We expect an increase of up to 50% more summer days and hot days until the middle of the century compared to the period of 1971 - 2000. Also, we will have an significant increase of the average air temperature.
Main motivation for taking adaptation action
Frankfurt's main motivations for taking adaptation action vary widely, from improving the quality of life for senior citizens to avoiding service interruption in public transport. Overall, Frankfurt hopes that its citizens can benefit from pleasant climatic conditions in the future.
Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
To gather Frankfurt's climate know-how, the city created a Climate Change Coordination Group (KGK) in 2007 and in September 2014, this group published the city's first Adaptation Strategy and laid the groundwork for future adaptation action. The Strategy describes Frankfurt's geography, demographics, and climate change impacts. It then outlines the perspectives, goals, and adaptation actions of the relevant sectors, namely: planning, construction, green areas, mobility/transportation, water, and health.
Planned adaptation actions
Some of Frankfurt's planned adaptation actions include improving heat protection in buildings during the summer months; expanding a funding programme dedicated to greening the city (i.e. parks, trees, rooftops, facades); covering tram stops and bicycle storage areas; installing a flood alarm system; and improving communication with vulnerable demographic groups (i.e. senior citizens) about heat-related health risks.
Good practice / spotlight item
Greening Public Transportation
Frankfurt experiences extremely warm temperatures in the summer, which exacerbates the Urban Heat Island effect that is particularly evident during the summer months. To deal with this issue, Frankfurt has recovered and greened some of the city's tramlines, which is a very simple and efficient way to reduce the thermal consumption of the ground material and improve the albedo of the area. It also allows rainwater to be absorbed and remain in the local area where it comes down.