The City of Leipzig, with a population of approximately 518,000, is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony and in the new states of Germany. The city is situated at the confluence of the rivers Weisse Eslter, Pleisse and Parthe in the Leipzig Bay (German: Leipziger Tieflandsbucht).
Since the Reunification of Germany, Leipzig has undergone a significant change with the restoration of historical buildings and the development of a modern transport infrastructure. Leipzig is a dynamic, forward-looking city that seizes opportunities and actively seeks out new challenges - partly in order to sharpen its profile in competition with other places. Ever since German reunification more than 20 years ago, Leipzig has risen to the challenges and opportunities arising within the process of transformation.
The city's activities have always been subordinated to the awareness that all measures geared towards it's future development need to be integrated into a far-reaching strategy, enabling today's decisions to be measured against the long-term results.
The German government has elaborated a comprehensive integrated energy and climate programme. This will bring Germany very close to reaching its goal of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to 1990.
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The German government is publishing an integrated energy and climate programme that will set global standards and set out an appropriate response for a modern economy. Therefore the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety offered an award in 2009 to find ideas and concepts concerning “Energy efficient public lighting”.
The City of Leipzig participated in this competition with a concept for the public lighting of the inner ring road in the city center using LED technology. With this concept (Leipzig Intelligent Lighting – City Centre) it is estimated to lower the energy costs with the amount of € 38.000 per year and to reduce the emissions of climate-damaging gases (CO2) with 162 tons per year. The City of Leipzig won with this concept the 3rd prize and is getting a financial support of 40% of the realisation costs of this project by the Federal Ministry.