This webinar offers a deep dive into the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis's journey to becoming a benchmark in climate protection and energy innovation. We will examine the district's effective strategies for phasing out fossil fuels and the transition to a local, renewable energy supply. Key questions will guide our exploration: What are the most efficient ways to eliminate fossil energy? How can a region successfully adopt local renewable sources? The webinar will confront typical challenges faced by municipalities, including lack of knowledge/expertise, technological and financial barriers, system operation complexities, (local) regulations and land use issues. The webinar will also outline starting conditions, enabling factors as well as solutions that have been implemented to address the typical challenges. Importantly, we will discuss the substantial economic impact of this transition, which resulted in an annual regional value creation of 44 million euros for the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, sustained over a 20-year period. Providing firsthand insights, our speaker is the former District Administrator of Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, Bertram Fleck, who played a pivotal role in the region's transition to sustainable energy.
Bertram Fleck is a German politician from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who served as the District Administrator of Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis from 1989 to 2015, championing decentralized power generation from the onset of his tenure. Prior to this role, he was a jurist in the financial administration of a German federal state. Bertram Fleck spearheaded the district's transition to renewable energy, which included significant projects such as the "1000 Roofs Photovoltaic Program," and led the region to produce over three times its own electricity consumption from renewable sources. His leadership was instrumental in the district's numerous sustainability initiatives, ranging from energy-efficient building renovations to the establishment of biomass and wind power plants. Fleck's efforts were recognized when Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis was awarded the "Energy Municipality of the Decade" by the German Renewable Energy Agency (AEE) in 2018.
Registration is open until 29 January: https://forms.gle/YNgYKdBxUEDgxi2M7
The webinar is held in English with simultaneous translation into Polish, Romanian, Croatian and Hungarian.