Sustainable Engineering

RessourcenPlan im Quartier (R2Q)

Project description

More and more people are choosing to live in cities and the UN predicts that 68% of people will live in cities by 2050, compared to 55% today. In Germany, three out of four people already live in cities. In addition,
people in cities use a large share of the resources. Since the migration to cities will not decrease, the question arises of how life in the city can be made as resource-efficient and sustainable as possible. Hence, the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 focuses on sustainable cities. In the joint project R2Q, measures for more efficient water management as well as material, land and energy use are developed for two urban districts in the city of Herne (North Rhine-Westphalia). These neighborhoods were selected because their structure is representative of many urban areas in Germany. The Chair of Sustainable Engineering is responsible for creating and applying a method to assess the resource efficiency of the applied measures and ensuing transformation scenarios. District-specific data is collected with the help of the project partners. The evaluation method should allow the optimization of resources used for the measures and make visible synergies and conflicting goals. The aim of the project is to create a resource plan that helps municipalities transform towards resource-efficient urban districts. The plan should also be applicable beyond Herne.

The specific goals of the Chair of Sustainable Engineering are:

  • Development of an evaluation method for the resource efficiency of urban districts, which takes into account the resources of area, water and material flows
  • Creation of a database based on the data required for the evaluation method and provided by the project partners
  • Application of the evaluation system to the current situation identified by the project partners as well as to the transformation scenarios developed by the project partners


Client: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Duration 03/2019 – 02/2022

Project partners:

  • FH Münster (project management)
  • RWTH Aachen
  • TU Berlin
  • City of Herne
  • Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin
  • Gelsenwasser
  • Jung Stadtkonzepte
  • Abruchtechnik Exkern GmbH & Co. KG
  • Institut für technisch-wissenschaftliche Hydrologie GmbH (itwh) Hannover

Topics: sustainable cities, resource efficiency

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Contact person:
MSc. Rosalie Arendt
Room: Z 205
E-mail: arendt(at)
Tel: +49 (0) 30 314-25083