Model regions and regional pilot projects

The model region of Cologne supports, unites and coordinates energy innovations

Model region SmartCity Cologne, Cologne
SmartCity Cologne is a combined incentive of RheinEnergie AG and the city of Cologne. Climate change, sustainability and technical innovation are the three facets of the initiative to actively shape the future of the city. They support, unite and coordinate demonstrative and innovative projects while calling for efficiency and rational energy consumption. This is done in the areas of housing, employment, mobility, health, safety, supply, waste and ICT. It is open to everyone.

The initiative for SmartCity Cologne is the result of a shared commitment between the City of Cologne and RheinEnergie AG, the regional energy provider in the Rhineland. It contains five main points:

SmartCity Cologne is an initiative for the people
It supports, unites and coordinates demonstrative and innovative projects while calling for climate change, sustainability and rational energy consumption. This is done in the areas of housing, employment, mobility, health, safety, supply, waste and ICT.

SmartCity Cologne searches for innovation and breaks new ground
Together, the parties want to try and see how new techniques and new forms of cooperation, communication and participation develop. In doing so, they support innovations while being particularly focused on climate protection.

SmartCity Cologne benefits all stakeholders in the city
Conscious energy consumption, cost savings and support for climate targets; from new networking techniques to new business models, the initiative creates benefits for everyone in the city. This contributes to the lifestyle of an innovative region that looks ahead with active involvement.

SmartCity Cologne lives through networking and exchanges
Networking, interaction and varying opinions are the key to gaining new ideas and approaches. People, trades, businesses, clubs, science and education are therefore all invited to contribute ideas and knowledge.

SmartCity Cologne has two driving forces
SCC is an initiative of the City of Cologne and RhineEnergie. Both partners were jointly involved and called for the development of this broad platform. Many other companies are involved through their know-how, technology, commitment or financial resources.

One of the first concrete projects is the “Klimastraße” (“Climate Street”) in the Nippes district of Cologne; the concept of SmartCity Cologne and what it represents is to be visibly packaged on Neusser Straße. In addition, the city is networking throughout the EU to work on the “Celsius” project – it aims to recover thermal energy from waste water and make it usable. Other projects include energy-saving renovations of municipal buildings as well as “Ship-to-grid”, the electric power supply for ships in the port of Cologne which allows them to shut down their auxiliary diesel engines while sitting idle.<xml> Normal 0 21 false false false DE X-NONE X-NONE </xml>

contact details/company:
RheinEnergie AG
Parkgürtel 24
50823 Cologne

contact person:
Axel Lauterborn
Project Management SmartCity Cologne