Hamburg promotes sustainable urban development in Boston

Hamburg delegation showcases sustainable urban development projects IBA and IGS in Boston

Hamburg promotes sustainable urban development in Boston

A delegation of high ranking representatives of the Hamburg business-, municipal- and academic community travelled to Boston in order to promote visionary urban development projects in the US. In 2011 a Boston delegation had paid a visit to Europe’s Green Capital Hamburg; now it was time for a return visit. The delegation was headed by Ms. Jutta Blankau, Hamburg’s Minister for Urban Development and the Environment. On their New England trip, the Hamburg delegation had the chance to conduct background talks on the following topics: sustainable urban development, climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energies. Flagship projects such as the Hamburg International Building Exhibition (IBA) and the Hamburg International Garden Show were met with great interest. Among the members of the Hamburg group were Dr. Walter Pelka, President of HafenCity University (HCU) and Mr. Uli Hellweg, CEO of IBA Hamburg. For HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation, our CEO, Ms. Jutta Ludwig, travelled to Boston.

The IBA-presentation at the "Building Energy" trade fair was one of the highlights of the marketing trip. There, Uli Hellweg held a keynote on how Hamburg will generate 100 per cent of heat and electricity from local renewable resources. In this context, the high level of dedication to this goal on behalf of the Hamburg population was also discussed. The Boston trip was planned and realized in large part by the honorary "HamburgAmbassador" Bodo Liesenfeld, with invaluable support of the German Consulate General in Boston and particularly Consul General Friedrich Löhr. Senator Blankau is very pleased: "In our many fruitful conversations with Boston’s economic, political and academic leaders, we managed to generate a sustained interest in in the City of Hamburg and to further cooperation in the areas of sustainable development and eco-friendly technologies. I want to thank Mr. Liesenfeld and the HamburgAmbassador program of HWF for the excellent planning and realization of this trip."

Part of the ambitious agenda were a number of meetings and workshops with top-level representatives of the Greater Boston municipality. With regard to renewable energies, especially wind power, Boston is eager to tap into a future growth market and looking to benefit from Hamburg’s high competence in the field. The visit as a whole was held very much in the spirit of mutual learning and cooperation. As part of the World Class Cities Partnership (WCCP) a cooperation agreement was signed by Hamburg’s HafenCity University and Boston’s Northeastern University. Dr. Walter Pelka, President of HCU is delighted: "By signing this cooperation agreement, we managed to elevate the academic dialogue on sustainable urban development between our institutions, as well as the cities of Boston and Hamburg."

Ms. Jutta Ludwig, CEO of HWF, also comes to a positive conclusion of the visit: "The great success of this trip yet again proves how very valuable the honorary service of our HamburgAmbassadors is for this city. I am particularly pleased with the fact that many of the business representatives that were part of our delegation are set to return to Boston in the next weeks for follow-up discussions of future business opportunities." Thus, the fruitful dialogue between Hamburg and Boston will be continued, not least as part of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge that is dedicated to enhance transatlantic cooperation in the field of ecological sustainability.

Building Energy 2012

Building Energy is a well-established and inter-disciplinary conference on renewable energies and sustainable building technology in New England. It is organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and brings together architects, engineers, builders, policy-makers, developers and building managers for three days of keynotes and networking events.

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

In 2008, as part of an initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Transatlantic Climate Bridge was founded in an effort to strengthen transatlantic cooperation on the issue of climate change. Goals of the program are influencing relevant political decision making in a transatlantic context, supporting domestic actors with influence on the political process, as well as furthering transatlantic cooperation in international climate protection negotiations.

World Class Cities Partnership (WCCP)

WCCP’s mission is to bring together civic, business and academic leaders from cities spanning the globe for the purpose of creating sustainable social change through policy research, and development and implementation of best practice solutions to common challenges. Other members of WCCP include: Barcelona, Haifa, Hangzhou and Vancouver.