SMARTSET city in the focus: City of Berlin

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.3 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city and is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union. Located in northeastern Germany on the River Spree, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, which has about 4.5 million residents from over 180 nations. Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes.

Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment is part of the government of the Federal State and the City of Berlin, responsible for an integrated urban planning, building, housing, nature and transport policy. The division for transport has the task of developing an integrated strategy towards a low or even carbon free mobility in Berlin as a main target of the new Berlin Urban Transportation Development Plan. In this function several, partly conflicting needs e.g. in the use of public space have to be balanced, introduction strategies for new technologies have to be implemented. In 1992 Berlin as the first German city started activities to introduce CNG-vehicle and is engaged in this topic up to now. Since August 2009 the division for transport supports the local model region on electro mobility and the just recently granted “showcase E-Mobility” funded by the German Government.

Within SMARTSET, Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment supports and structures the local SMARTSET activities, works as policy expert with the boroughs, the local government, local industries and so on.

Dr Julius MENGE | Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment