Zero Emission Villages as strategic objective for sustainable land use management

The research project is put into the context of intensified interactions between natural and socio-economic systems and their palpable effects on the cultivated landscape.

This becomes particularly evident with regard to land use, which is directly affected by increasingly competing usage claims and the related consequences. Nowadays, land use is not only affected by local/ regional and national framework conditions, but increasingly also by global effects and dependencies; such as the international markets for raw materials and their linkages i.e. to agriculture or climate change.


Overall aim of the project

The overall aim is the fundamental reorganisation and systematic innovation of the material and energy management of two typical municipalities in Rhineland-Palatinate: Sprendlingen-Gensingen and Rockenhausen. The new management concept will be based on existing, regionally differentiated natural conditions and existing utilisation structures and will aim for low emissions and maximum resource conservation.

To achieve an integrative, holistic and sustainable land management the strategy of Zero Emission Villages (ZEV) is applied and advanced. In this context the vision of ‘zero emission’ means a continuous optimisation of energy, material and financial flows within defined economic and regional system boundaries.

Within the project the detailed consideration and analysis of material and energy streams is organised in different sub-projects: water, waste and secondary raw materials, energy and land use and cultivated landscape management. The sub-projects are also addressing the interactions with accompanying legal and planning conditions as well as existing interlinkages and synergies. The evaluation and analyses lead to a comprehensive knowledge and decision-making base for municipal resource management and associated land use management. By the intensive networking of the sub-projects tools, concrete action strategies and innovative demonstration projects (next-practice projects) will be developed. Those guidelines and tools can then be adopted by other municipalities and regions to introduce a zero-emission strategy and sustainable land management. This allows the transfer of the results into practice.

The department ‘Infrastructure & Municipal Development’ is responsible for the “waste and secondary raw materials” sub-project.




  • Trailer "BMBF-Fördermaßnahme "Nachhaltiges Landmanagement"" (>> Trailer
  • Nachhaltiges Landmanagement - Der Film (>> Kurzfilm)
  • Final report of the joint research project "Zero Emission Villages as a strategic objective for sustainable land use management" (>> Final report)


  • FH Trier - Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement (IfaS) - Koordinator
  • FH Trier - Zentrum Umweltkommunikation am Umwelt-Campus (ZUKUC)
  • areal GmbH
  • Peschla + Rochmes GmbH
  • ZBF GmbH - Zentrum für Bodenschutz und Flächenhaushaltspolitik
  • juwi Holding GmbH
  • ISS - Institut für Solftwaresysteme
  • Verbandsgemeinde Sprendlingen-Gensingen
  • Verbandsgemeinde Rockenhausen



Supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research under the initiative Sustainable Land Management (FKZ 033L006A).




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06/2011 to 05/2016