Climate Roadmap 2035: How will Stuttgart become climate neutral?

Round table on the project "Net Zero Stuttgart" at HFT Stuttgart

The state capital Stuttgart has set itself the goal of becoming climate neutral by 2035. At the end of 2021, the management consultancy McKinsey was commissioned to develop a detailed, cross-sector catalogue of measures. Experts and managers from business, science and administration discussed the initial results at HFT Stuttgart on 12 April.

To develop the measures, a large number of studies were evaluated and interviews were conducted with decision-makers from the city, associations, startups, NGOs and companies from Stuttgart - including HFT Stuttgart. First results on the contributions of the sectors buildings, electricity/heat, industry, transport as well as financing approaches were presented to the expert public at the HFT Stuttgart.

Subsequently, the measures were discussed in thematic workshops. Dr. Bastian Schröter, Professor of Energy Technology at HFT Stuttgart, was allowed to lead the discussion in the electricity/heat group as a member of the Climate Innovation Council of the City of Stuttgart. "In order to achieve a complete decarbonization of Stuttgart's electricity and heat supply by 2035, all levers really need to be pulled at the same time: this means a significantly higher energy refurbishment rate of the building stock to reduce heat consumption as well as a massive expansion of rooftop PV systems. Technically, this is feasible, but approval procedures must be significantly simplified, funding measures must be used in a targeted manner, and all conceivable efficiency potential must be leveraged during implementation in order to address the problem of the shortage of craftsmen in particular," says Schröter.

HFT rector Professor Dr. Katja Rade stressed in your greeting word before the 60 landed Entscheidsträger:innen from Stuttgart the contribution, which can make the HFT Stuttgart for the reaching of the climatic neutrality goals: apart from the training of the suitable specialists can e.g. 80% of the third-party funds acquired in 2021, well over € 6 million, can be directly assigned to projects from the thematic area of energy and transport transition, climate adaptation and climate-friendly construction - entirely in line with the profile-giving HFT additions "climate-competent - resilient - networked". Katja Rade also emphasized that, due to its central inner-city location, HFT Stuttgart can only achieve its own goal of ideally being climate-neutral by 2030 in cooperation with the city and all stakeholders, and that the success of the "Net Zero Stuttgart" project is therefore also of great importance for HFT Stuttgart.

Publish date: 13. April 2022 By Bastian Schröter ()