NRW was the first German state to anchor the challenges associated with the energy and climate policies in a binding state law. According to Sec. 7 of this Act, the state government aims to run a carbon-neutral state administration by the year 2030.
The concept to be drafted to this end comprises the necessity to protect resources, to maintain resource and energy efficiency, to conserve energy and to meet energy needs through renewable energy sources.
A study of the status quo was carried out, examining, for example, the administrations of other German states, in order to present general consequences for NRW. In a next step, the organisational system boundary of the NRW state administration and the CO?-emitting areas in the building, mobility and procurement sectors of the administrative units were defined.
First steps were announced, and fields of action for the participation process to be initiated were derived. The integration in NRW's future climate plan is also guaranteed.
For the detailed concept and implementation stage, a multi-stage process as well as building blocks were developed and recorded along with the schedule, including relevant milestones.
The concept was part of a comprehensive consulting service for the state government regarding current energy and climate-political issues as to what extent climate protection measures can be realised at state level.
With its plan to become carbon neutral, the state of NRW strives to set an example not only for other public bodies such as local authorities, but also for the general public.