Blazing a Trail for Climate Protection
The best examples are the ecological neighbourhoods Casanova/Kaiserau and Viale Druso. Both meet the criteria for the "Climate House A" label, consuming less than 30 kWh/m2 per year. In Viale Druso, a CO2-neutral neighbourhood will be ready by 2014: 550 new flats with good access to public transport. For individual mobility, there will be car-sharing spots as well as convenient pedestrian and bike paths. The Casanova buildings with their 950 residential units were designed as to shade one another as little as possible. A railway station is being built on the Bolzano-Merano rail line. This fits well with the strategic mobility policy of Alto Adige which envisages better access to public transportation.
Leader in Energetic Building Rehabilitation
All city-owned building stock has been awarded "Climate House B" standard, which means a consumption minor to 50 kWh/m2 per year. With 5,200 m2 Bolzano has the largest stock of solar thermal collectors in Italy.
These initiatives help to render the "Alpine City of the Year 2009" CO2-neutral by 2030. City councillor Helmut Moroder has opened the way towards climate neutrality. For him, the Bolzano Climate Plan is among the most important projects in the history of the city:
"Its realisation brings great economic advantages. If we succeed in maximising the potentials in buildings and mobility, we will be able to save up to 160 million Euros, which can be invested in other areas. The plan is an encouraging message to our citizens, too, as it can to be put into practice without too many sacrifices."
Further information (in German and Italian): www.comune.bolzano.it