Regional energy concept FrankfurtRheinMain
"FrankfurtRheinMain – 100 % energy-efficient and renewable"
This is the stated goal of the city of Frankfurt am Main and the Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain. Together they strive to turn the entire region into a climate-neutral society by 2050 – an ambitious undertaking which will require the cooperation of various parties on all levels. The regional energy concept organizes this cooperation at the regional level.
Why is the Regional Authority creating the regional energy concept? The region is the level at which the overarching climate and energy policy goals (of the EU, federal government and states) and specific local projects – often with effects beyond the local level – intertwine. Practical implementation starts here and must be considered and coordinated with other requirements which affect the region. The Authority manages and coordinates this development and is responsible for the collective image of the region.
Framework conditions and implementation so far
The city of Frankfurt am Main has developed a master plan which shows how the energy supply of Frankfurt can be 100% transitioned to the efficient use of renewable energies by 2050. The project is supported by the Bundesmisterium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety) as part of the "Master plan 100% Climate Protection". The goals of Frankfurt can only be accomplished in cooperation with the region.
The rest of the FrankfurtRheinMain region already has numerous energy policy targets passed at the level of the districts, cities, and municipalities. Many municipalities also accepted obligations by joining pacts, such as the Climate Pact, Convent of Mayors, and 100 Municipalities for Climate Protection. A joint target has not yet been decided for the region as a whole.
Procedures by the Regional Authority
In the FrankfurtRhineMain region, the Regional Authority manages and coordinates the development and is responsible for the joint image of the region.
At the regional level it has two instrumental pillars available for this:
- regional preparatory land use plan (RegFNP), objective sub-plan
- renewable energies
- Regional energy concepts (analyses, policies / targets and implementation strategies / measures for the energy policy development of the region).
The Regional Assembly Südhessen and the Authority Chamber of the Regional Authority have decided on the development of an objective sub-plan on renewable energies which replaces the stated goals and plan representations made in the currently valid RegFNP on the topic of energy. The objective sub-plan on renewable energies will mainly formulate areas of precedence for wind energy use and goals and principles for other renewable energies. Non-area-relevant types of renewable energies and other aspects of energy reform, such as energy saving and efficiency, can hardly be controlled by the formal tools of planning.
The regional energy concept is thus supposed to replace the formal regional planning and focus especially on the cooperation of the responsible public authorities, business, and associations, authorities, unions etc.