Citizens‘ initiative Climate Referendum in Göttingen

With my signature on this citizens’ petition pursuant to §32 NKomVG, I request the holding of a citizens’ referendum pursuant to §33 NKomVG on the following question:

„The city of Göttingen should strive to achieve the climate neutrality target set in the “Climate Plan Göttingen 2030” not for the year 2050, as planned, but already for 2030 and adapt and accelerate the measures already developed for this purpose.“


Climate Plan Göttingen 2030 

In the “Masterplan 100% Klimaschutz”, presented in 2014, the city of Göttingen sets 2050 as the target year for extensive climate neutrality. This plan of measures is currently being updated. The so-called “Klimaplan Göttingen 2030” will contain concrete measures for the next 10 years, but we have to assume that the target year for climate neutrality will still be 2050. However, we consider 2050 to be far too late to limit global warming to well below 2 °C, if possible to 1.5 °C, as agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

Our demands

In order to fulfil our responsibility to leave the climate in an intact state for future generations, we demand that the “Klimaplan Göttingen 2030” be adapted and rewritten in such a way that with its implementation the city of Göttingen can achieve true climate neutrality by 2030. This plan must clearly estimate the annual costs and personnel requirements for the planning and implementation of the measures necessary for this in the sectors of private households, commercial trade services, industry, transport, agriculture and CO2 removal in a comprehensible way. For each year from 2018 onwards, the final energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions in these sectors are to be documented or projected, so that by 2030, with the inclusion of regional greenhouse gas sinks in a source-sink balance, greenhouse gas emissions in Göttingen are reduced to net zero. In order to regularly monitor the success of the measures, the adapted climate plan should also include an effective monitoring concept. The proposals for climate protection projects already developed in 2020 with the participation of citizens in the “Klimaplan Göttingen 2030” should be explicitly included.


From our point of view, a climate-neutral Göttingen with renewable energies, sustainable building stock, fossil-free mobility and extensive green corridors increases the quality of life and health of all Göttingen residents. The goal of climate neutrality by 2030 can only be achieved through courageous action by politics, business and all of us together. If we act now, we can only win!

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