Ruhr Area Wants to Develop Eco-Friendly Innovation City

Following the European Capital of the Year 2010, the Initiativkreis Ruhr, an association of 59 leading companies that promote ecological know-how in the Ruhr area, gave the go ahead for the ambitious project of the so-called Innovation City.

In the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet), named after the river Ruhr, the largest urban agglomeration in Germany, a town with a size of approximately 50,000 inhabitants shall be remodelled into an eco-friendly site, using all available know-how.

The aim of the project is to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% through improved insulation of the buildings, optimizing the savings potential of the local industry, approximately 500 electric cars, the installation of wind turbines and solar power systems.  Saving energy by linking all households to a contral and regulation center is also part of the plans. These measures shall be complemented by an urban renewal project.

There are currently no estimates with regard to the total amount of investments. However, the industry hopes to recover a large share of the costs by selling the know-how gained in the process.

Interested towns and cities can apply as of 22 March 2010. A decision about the model city or model district of a city will be made in October. The whole project will run over a period of 10 years.

Source: Welt Online

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