"Use the knowledge from Wageningen for a concrete climate plan"
Wageningen is a fontrunner in the field of sustainability with its knowledge and experience. By setting up a team of professionals and enthusiastic citizens and students, we can use the knowledge generated by Wageningen city and Wageningen University & Research to create smart, sustainable and financially viable plans. These can form the foundations for a sustainable transition in Wageningen. Subsequently, other municipalities will follow Wageningens' example and come to us for knowledge and advice on how they they too can move towards climate-neutrality. In this way, expenses can be returned which can result in extra income.
Connect Wageningen believes that everyone should take their responsibility in climate change, including ourselves and the municipality. For example, we have chosen to bank ourselves at Triodos Bank, one of the most sustainable banks in the world. The themes that the municipality holds are: energy use of municipal buildings, existing buildings, new buildings, climate adaptation, companies, mobility, sustainable energy and indirect emissions. Especially on indirect emissions, there is room for improvement. Wageningen is not an industrial intensive city, which makes it easy to portray ourselves as a sustainable city when we import to a large extend. Therefore, we find indirect emission important.
About € 7 million of the € 93 million goes to housing in Wageningen. That is 7.5% of the total. In addition, sustainability measures are also included in many other programs. Our plans will greatly increase these investments in the first few years, but returns will be generated by a steering group. The financial means come from the capital without destination. See chapter 'finances'.