E-MOBility of the future






Leipzig, 25.06.2019 – Topics like the protection of the environment and alternative means of transportation have taken a prime spot in the daily news. Diesel cars are constantly under pressure and electric cars are assuming a much more prominent role in the public eye. E-cars are no longer distant dreams of the future, but constitute a sustained trend within the car industry. E-mobility does not only find its application in privately owned vehicles, but bears potential for taxis, bicycles and scooters as well. The e-mobility industry and the connected mobility concepts still have a lot of potential to develop and establish within society.

In this context we are pleased to announce the approval of the new EU project E-MOB, which deals at its center with the topic of e-mobility. This project is funded by the Interreg Europe program and will enable the Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH to utilize its expertise as project leader and administrator to guide the project to a fruitful conclusion

Nine partners from 8 different European countries (Germany, Hungary, France, Croatia, Greece, Austria, Romania and Spain) will focus their capabilities and knowledge to bring more attention to the topic of e-mobility in the respective regions and enable political decision makers with a concrete action plan to put e-mobility into practice. Through local and international cooperation as well as an intense mutual exchange the project strives for a more sustainable society with a new, e-focused mobility concept.

The E-MOB project will commence in August 2019 and is expected to reach its goal of creating an action plan in 2021.

For more Information about Interreg Europe click here.

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Rural areas in Europa and their creative industry






Meeting location

Castello di Godego, 15.04-16.04.2019 – Increasingly more older buildings are empty in rural areas. It is challenging to find new tenants or buyers for these buildings. Meanwhile, younger generations are moving away from rural areas to bigger cities, leaving the local creative scene and industry struggling. One of the possibilities to overcome this problem is to revitalise these empty buildings in order to make them available for the local creative scene. This forms the topic of the European project REFREsh.

From April 15 till 16, 2019, nine project partners from Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Croatia came together in Castello di Godego (Italy). The current project topics were on the agenda of this international meeting. After 1,5 years of working on this project, every partner has identified a project site and is preparing a revitalisation concept. The next step consists of renovating these buildings in order to implement the revitalisation concepts.

All partners presented their regional pre-investment concepts and further ideas during the meeting. They had the possibility to get tips and recommendations from the other partners. Furthermore, the Italian project site, an old warehouse, was visited. The Italian partners showed that the construction works are almost finished and that they are approaching the next step in the project: the implementation of their revitalisation concept.

Villa Motterle Zileri

A second visit was paid to the property “Villa Motterle Zileri”, which consists of several villas. These have been renovated by the property owner and rented to a wide variety of companies and private families, who are looking for an exclusive living space. This visit showed the possibilities of a project, such as REFREsh, and motivated all partners to aim for an extraordinary project result!





More Information about the project can be found here or on the project website.
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Sustainable travelling – business trips and commutes






Budapest, 13.05.-14.05.2019 – Preparing new mobility plans is a very present topic in modern society. Questions such as “How to raise awareness for sustainable mobility?” or “How to achieve a CO2-reduction in cities, especially in metropolis?” are occupying the society. These kinds of questions were the starting point of the European project MOVECIT. “How to increase awareness among the employees of city administrations for sustainable means of transportation on business trips and commutes?” was the main question of the project.

After three years of hard work, the 10 partners from Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia met from May 13 until 14, 2019 in Budapest for their last partner meeting and final conference. On the first day, an exchange of experience and last discussions between the partners were held. On the second day, May 14, the final conference was organised in the rooms of the University Budapest.

International representatives from mobility companies, universities and cities were invited to the final conference. After an introduction about the MOVECIT project, the topics sustainable mobility and mobility planning were introduced. During the panel discussion with mobility experts, the topic sustainable mobility and its perspectives for the future were discussed in depth. The conference ended with the presentation of success stories of the project MOVECIT, e.g. development of a training manual for mobility and a handbook (Leipzig) or the introduction of walking initiatives of three Austrian municipalities.

The MOVECIT project was successfully closed in Budapest and the partners can proudly look back at the positive outcomes of the project. Every partner tried its best to reduce the CO2 emissions during commutes and to sensitize employees of city administrations for a more sustainable behaviour on business trips and commutes. During the project, the first electro bikes for business trips and commutes have been purchased for the city of Leipzig.

More Information about the project can be found on the project website.
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Renewable Energy: RURES Partner Meeting in Lenti, Hungary






Lenti, 06.05. - 07.05.2019 – The fourth international RURES partner meeting was organized by the Zala County Government. Venue of the meeting was the Thermal Hotel Balance in Lenti in the south west of Hungary, which attracts tourists and spa-goers from all over Europe. The agenda for the attending partners and experts included a thorough discussion of the current project progress, as well as a peer review and study visit.

After a very warm welcome from the vice president of the General Assembly of Zala County and the mayor of Lenti, the meeting transitioned directly to the specific project topics. The focus of the meeting was on the development of a value calculator for renewable energy systems. With this goal in mind, every partner was asked to present their pilot investment and a typical renewable energy system for their region to build a solid knowledge base for the value calculator. After the individual partner presentations, the Technical University of Ostrava presented the projected structure and contents of the calculator. Following this, all participants visited the town of Nagypáli, which is in many ways a great example for the utilization of renewable energy systems. The day ended with the joint visit of a traditional Hungarian restaurant.

The second day started off with the administrative part of the presentations, in which the Aufbauwerk Leipzig gave updates on the work packages Administration and Management. These two presentations were completed by a presentation about the work package communication by the RURES communications officer. After the theoretical part of the day was over, the Mayor of Lenti presented the Hungarian pilot action in the form of an “energy yard” in the district of Lentiszombathely, where interested parties can see demonstrations of solar panels, a wind power plant and a vegetable oil generator.

More Information about the project can be found here or on the project website.
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Cultural heritage as accelerator for sustainable growth






Venice, 29.04.-30.04.2019 – Cultural heritage is an important topic in European countries. So far, it is mostly companies who offer sponsorship, publicity and services to cultural heritage facilities. But why not going the other way around and making cultural heritage the accelerator for growth in creative industries and related companies?

The start for the Central Europe project SACHE (Smart Accelerators of Cultural Entrepreneurship) was set with a first partner meeting in Italy. SACHE aims at developing strategies that would accelerate creative entrepreneurship within and around cultural heritage. Representatives of the twelve participating partners of the SACHE project from Italy, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland met for the first time in Italy to kick-off the project. The meeting took place in an old monastery in the centre of Venice.

Getting to know each other and finding common grounds for future cooperation were the focus of the first partner meeting in Venice. During the two meeting days, each partner’s role within the project was defined and the route for the project implementation for the three years of the project duration was set.

It was a fruitful meeting and all partners are looking forward to getting started and to implementing first activities. Aufbauwerk will focus on the Leipzig region and its rich cultural heritage during the project. A next project meeting to discuss first results will take place in fall in Pècs, Hungary.


More Information about the project can be found here.
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Travelling across Europe by bike







Torún, 09.04-10.04.2019 – The spring has started. People start to go out more often for strolling in cities or nature areas. It’s a fact that cycling is still a popular mean of transport to explore new cities and its rural areas – day trips or even cycling holidays. Because of the rise of popularity for cycling tourism, the influence of this kind of tourism on nature – especially on nature reserves – has been questioned.

This topic – cycling tourism – forms the focus of the European project ECO-CICLE. Project partner coming from Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium and Germany have met from the 9th until the 10th of April 2019 in Torun (Poland). The topic “cycling tourism” and its offering potential for European regions have been the main focus of this 2-day international meeting. On the second day of the meeting, representatives for polish cycling tourism departments have joint the ECO-CICLE partner meeting. Because of their participation to the meeting the ECO-CICLE project, these representatives have been informed about the main goals of this European project. On the other side, the project partners have been introduced to existing good practices concerning bicycle tourism in the polish region.

In several regions across Poland a lot has happened in order to renovate and to expand the network of European bicycling routes. The project “Green Velo” forms a good example of the undertaken improvements. Green Velo is a bicycling route-network of 2.000 km across the east part of Poland. Using the mobile application and/or the website of Green Velo users have the opportunity to plan their cycling trips or holidays in the eastern polish region. Due to the planning of the trip over this application users may add tourist attractions, accommodations and restaurants along the trip.

At the end of this 2-day-meeting, the project partners could test the cycling route in the rural area of Torún. – Concluding, in order to promote cycling tourism in rural areas a lot has been undertaken. Projects as the ECO-CICLE project stimulate the further development of this kind of tourism. In scope of this project, concrete actions will be planned for the area around the lakes of Leipzig.

For more information about the further developments of the project, please take a look at the project Website.


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Cities and mobility: international partner meeting in Leipzig







Leipzig, 14.03-15.03.2019 – While well-known mobility concepts are, in the year 2019, being scrutinized, the focus is moving on ideas for new mobility concepts, pedestrianised inner cities and the use of alternative means of transport. The rate of CO2-emissions in cities is too high for the health of its citizens. Last week, not only the young generation has demonstrated for a better climate, but also the partners of the project DEMO-EC have discussed the topic “Mobility concepts”.

From the 14th until the 15th of March 2019 European partners – from Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and Czech Republic – came together in the City of Leipzig to discuss and to exchange experiences about the topic mobility management. “How could the CO2-emmison in cities be reduced?” forms the main question in the Interreg Europe project DEMO-EC.

Good practices about “public transport” and “car reduction” have been presented by the several partners. As a result of these presentations, there has been a vivid discussion with disparate – but very interesting – views on those topics. This led to the conclusion that the usage and promotion of alternative means of transport is widely discussed in each region. For example, while the concept “e-bike-sharing” has been developed into an advanced stage in Zaragoza (Spain), it is still in an early stage in the region Genova (Italy). Meanwhile, the implementation of e-bike-sharing systems is still in distant future for the Slovenian and Polish partner regions.

The partners are currently starting to develop seven regional action plans, one for each partner. Those action plans will include several recommendations for a new mobility management and should be completed until December 2019.

For more information about the further developments of the project, please take a look at the project Website.


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Meeting partners across Europe: The Aufbauwerk-Team on the road









Leipzig, 07.03.2019 – After the start of this new year 2019 and the new year resolutions, we are coming in that time of the year, in which several international partner meetings across Europe will be organized. Once again, the Aufbauwerk-Team will travel across Europe in order to meet their European partners, to network and to make the Region Leipzig more known by the European project partners and cities.

In scope of each project, that is being subsidised by the European Commission, an international partner meeting has to occur once a semester. During those two-day-meetings the European partners receive the opportunity to exchange and share information about their ongoing projects.

Next week the starting signal will be given with the international partner meeting in scope of the DEMO-EC project, which will take place from the 14th until the 15th of March 2019. The international partners of the DEMO-EC project will come together in the City of Leipzig in order to discuss the European project about mobility. Main topic of the meeting will be the exchange and discussion about good practices with regard to public transport and car reduction, expert talks on eco-friendly mobility and further planned developments of the project.

The other international partner meeting will be held in April and May in several cities across Europe. The Aufbauwerk-Team is going on the road…

An overview of those meetings can be found here.


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Renewable energy – International partner meeting in Leipzig: COSMENERG-4i







Leipzig, 20.02.2019 – Renewable energy is more and more talked about. Especially in the City of Leipzig – the energy metropole – the topic of renewable energy is present. Since 2018, the COSMENERG-4i network is intensively occupied with this energy topic. It is the global cluster for renewable energy and environmental technologies. In this scope the international partner meeting was held from the 20th until the 21st of February 2019 in Leipzig – organised by the NEU e.V. (Network Energy and Environment).

Partner coming from Hungary, Romania, Poland and Serbia travelled to Leipzig to discuss the topic of “renewable energy”. The City of Leipzig, NEU e.V. and the Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig participated as the German partners of the meeting. Ongoing initiatives for renewable energy in the region Leipzig have been introduced to the participants, such as the success story of NEXTMOVE (Renting e-cars) and Clevershuttle (Taxi- and carsharing company who uses e-cars). The Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig introduced itself to the partners and could inform about their role on the European and regional level.

With the study visit to the SpinLab Leipzig – HHL Accelerator – the partner received more information about the several start-up initiatives in Leipzig. The City of Leipzig, EEX and other local companies are partner of the SpinLab. In order to give the participating partner a more concrete idea about the start-ups, the Vesputi and SQLNet Company gave a short pitch about their innovative ideas and business plan, which was received very positive by the partners.

During this two-day partner meeting a big range of energy topics have been discussed, for example ongoing initiatives and projects in Leipzig. The partner meeting offered the participating partner the chance to become familiar with the region Leipzig and other partner. The next partner meeting will be held in Bucharest.

More information about the project and the German partners of Leipzig:


NEU e.V.

The global COSMENERG-4i network is co-funded by the European Commission.


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New project at ABW – SACHE









Leipzig, 12.02.2019 – We are pleased to participate as a partner in another Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE project: SACHE - Smart Accelerators of Cultural Heritage Entrepreneurship.

SACHE combines cultural promotion with the development of creative entrepreneurship by bringing together cultural factories, creative professionals, innovative technologies and small and medium-sized enterprises. Independent actors and networks are linked at both economic and cultural levels and form the structures that support the project.

As a driving force, SACHE wants to contribute to the strengthening of the company and product-oriented creative industries, activate value chains and promote innovation. The idea of the Smart Accelerators of Creative Heritage Entrepreneurship emerges from the dynamic relationship structures between the different actors.

The transnational project with Partners from Italy, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Poland will run from 01.04.2019 to 31.12.2021..


More about Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE promotes regional developments in the fields of innovation, carbon dioxide reduction, protection of natural and cultural resources, transport and mobility. The SACHE project is located in the "Nature and Culture" priority area, which focuses on the protection of natural and cultural heritage and the sustainable use of resources. For more informations click here.


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A city without CO2 emission: How could the inner ring road of Leipzig look like?






Leipzig, 14.01.2019 – Topics as ‘green city’ and ‘Reduction of CO2 in big cities’ are more and more spoken about. How could the Leipzig inner ring road look like, if f.e. there is a reduce of 50% car traffic? On Monday evening the second workshop about ‘Concept of urban space: The City Center of Leipzig is growing over the inner ring road’ was held in Leipzig. This workshop was organised by the City of Leipzig in context of the European DEMO-EC Project.

Architecture students from the Bauhaus-University Weimar presented their innovative designs of new possibilities of the inner ring road to local actors of the City of Leipzig. The concepts of the students were characterised by a high degree of innovation, appreciation and retention of the history of Leipzig.

Some designs were better accepted by the audience than others. After the presentation the students received the opportunity, through group discussions with local actors, to defend their visions or to get more insights into it.

Are you getting curious to the results of the students or do you wonder how the inner ring road of Leipzig could look like if there is 50% less car traffic? Take a look at www.leipzig.de/stadtraumkonzept for more information about the project and for further announcements.


More about the project DEMO-EC

The main objective of the European project DEMO-EC (duration 01/2017 – 12/2021) is the introduction of mobility management in urban development and planning: analysis, exchange and dissemination of good practice which enhance the effectivity of strategies in the field of CO2-free transport.


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