Organic, “green” and Nuremberg all belong together
As long ago as 2006, the Nuremberg city council made the unanimous decision to join the organic city network Città del BIO, and was the forerunner in Germany by doing so. Today, the Città del BIO has almost 200 members across Europe. The specific goals of these “organic cities” are to support organic farming and regional production and to promote a culture of sustainable consumption and eating, whilst foregoing the use of genetic engineering in foodstuffs.
In addition, Nuremberg has been a Fair Trade city since 2010 and is host to the world’s leading trade fair for organic products – BIOFACH – which for more than 25 years has been a place where people can share their passion for organic food and products. Highlights of this event include several interactive theme areas, where visitors can enjoy cookery, demonstrations and tastings and have the opportunity to share their views. Almost 45,000 visitors were welcomed at this industry event in 2015.
Every year, “Experience Organic” takes place in July in the historic heart of the city. Located in the gorgeous setting of the Nuremberg Hauptmarkt, it is a major market for organic products, culture, art, fashion and activities for children, and in 2016 it celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Organic products are also prominent at the famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, with over 25% of stallholders offering such products.
An organic experience
The Greater Nuremberg area is home to major frontrunners and market leaders in the organic sector, with over 800 companies belonging to this future-oriented industry. A major partner for sustainable development is BLUEPINGU, an association which, alongside the regional guides, offers a regional gastronomy and shopping guide with a list of over 1,200 local organic suppliers.
German Green City Index
In the German Green City Index, an environmental performance study commissioned by Siemens, Nuremberg achieved an “above average” overall result. Amongst the cities where the proportion of industry totals 25% or more, Nuremberg is the only one in Germany to rank “above average” in the CO2 emissions category.
Top position for solar energy
Germany has a “Solar National League”, a competition to gauge the progress made by cities, towns and communities in installing photovoltaic systems. Nuremberg occupies the no. 1 position in this competition against other cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants.
Intelligent traffic concept
As part of its Climate Protection Programme 2010/2020, Nuremberg has added a new automated line to its underground network, operating with centrally-controlled, driverless trains. This fully-automated system enables a particularly energy-saving mode of operation.
The city also has a good public transport network which a third (33%) of local residents use daily to commute to work – the third highest percentage across the whole of Germany. There are 13 research and development bodies in the metropolitan area working on innovative traffic engineering, mobility systems and logistics.
The automatic traffic control system introduced in 2004 regulates traffic flowing towards the Nuremberg convention centre and stadium, starting a good distance away from the event sites. It is intended to minimise the negative effects of extra traffic on the approach roads during special events and thus reduce the burden for local residents.
As part of its “energy offensive”, exhibition company NürnbergMesse is actively promoting the sensible use of heat and energy. It has brought together a dedicated team within the company, whose task it is to develop energy saving measures and establish them throughout the organisation. These include progressively switching to energy-saving LED luminaires for the lighting in the exhibition halls and car parks, installing modern cooling systems and holding the relevant staff training. The campaign has also led to the contract for the supply of electricity to NürnbergMesse being adapted and the proportion of electricity from renewable energy resources has been increased to 30%.
NürnbergMesse has received several awards for its commitment. Recognised as an exemplary company in the Greater Nuremberg region and as a role model for climate protection, it has been named “Energy Efficiency Winner 2015”. The newly-constructed Hall 3A at NürnbergMesse is the first exhibition hall in the world to receive the “Platinum” award from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
In connection with GTM 2015, GNTB has been awarded the GreenNote seal of approval by the mygreenmeeting.de competency network in recognition of the particular focus on conservation of resources in the organisation of the event.
The GNTB cooperated with mygreenmeeting.de for the GTM Germany Travel Mart™. mygreenmeeting.de is a competency network that awards the GreenNote seal of approval to events whose organisation it considers to be consistent with the principles of environmental protection.
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