Interesting facts

Population of 74,000
Climate Alliance member since 1995

Smart planning for municipal climate action

An energetic exemple: Innovation Centre Wiesenbusch Gladbeck.

Gladbeck joined Climate Alliance in 1995 and has been active in the fields of climate protection and resource management ever since. In 2010, the city renewed its commitment by adopting an “Integrated Climate Protection Plan.” Gladbeck has improved its building stock with the help of funding from the 2009 German economic stimulus programme. The city undertook a complete retrofit of one school and installed a combined heat and power plant in another, to mention just two examples. In 2012, a Climate Protection Manager took office, responsible for implementing Gladbeck’s Climate Protection Plan. The manager regularly offers a variety of presentations and consulting schemes, something to which residents of all ages and walks of life have taken eagerly. In 2014, Gladbeck created another position in order to improve environmental education, especially in schools and kindergartens. Both positions are co-funded by the German Ministry for the Environment (BMUB).

Municipal administration sets precedents in energy management

This Gladbeck city bus runs on hydrogen.

Back in 1978, Gladbeck started a municipal energy management programme. Over the course of 35 years, this programme has reduced consumption of heating and electricity, and later, also of water, in public buildings by half. The city reports on its own energy consumption annually and also places the issue on the agenda in its schools. The amount of energy produced by solar panels, installed jointly by the city and an energy cooperative on municipal roofs in 2011, is displayed on screens so that the children can see the results. In this way, the Gladbeck commitment also directly educates the next generation.

City Cycling in Gladbeck: All around the world

Gladbeck promotes cycling.

Gladbeck is a founding member of a regional working group of pedestrian and cycle-friendly local authorities (AGFS). It actively promotes climate-friendly modes of transportation, for instance, by improving its cycling infrastructure. In 2014, it participated for the second time in City Cycling, a Climate Alliance campaign for climate-friendly mobility. In that year, 250 residents of Gladbeck logged more kilometres by bike than the distance from Gladbeck to the equator. In so doing, they avoided nearly 6.7 tons of CO2 and helped put bicycling in the spotlight across Gladbeck.


Katrin Knur, Climate Protection Manager
City of Gladbeck, Mayor’s Office/ Department for the Environment

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© City of Gladbeck (all three) 

last updated in April 2015