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.
HAMBURG IN NUMBERS
is covered by Hamburg, composed of 7 districts
5 million tonnes of waste per year
produced by the construction industry in Hamburg
produced by Hamburg's construction industry is recovered, but a small amount is currently reused in a clean circular way for building construction
CIRCULARITY IN THE CITY
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".