• Dresden (Petra Knothe)

Within the city-region of Dresden multiple initiatives are actively engaged to foster progress towards different sustainable development objectives.

Transition Initiatives can be found in a wide range of domains in the city-region of Dresden, like the food production and distribution (e.g. consumer cooperatives, urban agriculture), mobility and transport (e.g. car and bike sharing), as well as in the field of environmental education (e.g. Umundu festival for globally reconcilable consumption ). Besides this we can find multiple initiatives working on low-carbon energy production and the built environment. Transition Initiatives are established and managed by citizens (e.g. supply cooperatives, energy farms, urban gardening) , as well as by business actors (e.g. DREWAG Innovation Fund), the scientific sector (e.g. the REGKLAM project for climate change adaptation) and the local administration (e.g. Future Dresden 2025+ concept, Integrated Energy and Climate Protection Concept Dresden 2030).

In addition, the work of Transition Initiatives is embedded in or influenced by activities at national and federal state level (Free State Saxony), such as the energy transition initiated at national level (phase-out of nuclear power, renewable energy act), the Saxon Sustainability Strategy, the Energy Efficiency Campaign Saxony, the biodiversity and Ecosystem Mitigation Principle, the Climate Network Saxony and the Saxon Climate and Energy Action Plan and the Saxony Energy Agency (SAENA).

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Transition Initiatives of the city-region of Dresden

One of the first steps in the ARTS project was to identify the initiatives which directly aim to change current ways of thinking, doing and organizing towards sustainability in the city-region. A great variety of transition initiatives was identified each of them contributing to local change processes. With the focus on sustainability transitions in Dresden, we identified a handful of transition initiatives that actively contribute to accelerating transition processes. Below you can find an overview of transition initiatives active in Dresden. View the list here!

Are you running or knowing other initiatives actively working on changing the city-regions infrastructure or culture towards sustainability and not being listed in the following summary? Help the ARTS Team Dresden to get the full picture by sending an email to arts@ioer.de.