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Münsterland is climate land

Climate protection in the city of Münster

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For more than 25 years, the City of Münster has been actively engaged in municipal climate protection work. The Coordination Office for Climate and Energy - KLENKO for short - is a staff unit of the Lord Mayor and the driving force behind municipal climate protection and climate adaptation work. Under the motto "Our Climate 2030", the city of Münster is striving for climate neutrality by 2030 and adaptation to the consequences of climate change. If everyone pitches in, it will be possible to create a climate-friendly Münster of the future.

Special projects in the area of climate protection

Climate training

In 2020, the municipal climate training started as a new support service for citizens on their way to a more climate-friendly life. For this purpose, the city trains volunteer climate trainers. For four months, the volunteers then accompany households that want to make their everyday life more climate-friendly step by step in a small group of like-minded people. Mobility, consumption, nutrition, housing and energy will be among the topics.
Anyone who would like to take part in climate training or be trained as a climate trainer can contact us by e-mail at klimatraining@stadt-muenster.de.

City of Münster Climate-Friendly Housing" funding programme

The "Climate-friendly residential buildings" funding programme provides incentives for homeowners to do something good for the climate. Interested parties can choose from a wide range of subsidised measures. From heating system replacement to photovoltaic systems to ecological insulation materials, there are many ways to make an important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in Münster. In addition, green roofs lead to an improvement of the urban water balance and a reduction of the urban heat island, which goes hand in hand with an improved quality of living and stay.

The effect that measures such as green roofs have on the urban microclimate and the quality of stay, especially on hot summer days, can be experienced first-hand by citizens every summer through the Mobile Green Room at Harsewinkelplatz. In the cool shade of the plants, they can rest, take a deep breath and, if they are curious, find out about the climate adaptation and climate protection measures from the information material provided, either independently or in dialogue with the KLENKO staff on site.

Start-up advice on energy efficiency

Efficient use of electricity and heat has never paid off as quickly as it does today. Companies that succeed in saving as much energy as possible gain valuable cost and competitive advantages and at the same time protect the environment and the climate. For many companies, energy consumption has become an inconspicuous and uncontrollable variable: In which areas does my company have the highest energy costs and what can be done about it? These are questions that many entrepreneurs ask themselves time and again. With its "Energy Efficiency Start-up Advice" offer, the City of Münster supports companies free of charge in identifying potential for saving energy and increasing energy efficiency. As a result of these benefits, more than 100 Münster businesses are already committed to a sustainable and climate-friendly economy in the "Alliance for Climate Protection" network.

Model project climate conference

The fact that Münster does not want to rest on its previous achievements in the field of climate protection and adaptation and is constantly looking for new effective solutions to the climate crisis was demonstrated, among other things, by the Climate Conference in May 2022. As a result, the city became the first municipality in Germany to take another decisive step towards climate change. The administration's climate conference made it clear: In future, the entire city administration will be responsible for the implementation of the climate turnaround, thus taking a significant step forward, whereas in other municipalities only a single focal department is entrusted with this task. The proposals developed at the conference range from a complete decarbonisation of the city's vehicle fleet by 2025, to efficient land use management, to the adoption of a climate budget. Citizens are again invited to participate in this future process - which will culminate in a city-wide climate conference to be held in 2023 as part of Climate Week.

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