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Federal Blue Compass Award
Climate adaptation, biodiversity and solar energy combined -
proKlima funding offer nominated nationwide
 In the end, it wasn't enough for the prize itself, but proKlima made it into the top 20 nominees in Germany with the SolarGreenRoof funding offer. 20 projects were preselected from over 240 projects. On Friday, September 16, 2022, Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke and the President of the Federal Environment Agency, Prof. Dirk Messner, honored the five best projects and presented the nominees with their certificates. The federal award "Blue Compass" is the highest state award in Germany, which is awarded as part of a competition for projects to prevent and adapt to the consequences of climate change.
 As councilor of the state capital Hanover and chairman of the proKlima Board of Trustees, I am very pleased about the honor that was given to the state capital and the enercity fund proKlima for the jointly developed funding offer: "We are very proud that our regional Commitment to climate protection is also recognized at federal level.”
 Together with proKlima solar project manager Matthias Littwin and proKlima managing director Matthias Wohlfahrt, I was able to receive the certificate at a ceremony in Berlin on Friday. Due to the high demand triggered by the gas crisis, the entire proKlima funding budget is currently exhausted with more than 3.7 million euros. However, the proKlima team is working intensively on the new edition and continuation of the funding for the beginning of 2023.

News from the environment in the Hanover area

proKlima funding budget exhausted – funding period stopped due to the high demand of over 3.5 million euros in funding, the proKlima office ended this year's funding period early on Wednesday, August 24th. Despite a short-term budget increase from 3.3 to 3.5 million euros, funding had to be stopped a good two months before the end of the funding period.
Dr Bala S. Ramani, Chairman of the proKlima Board of Trustees, sees the current driven development as a positive effect for climate protection: "We would like to thank all sponsors and climate protectors for sending a strong signal for climate protection from the proKlima support area."
What's next?
The proKlima office and committees will discuss the development of the funding program and budget planning for 2023 in the coming weeks. New funding will be available again from January 1st, 2023. More information here.

News from the environment in the Hanover area

Since July 5th, 2022 I have been a newly appointed member of the Climate Protection Board of the Hanover Region. I am looking forward to this new task and constructive cooperation for the current municipal election period.
"The Board of Trustees has been bringing politics, administration, business and science together since 2012. The Hanover region and the state capital of Hanover bundle their climate protection activities in the "Climate Protection Region Hannover" network. The network was founded in 2003 to anchor climate protection in the region in the long term In 2012, the Hannover Climate Protection Region Board of Trustees was set up to further optimize climate protection-related work structures in the region and to develop common positions on climate protection in the Hannover region." (Source: https://www.klimaschutz-hannover.de/meine-kommune/region-hannover/kuratorium)

News from the environment in the Hanover area

It was an honor to inaugurate the Cinema del Sol's solar-powered cinema screens. Thanks to the Enercity proKlima funding, such climate-friendly, sustainable programs are possible. Many thanks to the youth organization JANUN e.V. for their active commitment. A very innovative technology and the first event was already very well attended. It is also a very personal thing for me, as I have personally witnessed the suffering of people when natural disasters completely destroy people's livelihoods. You have to be very sensitive to climate change and its effects. We should look beyond our neighborhood, our borders, because the impacts of climate change are universal, stretching from Antarctica to Africa. If we closely analyze many of the conflicts in the world today, ultimately it is about resources, be it water, minerals, oil, etc. Let's work together on sustainable, climate-friendly innovation, on a way of life that is social, so that all included and nobody is excluded due to economic feasibility.

Picture:http://cinemadelsol.de

News from the environment in the Hanover area

On the trail of power guzzlers: enercity fund proKlima provides the city library with measuring devices that can be borrowed free of charge.
Saving energy is a big topic these days. There are simple ways and means of tracking down power guzzlers in private households. The enercity fund proKlima also sees it this way and makes eight electricity meters available to the Hanover City Library. Interested parties can now borrow them free of charge for consumption analysis in the household at the library locations in Oststadt, List, Mühlenberg, Kronsberg, Ricklingen, Roderbruch and in the central library at Hildesheimer Straße 12. Here is the link to the page.


News from the environment in the Hanover area

At the beginning of December I was elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees at ProKlima. The Enercity fund ProKlima revised its funding programs at the turn of the year. The innovations concern solar energy and heat supply. Upon request, property owners in the distribution area that covers the cities of Hanover, Hemmingen, Laatzen, Langenhagen, Ronnenberg and Seelze can help themselves. All funding offers have an eye on the climate neutrality aimed for by 2035, so the fund also supports the implementation of the coal phase-out in Hanover. Here is the article from the HAZ.


News from the environment in the Hanover area

A green oasis in the middle of the city center, that should be achieved with the green roof of the first module of the Roofwalk in the heart of Hanover. We agreed to that in the Council today (You can read my words about this here). In addition to the increase in attractiveness, the more green leads to significant added ecological value (Read more about this here). Photo by chora blau Visualisierung.


News from the environment in the Hanover area

As the environmental spokesman for the SPD parliamentary fraction in Hanover, I was allowed to go on a tour and listen to the plans for the Misburger bathing lake recreation area on November 23th, 2021.
In the former HPC II pit of the “Hannover Portland Cement” company, the cement industry has been mining marl lime as a raw material since the end of the 19th century.
For around 25 years there has been a concept for re-use, which is a
Provision of a local recreation area with a lake, beach- and play areas, sunbathing lawns and parking lot near the neighboring nature reserve, which will be accessible all year round and should also serve as a destination during the cold seasons. Photo: Tim Schaarschmidt


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Recently I was allowed to go for a walk with the enchanting Olja Yasenovskaya, who is the press spokeswoman for the state capital Hanover and among other things, showed her my favorite places. During our little walk we talked about my work as a scientist and I told her why I wanted to go back to India almost shortly after my arrival in Hanover. Have a look at the video.