City of Beckum – Master Plan for 100% Climate Action

“In the future, climate action and climate change adaptation activities in Beckum will follow the Master Plan 100% Climate Action principle and processes. In a town developed around brooks and built on cement, the future lies in energy independence and being climate aware.” Climate action announcement issued by the Beckum town administration.
Project information
Project duration 
01. Jul. 2016 to 30. Jun. 2020
Project funding reference number: 
Grant sum 
329.681 €
  • Environmental projects in schools promote environmentally-friendly mobility
    © Beckum
  • Climate action bike ride and visit to a wind farm
    © Beckum
  • Participants during climate action week
    © Beckum
  • Call for energy-efficient model house refurbishment
    © Beckum
  • Environmental projects in schools promote environmentally-friendly mobility
  • Climate action bike ride and visit to a wind farm
  • Participants during climate action week
  • Call for energy-efficient model house refurbishment

Spotlight on Beckum

The town of Beckum is situated to the south-east of the Münsterland region in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. As a medium-sized town and a former seat of district administration, Beckum currently has 36,000 inhabitants, covers approximately 111 square kilometres and is of key importance to the region. Over the past two years, Beckum has seen a slight growth in population. The surrounding area is mostly farmland which is largely used for crops.

Having developed as a small farming town in the middle ages, in the age of industrialisation Beckum became an important centre for the cement industry and for cement-related business. The countryside that lies between Beckum old town and Beckum new town (Neubeckum) is still shaped by vast stone quarries which are still in operation, by former excavation sites which have either been recultivated or left to nature, and by local cement factories. As a business location, Beckum has a large machinery and plant-building sector which includes several cement-related businesses. With its large industry base and the associated employment opportunities, Beckum has long attracted commuters from the surrounding region.

Beckum has attractive cycle paths and routes through Münsterland’s park-like landscape and offers a broad-based cultural programme. Both the number of day excursions and the number of over-night stays are increasing from year to year.

Beckum and the challenges faced in taking climate action

Beckum’s building stock comprises some 60 percent detached and semi-detached houses, and is thus largely privately owned. Of the approximately 9,130 residential buildings, some 70 percent were built before 1978 and are in need of considerable refurbishment. Compared with the national average, mobility in Beckum is still reliant on use of private cars and there is an urgent need for further expansion of cycle paths and public transport services. The local economy is largely dominated my manufacturing, especially cement, and farming.

Beckum's Master Plan for 100% Climate Action

  • Concept design and citizen participation

    Beckum’s current energy consumption amounts to approximately 940 gigawatt hours per annum, with 50 percent used for heat, 35 percent for mobility and 15 percent for electricity. Mobility accounts for the biggest share of greenhouse gas emissions despite the town’s rural location. With its stock-taking and potential analysis approach, the master plan process focuses on renewable energy and heat, transport planning and mobility, building, refurbishment and housing, urban development and climate change adaptation, and climate-aware lifestyles. The aim is to develop a portfolio of climate action projects for implementation in Beckum. Early inclusion of all stakeholders in both process phases – from idea to project and from project to implementation – is considered a key cross-sectoral responsibility.   

    Organisational structure

    Beckum’s administration and local policymakers, utility companies, industry, institutions and engaged citizens are all involved in the master plan 100% dialogue. The climate action advisory council provides strategic advice in matters concerning management of the master plan.

    Participation process

    Beckum relies on broad-based dialogue involving the entire town community. The master plan takes a bottom-up approach to enable as many stakeholders as possible to become engaged, share their experience and provide new ideas to help shape the plan. Opportunities for exchange and involvement in the town’s visions and projects are provided by the Beckum master plan forums – these allow scope for the development of implementable, innovative projects with regional links and for fostering sustainable lifestyles. 

    For more about the master plan process, see Beckum's official website (German).

  • Implementing the Master Plan

    Information will be provided during the implementation phase.

  • Project timeline and milestones

    July 2016

    Launch of the master plan process

    October 2016

    Climate action advisory board kick-off event

    November 2016

    1st master plan forum

    December 2016

    Kick-off event with local utilitiy companies

    January 2017

    Expert dialogue on use of exhaust heat

    February 2017

    Climate action advisory board meeting

    March 2017

    2nd master plan forum

    April 2017

    Expert dialogue on mobility

    April 2017

    Schools workshop for children in grades 7 to 9

    May 2017

    3rd master plan forum

    June 2017

    Expert committee discusses the master plan

    June 2017

    Climate action advisory board meeting

    July 2017

    Master plan adopted by Beckum town council

    September 2017

    Master plan presented and implementation phase begins

  • Climate action in Beckum to date

    Since the energy crisis back in the 1970s, Beckum has operated a policy to reduce energy use. In the 1980s, it introduced its first measures to regularly control and optimise energy consumption and energy supply in public buildings. The creation of energy commissioner positions provided the staffing needed to implement those measures. The basis for a structured approach was provided by Beckum’s first energy supply plan in 1988. Emission reduction targets were first contained in the framework climate policy implemented in 2008. Those targets were further defined in Beckum’s climate action plan 2010. The town council instructed the town administration to implement the Climate 2020 programme of measures, with gradual implementation of its 52 projects and seven model projects. In 2014, the climate action plan was revised, raising the total number of activities to 60.

  • Climate action expertise

    Beckum has developed expertise in the following climate action sectors:

    • Citizens’ wind farms
    • Waterbody renaturisation/flood protection
    • Energy-efficiency in buildings – consultancy and advice

    We seek dialogue and exchange on:

    • Using exhaust heat in industrial processes
    • Mobility solutions for rural areas
    • Solar-generated electricity and solar-thermal energy


Municipality Beckum

Federal State

North Rhine-Westphalia


36,560 (as at: 31.12.2015)


111,46 km²



Project management

Heinz-Josef Heuckmann
02521 29-370

Climate action management


Tobias Illbruck
02521 29-378

Weststraße 46, 59269 Beckum

Website (German)


Source: Content based on data provided by the Beckum authorities.

Weststraße 46
  • Nordrhein-Westfalen
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