The Mannheim Model

Our future: #climatepositive

Genuine CO2 reductions “Beyond Carbon Zero”

Germany has set course to become climate neutral by 2045. We at MVV will be climate neutral by 2040 already. And we aim to go one step further: We will be the first energy company in Germany to actually become climate positive. Our target for the period from 2040 onwards is: “Beyond Carbon Zero”. This way, we are making a major contribution to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

We are becoming #climatepositive – and achieving genuine CO2 reductions.

The Mannheim Model

Mannheim is pioneering the energy turnaround, and has all it needs to become one of Germany’s first climate-neutral smart cities. We benefit here from Mannheim’s can-do mentality and the natural conditions and resources available in our region.

Working hand in hand with the City of Mannheim, were are doing all it takes to make heat, electricity and transport green and to offer new solutions to support MVV’s customers in decarbonising their own activities.

To this end, we are accessing and using all available environmentally-friendly technologies and green options.

Via Mannheim to the Paris climate targets

The aim is clear: To ensure that future generations can also benefit from a healthy planet, we have to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 °C. As a responsible company, we are expected to take immediate action. MVV has been setting a good example here for many years now.

Climate protection and the energy turnaround have become our guiding principles, and that in all of our activities.

  • Warm water and heating in houses and apartments currently account for more than one third of Germany’s CO2 emissions. The heat turnaround is therefore thedecisive factor in the energy turnaround. In view of this, we at MVV are pressing ahead with new green energies and technologies. We are designing cutting-edge energy infrastructure that can serve as a blueprint for smart cities across the whole of Europe. And we are reinventing district heating by building on the broadest green electricity and heat portfolio available at any German energy company. This starts with residual heat from waste incineration and ranges via regenerative energy sources such as biomass, biomethane and river heat through to new possibilities in the areas of geothermal energy, biogenic sewage sludge incineration and waste industrial heat.

  • To obtain a supply of electricity that is absolutely free of CO2, we need more renewable energies. That is why we are consistently working to expand these. With our wholly-owned subsidiaries Juwi and Windwärts, we are promoting wind and solar power worldwide. We are deliberately foregoing transitional solutions such as building new natural gas plants. Not only that: By 2026 at the latest, we at MVV will at least double our proprietary green electricity generation compared with 2016 and newly connect 10,000 megawatts of electricity from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, biomass and biomethane, to the grid. That roughly corresponds to the installed capacity of ten large power plants. Our clear aim is to generate all our electricity in future from renewable energies.

  • When it comes to decarbonisation, MVV is an important partner to all our customers, from private and commercial customers through to business and industry. We are absolutely committed to energy efficiency and climate neutrality in both our B2C and our B2B businesses, we supply data centres with green energy and we offer comprehensive solution-based concepts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at companies of all sizes. Private customers can obtain from us combined products and services to enable them to implement their very own energy turnaround at homes. We are also involved in the “Mannheim as a Location for Industry” initiative. Among other services, we are providing charging infrastructure for the further rapid expansion in e-mobility, and that both locally and in the region, for company car pools and for private consumers, often in combination with PV systems. Step by step, we are making all the products and solutions we provide to our customers green.

At a glance: our to-do list

  • Net CO2 savings of one million tonnes from 2016 to 2026
  • Development of additional 10,000 megawatts of renewable energies capacity by 2026
  • Doubling our renewables generation portfolio by 2026
  • Construction of a sewage sludge incineration plant in Mannheim by 2024
  • Installation of a river heat pump at the GKM location
  • Construction of freestanding and rooftop PV systems in Mannheim together with sMArtCity GmbH by 2026
  • Specification of green heat generators, such as biomethane CHP plants, biomass plant, waste industrial heat, further river heat pumps
  • Construction of a CCS pilot plant at Mannheim location
  • 30% reduction in CO2 over past five years
  • CO2-neutral administration activities from 2026
  • MALis: 200 e-charging points for Mannheim by 2022
  • Construction of two storage facilities based on district heating technology
  • Research geothermal heat potential in Upper Rhine Rift
  • Integration of biomass power plant in Mannheim into district heating system
  • Use of waste heat potential from MVV’s energy park on Friesenheimer Insel
  • 80% reduction in emissions by 2030
  • 100% green district heating from 2030

Climate positive – how does that work?

In the long term, MVV will not only be climate neutral, it will actually become climate positive. The key to this is waste incineration.

CO2 is released both when non-recyclable waste decomposes naturally and when it is incinerated. At our waste incineration plants, we can capture the greenhouse gas from the smoke after incineration and then store this gas securely.

At the waste incineration plants, non-recyclable waste is first significantly reduced in volume. During this process, any contaminants and hazardous substances are fully neutralised. Residual emissions of particulate matter, nitric oxides and sulphur dioxides are filtered out using state-of-the-art flue gas cleaning systems. Not only that, at the end of the process unrecycled resources, such as metals and resources for the construction industry, are sorted out and made usable again, i.e. reintroduced to the economic cycle.

We then obtain valuable energy from the waste. We use the energy contained in the non-recyclable waste in the form of heat, electricity and process steam for industry and households.

And if we can filter the carbon compounds contained in the non-recyclable waste out of the flue gas in such a way that these emissions do not reach the atmosphere but are rather stored securely or themselves reused as input materials, then this process is even CO2 negative. We remove CO2 from the atmosphere and thus become climate positive.

It is about all of us: solutions for our customers

By offering new green products and solutions, we help our customers to master their own electricity, transport and heat turnarounds and reach their own sustainability targets.