Bozen/Bolzano on the way to becoming a “Green City”

Enertour destination – the community of Bozen/Bolzano is the capital of South Tyrol. Bozen/Bolzano has worked out the details of an ambitious plan to reduce, by 2030, the carbon footprint of its roughly 100,000 inhabitants by 80%. The “green” plan was conceived in collaboration with the research institute EURAC Research.

The city of Bozen/Bolzano is blessed with favourable conditions to start with: apart from plenty of sunshine, a densely populated urban area, a wide network of cycle tracks and various opportunities for exploiting hydro-energy, it is also the home of the CasaClima initiative. CasaClima is South Tyrol’s successful contribution to energy efficient housing. Whilst the city has already been showered with any number of prizes in recognition of its commitment to energy saving, this has not lessened the efforts of the town administration in racing ahead to ensure a future based on sustainable energy sources.

At local level, a plethora of measures will come to fruition over the next few years, focusing on three areas, namely mobility, heat and electricity provision. Central to this will be the renovation of buildings in order to conserve energy.

As for mobility, the following areas will be improved further: public transport, the cycle network, electro-mobility, pedestrian precincts and innovative control systems for traditional traffic. Even today, the humble bicycle accounts for almost 30% of all journeys, and the aim is to increase this to 40% by 2030. At the same time, a great deal of research is being carried out in Bozen/Bolzano into hydrogen production which is due to be used in the near future to run five hydrogen (fuel cell) powered buses.

Solar energy, geothermal energy and hydro-electric power will, by 2030, be able to meet most of the energy needs for the citizens of Bozen/Bolzano. Using the waste heat from a nearby residual waste treatment plant will allow a district heating grid to provide additional heat for the city. Adding photovoltaic modules to a further 5% of built-up areas will, in the future, be sufficient to meet around 20% of the urban energy requirements through solar power.

Another decision has been taken in this context, namely to construct a new carbon-neutral urban district, and work for this had already started in 2014. In collaboration with the neighbouring city of Innsbruck in the Austrian Tyrol, the CasaClima Agency and various research partners, there are further pioneering approaches planned in the area of energy-efficient house renovation. The intention is to renovate an area of around 35,000 m² of existing buildings in an energy-efficient manner over the coming five years.

Apart from the numerous ecological and social advantages, members of the city administration are also hoping for palpable impulses to stimulate local enterprises, leading to tangible savings for the population. This should also bring about an expansion in the South Tyrol “Green Energy” field of competence.

Enertour will take you to visit some of the places where these projects are already operational, so that you can learn more about the ambitious energy concept of the Community of Bozen/Bolzano.

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