HAMBURG, Germany – Holding the title of European Green Capital 2011, Hamburg is the hotspot for climate experts from all over the world: international trade-fairs and top-class conferences will be dealing with renewable-energies , responsible consumption and concepts for enhancing sustainability in Europe’s metropolitan regions.
One of the first highlights will be the “goodgoods” trade fair (27 – 29 May), Germany’s first major trade fair for sustainable consumer-products. The “goodgoods” will showcase “good” products and services from the fields of living, fashion, technology, mobility, nutrition and health. (http://www.goodgoods.de)
A highlight in the field of green-technologies will be the H2Expo (8 – 9 June), an international conference and trade-fair, presenting recent trends in hydrogen-technology, fuel-cell-technologies, and topics such as electrical-drives and hybrid-systems. (http://www.H2Expo.com)
September will see the largest international gathering of the photovoltaic solar energy industry. The EU PVSEC (5 to 9 September) is the world’s most important forum for academics, the industry and professionals from the photovoltaic-branches. (http://www.photovoltaic-conference.com)
From 14 to 15 September, international port and environment experts will meet at Hamburg’s Green Port Congress, which will focus on the question of how modern European ports can be operated in a sustainable fashion. (http://www.greenport.com/congress)
A magnet for visitors will be the Hamburg Climate Week (23 to 30 September), during which Hamburg will showcase its expertise regarding climate protection. An interactive theme-park in Hamburg’s city centre will inform visitors about topics relating to climate change. (http://www.klima.hamburg.de/klimawoche).
The Intelligent Cities Expo (8 to 10 November) will mark the closing of the Green Capital year. Politicians, urban planners, energy suppliers and experts from the field of transport, finance and communication will discuss approaches to energy efficiency, resource protection and sustainability. (http://www.intelligentcitiesexpo.com/)
One of the decisive factors for Hamburg receiving the title was the city’s climate protection scheme. As a growing port and industrial hub, Hamburg has successfully reduced its CO2 emissions by 15 percent since 1990. By the year 2020, CO2 emissions are planned to be further reduced by 40 percent. (http://www.hamburggreencapital.eu)