America experiences sustainable urban development in Hamburg

A delegation from Boston visited the Elbe metropolis on occasion of the Hamburg America Days

America experiences sustainable urban development in Hamburg

Sustainable urban planning and green building are Hamburg topics also met with great interest in the United States of America. On occasion of the Hamburg America Days, HamburgAmbassador Bodo Liesenfeld thus visited Europe‘s Green Capital 2011 with a delegation from Boston, interested to gain insights into energy efficiency, sustainable building, and renewable energies. Comprising representatives of public and private institutions, the delegation visited Hamburg until 18 June 2011. High on the agenda were visits of Hamburg’s HafenCity and of Hamburg’s International Building Exhibition 2013. A visit of HySolutions acquainted the delegation with the use of fuel cell technology in public transport.

Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Minister of Economics, said: "The visit of the delegation from Boston shows the impact of Hamburg’s role as Green Capital even beyond European borders. Boston is one of the world’s leading locations of science, research, and innovation. So, I am expecting a vital impetus for further co-operations in the future." "Hamburg and Boston are similar in many ways, from the cityscape to the tasks to accomplish", added HamburgAmbassador Bodo Liesenfeld.

This delegation trip on "Energy efficient urban development" should be the prelude to a continuous dialogue on sustainable energy use and urban development, allowing both cities and their industries to benefit from.  Hamburg‘s green visions were presented during a visit of the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg in Wilhelmsburg. On a bus tour with Uli Hellweg, CEO IBA Hamburg GmbH, IBA’s key projects allowed detailed insights into energy-efficient construction. The guided visit of HafenCity served as example to illustrate the fact that an own green label ensures eco-friendly buildings.  Among the awarded buildings are Unilever’s headquarters at Strandkai that were presented by Stephan Zemmrich of Behnisch Architekten. By building the corporate home, the architects significantly contributed to coining the green face of HafenCity. In Boston, Behnisch Architekten are responsible for the construction of Genzyme‘s headquarters. A visit of HafenCity University and a meeting with its dean Dr. Walter Pelka completed the programme in Hamburg‘s HafenCity.

The presentation of Hamburg‘s assets in sustainable building was continued by talks with representatives of companies providing products and services to the green construction industry. Many of them have already joined the rapidly growing cluster "Renewable Energies". A meeting with its members was also part of the agenda. Opportunities for exchange with leading representatives from politics and economy were offered at the official opening ceremony of the "Hamburg America Days" today in the US Consulate Generate, supported by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the American Club of Hamburg, during the Senate‘s reception at city hall, and at a meeting with US Consulate General H.E. Philip D. Murphy.