Region of Ulm/Neu-Ulm
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100% Renewable Energy Goal:
100% Renewable Electricity by 2020 and 100% Renewable Heating and Mobility by 2030
Region of Ulm and Neu Ulm
The region of Ulm and Neu Ulm, population approximately 285,461 inhabitants, aims to reached 100% renewable electricity in 2020 and renewable heating and mobility in 2030.
In February 2010, the 100% Renewable Energy Alliance ("Bündnis 100% Erneuerbare Energien") was founded, which aims to bring all capable regional people and institutions together to work on the renewable energy transition. Their motto is "Prosperity with renewable energy - 100% is possible!" ("Wohlstand durch Erneuerbare Energien - 100% sind möglich!")
In 2007, the city of Ulm was awarded the European Energy Award for their remarkable local energy management and their efforts against climate change. Examples of these efforts are a biomass power plant operated by the Fernwärme Ulm GmbH (10 MW electrical output)
and the world's biggest passive house office building, the so-called Energon, located in the "Science City" near the university campus.
Moreover, the city of Ulm boasts the second largest solar power production in Germany. For all new buildings, a strict energy standard (German KFW40 standard) has been mandatory since April 2008. The Ulm Ministry has been powered fully by renewables since January 2008.
In 2011, a European pilot project of a self-sustaining well, completed construction in the west-city of Ulm. Additionally, a solar-powered ferry crosses the Danube 7 days a week in the summer.