Duisburg aims to create world’s first environmentally neutral quarter


The German city of Duisburg has teamed up with Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH (Haniel) to make the port district of Ruhrort the first environmentally neutral quarter in the world by 2029. The term environmental neutrality extends beyond the well-known climate neutrality to include themes such as biodiversity preservation and soil and water protection.

Mayor of Duisburg Sören Link stated on social media: Together with other partners, we want to make Ruhrort the world’s first environmentally neutral city district on the initiative of Haniel and thus set an important example in the fight against climate change. By the end of 2029, this is to be achieved with the “urbanZero” project – together with the business community and, above all, with the people”.

In addition to the great “urban future Ruhr” project in Hochfeld, this will drive forward another highlight in our beautiful city and show that a strong industrial location in particular can set environmental and climate policy standards, mayor Link further stated.

The purpose of this ambitious project is to ensure that human activity in Ruhrort does not adversely affect the environment. This will improve the quality of life of the Ruhrort inhabitants and improve the general economic and social conditions in this area. To achieve this, Haniel, greenzero.me and HeimatERBE will work together with experts from various fields.

The project is divided into three phases, with the first stage set to be completed by 2023. The human influence on the environment will first be determined through scientific methods. In the next stage, the environmental consequences will be reduced via particular measures or the irreducible consequences might be compensated, for example, via the ecological treatment of brownfields or constructing renovations and planting.

I am very excited about the concrete measures and look forward to the discussions with the citizens, mayor of Duisburg Sören Link concluded. (photo credit: wikimedia)