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Zero emissions district to be built in Heidelberg


Detailed description of the Good Practice

ICLEI member city Heidelberg (Germany) has launched an ambitious plan to build a large, zero-emissions city district, to be known as Bahnstadt, on the site of a former goods station. The new district will be centrally located and cover a total of 116 hectares - more than Heidelberg’s old town.

Buildings will be constructed according to passive house standards and renewable energy will be supplied, largely by district heating from biomass thermal power plants and deep geothermics. Promotional funds will be available for the construction of passive houses, with the aim of becoming the largest passive housing area in the world.

The plans for Bahnstadt also include rainwater management systems, nature protection and a good public transport infrastructure, as well as a thorough electricity-saving concept. Bahnstadt will be a residential area, as well as a base for business and research.

energy efficiency
climate change
urban planning

Objectives of the Good Practice

to build a large, zero-emissions city district

Participants of the Good Practice

City of Heidelberg

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens of the district

Funding of the Good Practice


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