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About EnAHRgie

Conception of sustainable land use and energy supply at the municipal level. Implementation in the model region Ahrweiler (EnAHRgie)

The project is designed to involve local and regional stakeholders in the elaboration and application of a concept of sustainable land use with focus on energy supply. The approach uses the motivation of local actors and aims at a robust realisation balanced over various relevant levels. Our method will launch a process of cooperation between scientists (experts from the fields of sustainable land management, distributed energy systems, governance and participation) and practitioners from administration, regional politics and regional energy suppliers.

Ahrweiler is chosen as a model region for the project, since the district has already expressed its ambitions to reconvert its own energy supply, but is still at the beginning of the process and a concept of sustainable land use has not yet been elaborated. Several competing land use options exist in the region, such as tourism, health facilities and spa operation, nature protection, and winegrowing and other food cultivation practices.

During the project, an innovation group will elaborate a concept of sustainable land use in the district Ahrweiler that is attuned to superordinated long-range goals by engaging relevant (political) stakeholders as well as the local population. An interdisciplinary advisory group of experienced scientists will assist the innovation group. A general approach transferable to other regions shall be derived as main goal.


The first stage of the project was a 12 months definition phase for development of a knowledge base, the identification, recruitment and involvement of project partners, and the elaboration of methods and goals. In March 2015, the main phase of four years began.


Project Co-ordination

  • EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment GmbH


Innovation Group

  • Landkreis Ahrweiler, Abteilung 1.4 – Strukturentwicklung
  • Stadt Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler und Ahrtalwerke
  • Handwerkskammer Koblenz, Ahrakademie Ahrweiler
  • Vertretung für Verbände und Vereine aus Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Tourismus etc. aus dem Landkreis Ahrweiler
  • Energieversorgung Mittelrhein AG, Bereich Strategie
  • Vertretung für lokale Banken und Sparkassen aus dem Landkreis Ahrweiler
  • Hochschule Trier – Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld, Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement (IfaS)
  • Technische Universität Dortmund, Institut für Energiesysteme, Energieeffizienz und Energiewirtschaft (ie3)
  • Technische Universität Dortmund, Fachgebiet Raumplanungs- und Umweltrecht (RUR)
  • Dialogik, gemeinnützige Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Kooperationsforschung mbH, Stuttgart
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. – Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT, Oberhausen
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Forschungszentrum für Umweltweltpolitik (FFU)
  • Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik GmbH, Bereich Wirtschaft und Finanzen, Berlin (difu)


External Partners:

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Kaiser, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, Universität Bergen, Norwegen
  • Prof. Dr. Harald F. O. von Kortzfleisch, Universität Koblenz-Landau
  • Andreas Döhrer, Energy & Sustainability Business Development Director Germany, Austria, Switzerland, DNV GL – Energy, KEMA Consulting GmbH, Bonn


Associated Partners etc.:

  • Kreissparkasse Ahrweiler
  • RWE Deutschland AG
  • Solarverein „Goldene Meile“
EnAHRgie-Illu | Copyright © Stephanie Brittnacher

Further information

·         Project Co-ordination: Dr. André Schaffrin

·         EA Team “EnAHRgie”: Dr. André Schaffrin, Dr.-Ing. Bert Droste-Franke,
Tanja Nietgen and Dr. Markus Voge 

·         Duration: 3/2015–8/2019

·         Duration of Definition Phase: 5/2013–7/2014

·         Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF),
          Innovation groups, “Sustainable Land Management”

(Project Management Jülich), 033L110AN


·         Innovation groups “Sustainable Land Management”: Media Response