This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference is held in Bonn in Germany, and you can expect some research papers and workshops to focus on one village in particular.
A little over 120 people live in Feldheim, along with several hundred animals of course.
But it is also a massive producer of renewable energy.
Only one percent of the renewable energy produced here is used by the village itself, the rest is sent to power other towns and villages.
Barbara Ral is the climate protection manager for the region, and she proudly takes guests on tours of the village.
She shows off Feldheim’s heating central where the warm water tank is located; the biogas plant that turns waste from pigs and cows into heating and electricity; and of course its wind turbines and solar panels.
The forefront of the renewable revolution
The first wind turbine in the village was built in 1995 by a local entrepreneur.
There are now 55 wind power plants and 284 solar panels in the village, as well as a biogas plant.
In 2010 Feldheim even built its own electricity grid and stopped “importing” energy entirely.
Electricity prices are lower here than anywhere else in the region, and there is a certain pride in the village that it is at the forefront of Germany’s renewable energy revolution.
Resident of Feldheim Siegfried Kappert told Euronews: “Of course some land is lost where the wind turbines are standing. But like with all good things, there is always a little drawback. But we are proud of what is going on here, what we’ve created here.”
In the first half of 2017 Germany generated about 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
But while this is still lower than some countries, it is very high for such a large industrialised nation.
Since 2009 renewable energy production in Germany has nearly doubled.
Is the country’s energy sector all fine and dandy, however?
Not so fast. There is another side to this story.
Viviane Raddatz, a climate change expert at WWF Germany said: “This will probably surprise a lot of people, but in Germany CO2 emissions have not decreased since 2009. We are doing quite well in our international commitments for climate change. But when it comes to really doing something here at home, then it’s a different kettle of fish. We have been stood still in the same position for years.”
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