Schleswig-Holstein’s first climate protection agency

An update from our German pilot: The Rendsburg-Eckernförde district founded Schleswig-Holstein’s first climate protection agency in October 2020. Now the agency is starting its work at the Eckernförde Technology and Ecology Center (TÖZ).
It is to support the approximately 30 communities that have joined so far with ideas and applications for green projects. Sebastian Krug, who was already involved in the Co2mmunity project, is one of the responsible climate protection managers. A short video (in German) about the climate protection agency can be found here. The video will be available until June 22, 2021.

Insights into the german pilot project

Within the German pilot project, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Schleswig-Holstein (SH) acts as a facilitator for civil society to engage in democratic debates. They foster energy transition by empowering citizens through practice-oriented courses, building regional and local energy networks, and encouraging citizen initiatives.

The local RENCOP (renewable energy cooperative partnership) is built a little differently than in our other pilot projects. Here, it presents a regional strategic network and entails key regional civil society actors – such as the Country Women’s Association. In the following, we present to you what they have been working on.

Climate-friendly Cooking

What does cooking have to do with renewable energy, you might wonder. At first glance maybe not much, yet the way we eat can have a significant impact on the climate. That’s why the Country Women’s Association together with the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation SH formed the group “Treffpunkt des Guten Geschmacks” (meeting place for good taste) to create a cooking-app and provide people the ability to know and eat what’s good – for us, the region and the climate.

The result is a climate-friendly, seasonal, and regional cooking app that helps to reduce the individual CO2-footprint and improve working conditions in the supply chain. Long transport routes, refrigeration, and storage become almost needless by consciously choosing regional and seasonal products over imported ones. Thus, it puts a focus on the often unnoticed local diversity of fruits and vegetables and inspires people to (re-)discover, for example topinambour, wild garlic, or parsnip.

To view the recipe, click on the image.

 Providing suitable recipes for every season, the app is scheduled to be published in autumn 2021 and will invite everyone to participate, try recipes, add new ones, and exchange their tasty experiences.

To give you an inspiration, here’s a recipe that the group has tried already: Turnip with a mustard-sugar-crust. Looks tasty, doesn’t it?

Raised garden bed at Anscharpark, Kiel

Another project that was born out of the local network is a raised garden bed at Anscharpark, Kiel. Jochen Bock, the gardener from Nordkolleg in Rendsburg who initiated the project, provided wood from hist own spruce forest, while local waste management supplied the compost ground. Herbs, vegetables and all kinds of edible plants can grow here. Aiming at making gardening available as an experience and self-empowerment exercise, it enables people to see food grow in real-time and receive a hands-on understanding of the effort it takes. Immediately, the garden bed received a lot of positive feedback from the local community. Who knows, maybe this could even grow into a bigger urban gardening project beyond Anscharpark.

High Bed in Anscherpark (Kiel)

Newspaper article about our partner Energiebürger.SH

Our partner Energiebürger.SH in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany supports citizens in taking the topic of renewable energies into their own hands. In courses they enable participants to found their own community energy projects. They learn how to develop, finance and implement such a project. Energiebürger.SH also offers a platform for exchange and networking. In addition, the Energiebürger.SH inform on lectures and movie nights, also in co-operation with Co2mmunity, about the topic of renewable energies.

This month, the regional newspaper “Bauernblatt” informed in an article about the initiative Energiebürger.SH. You can find the article here.

More information about Energiebürger.SH and their upcoming events can be found on their website.

Germany: Climate Protection Workshop in Rendsburg

On the 25th February, energiebü holds a Workshop in Rendsburg. The participants will get insights into how the district has become active so far, what climate science predicts and what possible futures of the energy transition in the state of Schleswig-Holstein might look like. Afterwards it is time to discuss in small groups what kind of future is desirable and where the people need to become active to make the change happen.

Find the invitation here and register to get one of the 30 places available until the 15th February.

Germany: Co2mmunity partner offers seminar on public participation in wind energy planning

The first part of the seminar will be held on 4th December in Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. There the participants will get to know how to participate in the amendement of windenergy development zonation in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, which is still possible until the 3rd January 2019. A second workshop on realising regional and local benefits follows in January. Unfortunately both workshops are in German only.

Find the complete invitation here:

Dienstag, 4. Dezember 2018, 18 – 20.30 Uhr
ConventGarten – Gildezimmer, Hindenburgstr. 38 – 42, 24768 Rendsburg