Some time ago one might have had the impression that the German word Energiewende would make the leap to the English language as Kindergarten, Rucksack and Autobahn have done. Ever since Fukushima the world has looked to Germany to learn how to transform a centralised and fossil-based energy supply in a climate-friendly, fair and affordable way. “If anyone can do it, it’s the Germans,” you heard politicians, industry representatives and citizens say everywhere – in European countries, on the other side of the Atlantic and as far away as Asia and Australia. [Read more →]
February 21, 2014 2 Comments
A barracks as a forerunner in terms of urban development and sustainable living? What sounds like a mismatch is today the home of more than 5,000 citizens of Freiburg, Germany in a district called Vauban.
When the French troops left after the Cold War in the beginning of the 1990s the city of Freiburg saw a great opportunity to meet the rising demand for housing space and decided to develop a new district in this area.
Extended civic participation – giving power to the people
With this urban development aspiration of the municipal government, some citizens felt that the time had come to implement their dream of a livable and eco-just district. For this purpose they founded the association Forum Vauban in 1994.
January 14, 2014 No Comments
It is often overlooked—or conveniently forgotten—that the early industrial revolution was powered 100% by renewable energy. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that fossil fuels began to overtake renewable energy in industrial economies around the world.
Today there are communities around the world celebrating their recent transition to 100% renewable energy (RE) in electricity supply. A growing global movement among local and regional governments is proving that meeting 100% of our energy demand with renewable energy is viable. [Read more →]
October 10, 2013 No Comments