Call for projects launched for the Rhenish Mining Area

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Projects wanted: the Rhenish mining area is to become an international pioneer in climate protection by 2038 and demonstrate how sustainable jobs and new value creation can be created.

On 27 April 2021, the state government gave the go-ahead for sustainable structural support in the Rhenish mining area. During a ceremony attended, among others, by Minister President Armin Laschet and Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, the framework conditions of the coal phase-out in Germany and the tasks ahead in the Rhenish mining area were presented.

The federal government is providing 14.8 billion euros for the Rhenish mining area up to 2038, and the state is additionally flanking this with billions of euros of its own funds. With this financial basis, projects and ideas from the region are to be put into practice. The plan is to make the Rhenish mining area an international pioneer in climate protection and to show how sustainable jobs and new added value can be created.

In the course of the event, the Reviervertrag, with which the state government and key players from the region have agreed on the principles of their cooperation, was signed. At the same time, the REVIER.GESTALTEN project call was launched. With this project, the state government aims to support innovative projects that have the potential to drive forward future-oriented processes, building on existing expertise in the region. Funding is provided for projects in the four future-oriented fields of energy and industry, resources and agribusiness, innovation and education, and space and infrastructure.

In a first step, the state government, in cooperation with the Rhenish Mining District, will select projects that will provide impetus for successful, viable and sustainable structural change. In a second step, the selected projects will be approved on the basis of funding guidelines issued by the state or federal government. In the Rhenish mining area, this framework is concretised by the region's economic and structural programme, which the state government makes the basis for funding. The Rhenish mining area comprises the districts of Düren, Euskirchen, Heinsberg, the Rhine-Erft district, the Rhine Neuss district, the Aachen city region and the city of Mönchengladbach.

Many companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector now have the opportunity to actively shape the structural change in the Rhenish coalfield. In addition to extensive financial support, bureaucratic hurdles for innovative companies are to be minimised. Details can be found in the REVIER.GESTALTEN call for projects or can be arranged in direct contact with the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier.

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