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Madrid is building a gigantic zero-emission district
The Spanish capital Madrid is going to build the largest zero-emission district in Europe. This has been announced by José Luis Martínez-Almeida, mayor of Madrid
The development of the new district falls within the Horizon Europe innovation program of the European Union. The development of the project has been assigned to the company Crea Madrid Nuevo Norte, a collaboration between Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (75 percent), Merlin Properties (15 percent) and Grupo San José (10 percent).

Inspiring European cities
Madrid has been included in the Climate Action Demonstration Area project, which involves setting up projects for intelligent and climate-neutral urban districts in one hundred European metropolises. These Climate Action Demonstration Areas must demonstrate how cities can change to climate neutrality. The sustainable neighborhoods should inspire other European cities.

Construction of Nuevo Norte should start in two years. Sometime in 2040, the entire neighborhood should be finished. It concerns an area of ​​about 2.6 million square meters. The emissions from the buildings and lighting must be completely climate neutral.

But how do you do that? Building climate-neutral is still quite a task. The construction sector is currently responsible for about 40 percent of global CO2 emissions. Yet it is possible, according to Norbert Schotte of the Gideons gang.
This is what the climate-neutral neighborhood looks like
The Spanish quarter is built with sustainable raw materials, such as wood or recycled concrete. Every home uses renewable energy, which is generated, for example, with solar panels in the neighborhood itself. The area is accessible by public transport, which also runs on renewable energy. Only low-emission cars are allowed in the district. It is not yet known what those emissions may be exactly. Charging infrastructure for electric cars should of course not be missing.

The project is expected to cost 17 billion euros. But it also yields something: Nuevo Norte should have a positive impact of 52 billion euros on the economy in Madrid over a period of thirty years. In addition, the district will create around 350,000 new jobs.
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  • Kevin

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    A brilliant project

    • Annett Michuki..

      58 w

      this is a great initiative

      • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

        58 w

        What an amazing project by Madrid. This should be a wakeup call to the rest of countries across the world.

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