016, both a successor solution for the coal-fired heating system of the district hall in Borken, which dates back to 1984, and for the combined heat and power plants (CHP) used at the former municipal waste landfill of the Entsorgungsgesellschaft Westmünsterland in Borken-Hoxfeld for the utilisation of the landfill gas produced were on the agenda. Based on extensive cost and benefit analyses, it was determined that the combination of both measures was ecologically and economically very advantageous. As a result, only one CHP unit was installed at the Kreishaus site.
This CHP unit is supplied with the landfill gas that continues to be produced by building an approximately 5.5-kilometre-long gas pipeline as a connection between the landfill and the district hall. The new CHP unit went into operation in December 2016 and covers about 75 per cent of the heat demand and 90 per cent of the electricity demand of the county hall and the adjacent police administration of the county. The relocation of the CHP used for landfill aftercare to a site about six kilometres away with the aim of consistently supplying one property there with electricity and heat is technically new. In addition, the admixture of other biogases or even natural gas, which is planned for the long term, is technically already fully designed and thus leads to a longer utilisation of the residual landfill gases even if the quantity and, above all, the quality of the gas decreases. Further information is available here.