Groningen is appointed 'Lighthouse City' by the European Commission, because the Groningen approach to the energy transition is an example for other European cities, according to the European Commission. This recognition is accompanied by a 7.6 mln grant to strenthen the position and be a showcase to the rest of Europe. The municipality, companies, knowledge institutions, housing associations and residents work together to create the neighbourhood of the future, with energy generating buildings and smart IT solutions.
Co2 neutral in 2035
Groningen has the ambition to be a CO2 neutral city in 2035. This is much sooner than the rest of the Netherlands and Europe. Groningen already employs a smart community approach and innovative solutions to make districts energy neutral or positive. In districts in the north and southeast of Groningen, a number of representative buildings are being selected, new and old, big and small. A couple of these buildings do not just become energy neutral, but will get an energy surplus. This surplus will benefit other buildings that are much harder to make more sustainable.
Copyright photo: Henk Tammens (municipality of Groningen)