Hamburg’s goal is to achieve a 55% reduction in emissions by 2030, and a minimum reduction of 95% by 2050.

Emissions Reduction

Since: 1990

Economic Growth

Since: 1990

Emissions Reduction Target

55% by 2030
By 2050

Electricity Production From Coal

by 2030

Emissions by Source

Industry 27%
Transport 29%
Private Households 23%
Business, Commerce, Services 21%
As of: 2018

Emissions Level and Reduction

Baseline: 1990

Hamburg has updated its climate goals. Hamburg’s goal is to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030 in comparison to 1990. The city aims to reduce emissions by at least 95 percent in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Hamburg is committed to cutting 7 million tons of C02 emissions by 2030. Taking into account the potential of the nationwide electricity mix and the Hamburg district heating, another 4.1 million tonnes of CO2 have to be reduced by a mix of further measures in Hamburg.

Hamburg’s Climate Plan sets concrete reduction targets across the mobility, industry, commerce and household sectors. Climate mitigation responsibilities are tasked across the entire administration and coordinated by the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture. The city administration itself will act as a role model by becoming climate neutral in 2030. The plan includes a wide range of measures – above all there will be a high investment into the infrastructure.

Furthermore the Hamburg Parliament passed a Climate Protection Act and incorporated the limitation of global warming as a state goal in the Hamburg State Constitution.

Hamburg Climate Plan

Hamburg Climate Protection Act

Green Network

Hamburg is a remarkably green city — and that’s no coincidence. “GrünesNetzHamburg” (Green Network Hamburg) has been nearly 100 years in the making.

Sustainable Urban Development

Large, densely populated areas benefit from heating networks. Not only are they climate-friendly, they save on costs too.

Green Procurement Guidelines

Green Procurement Guidelines make Hamburg a purchasing pioneer.

Expansion of Onshore Power Supply

The air quality is to be improved. In order to achieve the goals of the “Luftreinhalteplan” (Clean Air Plan) for Hamburg, the use of shore-side power supply in the Port of Hamburg is an important factor. Pollutant emissions occur during the berthing times of ships - these are to be sustainably reduced.

Hydrogen Strategy for North Germany

The Hydrogen Strategy for North Germany is the result of close cooperation of a number of Federal States.

NEW 4.0 North German Energy Transition

A unique innovation alliance comprising partners from the economic, scientific and political sectors, entitled "NEW 4.0", has been formed in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. The goal of this major, cross-regional project is to demonstrate how the entire region can be supplied with 100 percent renewable electricity, safely and reliably, as early as 2035.

Green Heat

The east of Hamburg’s HafenCity district is supplied with waste heat from copper production.