1. ICLEI Member News
Heidelberg wins award for pioneering Passive House development
Heidelberg Environmental Agency (Germany) has received the 2014 Passive House Award for its pioneering work on energy efficient housing. The ICLEI member city has put sustainability first during each stage of the new Bahnstadt City District development, which demonstrates the value of applying the Passive House standard to extensive development schemes.
Bahnstadt is the largest Passive House development in the world, combining a mix of residential, business, research and commercial buildings. A 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions is expected in the area by 2015, thanks to the buildings' ultra-low energy consumption. In the longer term, the Council hopes to supply Bahnstadt entirely from renewable energy sources.
“The Award is an emphatic reminder of Bahnstadt’s importance as a lighthouse project[…]Our youngest district shows what is possible when you apply technology intelligently,” said Dr. Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg, speaking at the Awards ceremony.
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Glasgow 2014 awarded ISO standard for sustainability
The 2014 Commonwealth Games, hosted by ICLEI member city Glasgow (UK), has achieved ISO 20121, the international standard for Sustainable Event Management. Organisers have incorporated sustainability into the planning, implementation and legacy of the event. The standard recognises that the Games is demonstrating an awareness of economic, environmental and social impacts in all decisions.
All ticket holders and workers at the Games have been provided with free public transport around the city, and the car and bus fleet have been upgraded to ensure minimum emissions. Other initiatives include an energy efficient Athletes’ Village, with photovoltaic panels on all structures. A zero waste to landfill policy throughout the event includes a commitment to compost all food waste and disposable cutlery generated.
Lord Chris Smith, Chairman of Glasgow 2014, said: "Sustainability is at the core of all our decisions and not an added extra or bolted on strategy; it is about making positive and lasting changes in the way we use natural and human resources to improve quality of life for all, now and in the future."
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Angers exceeds waste reduction targets
In 2005, ICLEI member Angers (France) set itself the target of reducing annual household waste across the city, with a 7 percent reduction target in waste production overall by 2013. For each citizen, this meant an annual decline in household waste to 285kg. In figures published on 19 June, the city was able to announce that it had surpassed the 285kg target, with the average Angers resident producing just 282kg of waste each year, 87kg of which was recycled.
The city council combined awareness raising activities by ‘recycling champions’ with schemes to reduce packaging in supermarkets, distribution of more than 12,000 individual household composters and guides to reducing, reusing and recycling waste products.
Angers’ experience shows that by getting local residents on board and supporting their individual efforts, the cumulative impact can be significant.
For more information, click here [in French].