The senate and commerce in Hamburg have set new priorities in the Eco-Partnership Hamburg, which is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year and was extended until 2023 in late March. The extension comes as a study by Travelbird ranked Hamburg among the world’s most verdant cities. The city placed ninth among the 50 most popular cities worldwide and was the only German city in the Top 10. Every resident of Hamburg can avail of some 114 square metres of green space. Around 540 square metres of the total 755 square meters are green areas.
New focus on digitalisation, green port and sustainable procurement
The Eco-Partnership Hamburg is between the senate and commerce represented by the Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Crafts, the industrial association and the business association Unternehmensverband Hafen Hamburg. The aim is to ensure that voluntary, corporate environmental protection pays off. Partners who continue their environmental protection efforts will become more visible in future and a quality seal will be introduced. In recent years, energy transition and efficient resources played a key role and will now be complemented by priorities in digitalisation, green port, heat transition and sustainable procurement. Various funding schemes are available for corporate, environmental measures and will be custom-made to the individual partners.
Conviction and entrepreneurial spirit needed for environmental protection
Tobias Bergmann, Chamber of Commerce President, remarked: “We want to make the eco-partnership better known, gain more member companies and achieve widespread effects. Through our commitment, we want to show that environmental protection does not necessarily require legal mandates. Environmental protection needs mainly conviction and entrepreneurial spirit. The eco-partnership is the right means for that.“ The network presently has around 1,100 companies and institutions, including Hermes Germany, S-Bahn Hamburg and the Asklepios Kliniken. Around 740 active partners can show achievements towards improved environmental and climate protection e.g. energy efficiency, insulation, solar systems and filters.
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