Press Releases

16.04.2018

Sustainable catering: Eating out is becoming more climate-friendly

The average German citizen eats out around 140 times a year – and this trend is on the increase, meaning that the relevance of the associated climate protection potential is also on the rise. A wide range of factors have an impact on the climate: which ingredients are used to prepare which meals? Where do the foodstuffs come from? How are they processed? The “NAHGAST” project at the Münster University of Applied Sciences works with partners from the world of science and those with practical experience in order to help catering establishments and commercial kitchens make the food they produce more sustainable. The research project today received recognition of its achievement from the state of NRW. KlimaExpo.NRW Managing Director Dr Heinrich Dornbusch presented Prof. Dr Petra Teitscheid of Münster University of Applied Sciences with the official certificate of inclusion in the state-wide showcase for climate protection.

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06.04.2018

Travelling sustainably: Reducing CO2 emissions on an overnight break

Taking a holistic approach to climate protection – this is the premise under which Landhaus Beckmann country hotel in Kalkar operates. The family-run hotel and restaurant business implements many small but efficient measures to ensure that its guests enjoy a sustainable break on the Lower Rhine. In the process, Landhaus Beckmann constantly sets itself new climate protection targets and its plans for this year include buying a new electric company car. In recognition of its achievements, KlimaExpo.NRW Senior Managing Director Dr Heinrich Dornbusch has now included the business in the state-wide showcase for climate protection. 

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06.04.2018

Cologne: Ships are charged with climate-friendly electricity from the shore

Not only do cargo ships need electricity while they are travelling down the Rhine, but also while they are in the harbour. Diesel generators usually supply the on-board power for docked ships, thus causing pollution to the city air. Through the “Landstrom für Schiffe” (“Shore-side electricity for ships”) project, RheinEnergie provides ships with eleven free power connections in Cologne’s Rheinau harbour. In recognition of its significance in terms of climate protection, KlimaExpo.NRW has now included the venture among the ranks of its qualified projects.

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23.03.2018

Building retrofits for climate protection – ‘Sandy’ supports municipalities

Around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany can be traced back to residential buildings. Existing buildings therefore offer particularly high potential when it comes to climate protection efforts. This is where the ‘Sandy’ research project comes in. In this joint project, researchers from Bochum are examining ways to promote the retrofitting of private residential buildings and developing related concepts. In doing so, they aim to increase the number of existing buildings that are being retrofitted, thereby reducing energy consumption in municipalities. Today, KlimaExpo.NRW presented the project’s stakeholders with a certificate acknowledging this important step towards a climate-friendly future.

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23.03.2018

NRW competition for schoolchildren finds the next generation of specialists

The challenges posed by climate change, and by the energy transition in particular, have led to an enormous increase in the need for qualified specialists in the disciplines of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT). The competition for schoolchildren known as FUELCELLBOX is therefore already reaching out today to the potential experts of tomorrow. It arouses enthusiasm and motivation for technical and scientific careers by means of practical tasks related to everyday life and thus combines the promotion of MINT disciplines with climate protection. In recognition of this innovative contribution, KlimaExpo.NRW today honoured the educational project at the international energy trade fair, Energy Storage Europe 2018, in Düsseldorf.

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