The solution for creating a de-carbonisation roadmap for Leipzig was implemented by following three main activities: market sounding and technology assessment, scale-up, and cost assessment, and lastly developing terms of reference for a feasibility study.
To implement innovative carbon-saving technologies in Leipzig, firstly BABLE determined existing and potential stakeholders to highlight necessary and context-specific information such as barriers, risks, and challenges regarding Leipzig’s conditions through a market-sounding workshop. Secondly, a Technology Assessment Matrix was developed to highlight the potential of 24 sustainable energy technologies that provide a calculation basis for a scale-up scenario for the city.
Considering Leipzig’s goal to create CO2-neutral energy systems by 2050, the clear identification of targets is crucial for the successful implementation of the technologies. By developing a set of future scenarios to assess the potential and cost estimations for the pilot and demonstration technologies, a roadmap for scale-up opportunities was developed by BABLE and with the contribution of local stakeholders and decision-makers. The roadmap lays out how investments in research, pilot projects, policy updates, and infrastructure in the short and medium term would be decisive to having mass-market adoption of the technologies in the long term.
Finally, the detailed terms of references for a comprehensive feasibility study were conducted to assess the opportunities for the scale-up of carbon-neutral and smart energy systems in Leipzig. The study provided recommendations for further in-depth analysis in key overarching areas on multiple technologies. In addition, suggestions were made regarding the necessary skills and experience required for the successful preparation of the comprehensive feasibility study.