“Health, good air and water quality, healthy food, free spaces for movement and leisure – all these closely linked topics need environmental protection firmly rooted in the municipal administration.”
Dr. Peter Pluschke, Deputy Mayor in Charge of Environmental Issues
20 Years of Environmental Policies in Nuremberg
In 1988, four years after a decision supported by the SPD and Green Party groups, the City of Nuremberg Environmental Department was established. In the first few years, a municipal policy on waste was the department’s most important task: topics such as waste separation, recycling, dioxin in waste incineration, a major organic waste test project, and the regulation on waste management were on the agenda then.
In the mid-1990s, a further major task was added, the construction of the new waste incineration plant. In 1997, the local “Agenda 21” was started. In the past few years, the focus has been on new nature protection projects, noise reduction measures, climate protection, promotion of an intelligent modal traffic mix, “Organic Metropolis Nuremberg”, and the support of renewable energy.