Wangen im Allgäu – the place to get involved on energy challenges
The city of Wangen im Allgäu (27.602 inhabitants) is a role model when it comes to a broad involvement of citizens and businesses into numerous energy and climate political measures and activities. The city is determined to achieve its goal of a 50 % reduction of CO2 emissions across all sectors by 2020 (reference year: 1995). Simultaneously, Wangen im Allgäu works on reducing the use of fossil fuel energies by at least 75 % until 2050, compared to levels in 2010.
This represents an important interim goal on the path towards the achievement of a 2000-Watt-Society. One of the accomplishments of Wangen im Allgäu represents the founding of an inter-municipal energy cooperative – with its 464 members one of the biggest in the region. This cooperative allows Wangen’s citizens to actively participate in energy themes and to invest in regional projects that support a sustainable energy supply. Further important steps are the establishment of a municipal energy supplier which is running several hydro-electric power plants and a biomass-fueled district heating grid. Major focus areas of the city’s Energy and Climate Protection Commission Statement represent public relations work and the involvement of citizens in urban planning, measures to improve energy efficiency, the environmentally sustainable development of building land, as well as the development of an energy efficient and future-oriented transport concept. Wangen im Allgäu has been distinguished for its front-running activities by the European Energy Award. In 2012, the city was recertified for the second time and “missed” the European Energy Award Gold by a margin of only 2 %.