Our commercial and industrial areas
Commercial zones are being planned in many places today.
But there are no specifications as to what it should look like in terms of impact on the climate, traffic and space requirements. There are possible solutions here:
1. guideline for industrial estates
For this purpose we have created a guideline, with many questions that should be answered. Usually the decisions are made first and the problems come later and cannot be solved.
The traffic problems are enormous in this case.
However, the rail connection is usually not available or even feasible only with a very large effort. At the same time, trucks should be able to travel quickly by rail, as it is more climate-neutral.
Although the new rail system can also transport trucks in a climate-neutral manner, whether it can be solved economically and logistically over long distances still needs to be worked out. Passenger transport also needs to be planned.
2. small freight stations at passenger stations:
The large freight stations described cannot and should not be built everywhere.
The truck should not have to travel so far to the freight station, a limit could be about 50 km.
Therefore, small simple freight stations are needed. Building small freight stations over the existing tracks or passenger stations can be a solution.
3. commercial areas in the 2nd level:
It is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the requirements for commercial areas. The traffic routes are getting more and more difficult and affect more and more people, due to the individual traffic of employees and guests, the public transport as well as the truck traffic. Therefore, from an ecological point of view, we must use resources more sparingly.
4. topsoil is finite
Our topsoil is important and also finite. Why we show.
1. We have prepared a guideline for industrial parks. It should serve as a working document to assess commercial areas to make them more ecological. Attached is an example of an ordinance against light pollution.
2. here is a small video for a small freight station above a passenger station
3. We must therefore build in a more space-saving way. To do this, you can also use commercial areas in several floors. So build another one above a commercial area.
This little video shows how it works.
4. the other problem with new industrial zones is the destruction of arable land, forests, green areas or simply nature.
The finite topsoil:
"A one-inch layer of humus-rich soil can take between 100 and 300 years to develop - but can be lost to erosion in a single heavy thunderstorm rain."
Here is the link to the German description from the Federal Environment Agency: