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Adapting commercial and industrial areas to climate change – A guideline for municipalities

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Anthropogenic climate change is undeniable and can only be limited, not stopped, even with intensive climate mitigation efforts. This poses major challenges for municipalities in adapting to local impacts. This especially applies to the development of industrial and commercial areas, which are particularly sensitive due to their specific design and infrastructures and have a high potential for damage. 

Many municipalities lack reliable information bases on local climate impacts and affected areas. At the same time, climate change adaptation requires intensive interdisciplinary cooperation and competes with diverse and sometimes conflicting requirements and interests of municipalities, businesses, and employees. As a result, there are hardly any practice-oriented procedures and instruments for adequately integrating information on local climate change impacts into decision-making processes in the development of climate change-adapted industrial and commercial areas.

The project "Climate Change-Adapted Industrial and Commercial Areas" (KlimaWaGe) tackled these challenges. It tested procedures and measures for the development of industrial and commercial areas adapted to climate change with the help of innovative methodological approaches and in intensive cooperation with the city of Bottrop. The result of the cooperation is a guideline (in German) that offers practical and transferable advice and recommendations for municipalities and urban planners, closely linked to formal and informal instruments, methods, and procedures.

The guideline bundles information bases, key findings, potential procedures, and practical tips from the project KlimaWaGe, which help German municipalities and planners to develop or redevelop climate change-adapted industrial and commercial areas. The guideline’s focus is on methodological recommendations for identifying potential local climate change impacts in industrial and commercial areas on the one hand and transferable measures for their development on the other.

Cover page of the guideline © lauter kommunikation
Cover page of the guideline


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The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Campus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into August-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Campus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Campus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Campus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Campus is served by the Campus Süd stop. 
A connection to Campus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Campus North and Campus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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