Reducing land use: UBA launches pilot project

Newly-built quarter away from any infrastructureClick to enlarge
Newly-built quarter away from any infrastructure: bad for inner cities and the landscape
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An area the size of 113 football pitches is designated for new settlements and transport areas every day in Germany. A solution to this problem might be the introduction of a system of supraregional trade in land area certificates whereby every city and municipality has a limited amount of land area outside of existing settlements on which new building is allowed.

Each local authority receives a certain number of certificates which it can either use, save for larger-scale projects or sell to other municipalities. The UBA is putting this system to the test in a pilot project together with 15 municipalities throughout the country.