Infrastruktur und Umwelt

Inform and Involve – Lahn-Dill energy and climate plan presented to the public in Herborn

Local council leader Heinz Schreiber wants the Lahn-Dill energy and climate plan to give people a renewed sense of purpose. He made this clear on Thursday 4 December 2014 at the Johanneum school in Herborn where around 50 members of the public and representatives from politics, administration and the local economy had come together to see the official launch of the Lahn-Dill energy and climate plan and to hear about the aims, progress and initial results of the plan.

The initial results of the overview of energy consumption and the potential analysis carried out for the district were presented by Hans-Jürgen Gräff, project leader with the working-group – made up from two Darmstadt-based institutes, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT, Professor Böhm und Partner and INSTITUT WOHNEN UND UMWELT GmbH – which were commissioned by the Lahn-Dill district in the summer of 2014 to produce the plan. “In contrast with many other rural districts, Lahn-Dill is very much characterized by industry and commerce,” noted Herr Gräff. This can be seen particularly clearly in that sector’s contribution to energy use in the district, and also in the fact that the average energy use per person in Lahn-Dill is significantly higher than in the neighbouring rural districts. Additionally, there are marked differences between various communities within the district. For Gräff, one of the essential tasks involved in the Lahn-Dill energy and climate plan is working out these differences and providing individual communities with tailored proposals regarding their contribution to the Energiewende, the German energy transition, and climate change mitigation in district. In the end, 18 communities entered into a cooperation agreement with the district authority in relation to the development of the plan.

The development of the energy and climate plan will continue until the spring of 2015. An important aspect of the plan is the provision of detailed information for the participating communities. This will take the form of individual community profiles that provide information regarding, for example, energy use, how to meet energy needs, possible steps relating to saving and producing energy, a detailed overview of energy use within the community and suggested action.