German City Energy Practices and Pathways to Net-Zero Neighbourhoods


This presentation will describe the technical, institutional, regulatory, and market energy structures of typical small- and medium-sized German Cities.  The resulting energy and climate performance will be discussed and benchmarked against typical similar North American communities.

As in North America, the challenge to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by major levels is challenging communities to find ways to create “net-zero neighborhoods” in both existing and new areas of their communities.  The pathway to evolve the current energy structures to support Net Zero goals will be described, along with some ideas as to how these might be adapted for the U.S. and Canada.

Presented By

Gerd Fleischhammer

Gerd has been working in Campus and City Master Planning, including projects with district energy strategies, for more than 25 years. He has many years of experience in the development of Energy Concepts and Master Plans, especially involving integrated energy solutions for campuses and communities. His work on community master planning has included energy efficiency solutions for buildings and neighborhoods, with many projects including primary schools, high schools and colleges. In this context, he has also developed strategies for efficient energy generation and supply with district energy based on both co-generation and renewable sources