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Hamburg is committed to ensuring the future is circular.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of the 16 states of the German federation and the second largest city in Germany. As a member of Eurocities and the City Science Initiative, Hamburg supports European cities and regions, facilitating knowledge sharing across networks, forums and workshops. 

It is currently delivering several EU-funded Interreg and Horizon 2020 projects on urban development, circular economy and smart city elements, harnessing the power of innovation to progress towards its circular goal. In addition, in recent years Hamburg has set up ambitious climate transition targets in line with its industrial composition and socio-economic prospects, and it has introduced sectorial targets, including CO2 reduction targets for each sector.



750 sq


is covered by Hamburg, composed of 7 districts

5 million tonnes of waste per year

produced by the construction industry in Hamburg


of waste

produced by Hamburg's construction industry is recovered, but a small amount is currently reused in a clean circular way for building construction


  • The City of Hamburg is committed to the 2030 Agenda and thus to fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include sustainable building and greener cities. To implement this, the Hamburg Senate passed "Implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Hamburg" in July 2017. The Authority for the Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture is responsible for implementation.

  • Based on the German Law for Circular Economy “Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz” (KrWG), Hamburg has a Law for Waste Economy “Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz”. However, there is, apart from the waste sector, no law dealing with the general approach on circular economy. By using intelligent management solutions, it could be possible to increase the efficiency of the use of energy and other resources like water.

  • In Hamburg many activities and initiatives from both civic society and from enterprises already exist, including the Zero-Waste policy, RUMORE-Project: Regionale Ernährung (Platform for Waste Food), and Hamburg Bottle.

  • In order to comply with uniform requirements for sustainable construction, there are various certification systems in Germany. A distinction must be made between public buildings and private buildings. For public buildings, there is the so-called "Sustainable Building Assessment System for Federal Buildings" (BNB), which supplements the Guidelines for Sustainable Building as a holistic assessment methodology for buildings and their surroundings. This follows the approach of targeting sustainable construction through the use of life cycle analysis when planning building projects. 

  • Furthermore, the new "Federal Subsidy for Efficient Buildings (BEG)" will come into force this year 2021. The aim is to promote construction measures that meet the sustainability certification requirements of the "Guideline for Federal Funding for Efficient Buildings".


This is an image of the logo for the city of Hamburg, which is a red caste-like building sitting on top of a wavy blue line with the text 'Hamburg' underneath.
This image is the logo for Hamburg University of Technology. On the left is a light blue T inside a U, on the right side is Hamburg University of Technology in capital light blue text.
The image is a logo of e-hoch-3, which is three lime green circles in a line. The first circle has a few three-lined bars on the left hand side and the top. Next to the circles is e-hoch-3 in lime green.
This image is the logo for Otto Wulff, which is a small graphic of a green house on top of the name OTTO WULFF in green text, and on the bottom is BAUUNTERNEHMUNG in black text.
This image is the Eggers logo, which is a tilted, 3D white capital E with a dark blue sides inside a light blue square with rounded edges. EGGERS in dark blue is on the right of the square.
This image is the logo of Otto Dorner, which is a blue D in a white circle, OTTO DORNER in white capital letters inside a blue rectangle
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