Hamburg’s Senate is setting course for a sustainable redevelopment of the city with a broad update of its climate plan, thus ensuring that Hamburg will remain livable and economically successful into the future. The aim is to transform into a climate-friendly city that provides all residents with sustainable, affordable infrastructure that promotes economic development.
Carbon Neutral by 2050
By 2030, Hamburg will reduce its CO2 emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels and is thus oriented towards the federal government's climate protection goals. The city aims to reduce emissions by at least 95% by 2050 in order to achieve climate neutrality. At the same time, Hamburg will adapt to the effects of climate change and thus become a climate-resilient city.
In order to achieve these ambitious goals, the city must invest in sustainable, safe and affordable infrastructure. This requires the restructuring of the urban energy supply, building and transport infrastructure and a transformation of all areas of life and business. In the climate plan adopted in December 2019, the Senate sets out sector-specific CO2 reduction targets and the measures required to achieve them. Hamburg is the first federal state to oblige the authorities responsible for the respective sectors to implement the necessary CO2 savings through their own measures.
The following four transformation paths illustrate the necessary transformation processes to meet the CO2 reduction targets and how further adaptation to climate change can take place: heating transition / building efficiency, mobility transition, economy and climate adaptation.
Mobility transformation and e-mobility
The transport sector is facing massive challenges when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions. Compared to the base year 1990, it still causes almost a third of urban CO2 emissions and will continue to grow. In order to achieve Hamburg's climate protection goals, 1.4 million tons of CO2 must be saved by 2030 through mobility transformation. The expansion of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in public and private areas must therefore be intensively promoted by the mid-2020s. The electrification of vehicle fleets is another important component of Hamburg's mobility transition. The transition of the Hamburg taxi fleet to emission-free vehicles not only makes a valuable contribution to the reduction of climate-damaging emissions in inner-city traffic, it also sends a signal for the mobility behaviour of all Hamburg residents.