Gemeente Groningen

The municipality of Groningen wants to be energy-neutral by 2035. All energy that is used must then be sustainably generated. This means that we have to get rid of natural gas, among other things. That sounds simple, but in practice it is a huge challenge. Almost all houses are now being heated with natural gas. All these houses have to be heated in a different way in 2035. Houses must be insulated, heating networks must be installed, CVs must be replaced, etc. This has an enormous impact on the built environment and thus also on the spatial planning of the neighborhoods.

In addition, each district is also different. That is why the municipality of Groningen is looking for the best energy system for that neighborhood, together with residents, network operators and other stakeholders. The puzzle is always different. Many questions are the same; what is it going to cost? Who will pay that? What does it mean for the neighborhood and for my house? And what can residents do themselves?

In this workshop the municipality of Groningen explain how they will tackle this search. They will talk about the first results from pilot neighborhoods and how they intend to tackle the rest of the neighborhoods in the city and the villages around the city. They also have questions for you as workshop participants. From your own expertise they will ask you to think about the following questions:

– How can the municipality of Groningen provide the districts with a sustainable energy supply without affecting the quality of the neighborhood?
– How can the energy transition help to strengthen the quality of living in the neighborhoods?
– What spatial impact does the energy transition have? How does the municipality of Groningen reduce the negative aspects and how can they make use of the opportunities this offers?
– Which planning, economic, geographic, cultural, geographical, demographic and real estate aspects should they include in our plans?

Note: this workshop will be in Dutch