The environmental relief programme in Berlin


By URBACT, on June 3rd, 2010

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Funding of environment projects through European structural funds

The City of Berlin promotes environmental projects in the field of nature and climate protection within an environmental relief programme (ERP) co-funded by the EU. Environmental funding programmes in Berlin exist since the reunification. From 2000 the focus is on energy-efficient refurbishment of non-residential old buildings mainly kindergardens, schools and sport facilities.

The ERP-standard for old buildings after renovation is better than the minimum legal requirements of the Energy Conversation Regulation for new buildings. In the period of 2000 to 2006 113 non-residential buildings have been renovated. This is equivalent to the annual per-capita-emission of nearly 1,000 Berliners. In the period 2007 to 2013 90 non-residential buildings will be refurbished and this saves the annual CO2 emissions of more than 2,000 inhabitants. In total between 2007 and 2013 160 million Euros will be invested by the ERP, whereof 80 millions come from the European Funds for Regional Development.

One of the most particular project is the retrofitting of a more than 100 years old tropical greenhouse in the Botanic Garden Berlin-Dahlem of the Freie Universität Berlin. After three years of extensive construction work, the complete renovation of the main tropical greenhouse is almost finished. The building is more than 100 years old and protected as historic monument. It is expected to reduce its energy use by 50%.The total expenditure of the investment reaches 16 million Euros and the effect of the refurbishment decrease the operating costs by 100,000 Euros a year.

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