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Rietberg, Germany

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For many years Rietberg, population 29,436 (2015), has been committed to environmental and climate protection works. In 2011 Rietberg compiled a communal climate protection concept together with the public which outlines a wide range of projects to support renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy saving initiatives. The city council decided to fix the goal of achieving energy self – sufficiency within the electricity sector by 2030. Because of the exemplary work, Rietberg was one of the first communities in Germany achieving the Gold European Energy Award.
The flagship of Rietberg is the unique “Klimapark Rietberg”. The Information- and Technology-Park exhibits several renewable energy facilities, like a walk-in biogas plant, a geothermal energy system and a solar tracker. Klimapark Rietberg is located in the old horticultural area and has 18 project partners from business, science and various other organizations. In 2013 Klimapark was priced as Place of Progress from Nordrhein-Westfalen and UN-Decade Project of Education for Sustainable Development.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

General Details

Timeline: 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030
Contact: Anika Hering
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Status Quo

Total energy consumption:
212.417 MWh/Year
Percentage of RE in the total energy consumption:
29% (share of RE in total electricity consumption)

Project Features

Scope of engagement
yes Local/regional
Quality of the objectives
No information
Binding effect of the objectives
yes 100% REresolution made unanimously by county council/ government
Energy savings objective
yes Energy Efficiency Target