GermanZero: Crafting a climate action masterplan
A pro bono project that originated at a cocktail party: At a late-night, high-level reception at Frankfurt Book Fair 2019, Fabian met Kai Matthiesen, managing partner at Metaplan Consulting. They had previously collaborated on the development of a local sustainability Agenda for Blankenese, a municipal district of Hamburg. It had been Fabian´s part to document the purpose- and mission-finding discussion and fit it into a compact document. Kai told Fabian about GermanZero, a new initiative for climate neutrality in Germany. They would organize a 3-day “hackathon” with some of the best German environmental experts and scientists, facilitated by Metaplan’s professional facilitators to come up with a rough plan on how to achieve climate neutrality in Germany by 2030.
Fabian agreed, not knowing what he had gotten himself into.
After three highly intensive workdays and -nights with the crowd of ca. 30 high-calibre experts, the time of structuring and editing came.
Expert Hackathon at Metaplan in Quickborn: How can we manage to make Germany climate neutral by 2030?
As an “editor in chief”, it was Fabian’s task to facilitate a consensus between experts with diverging views on specific topics, to coordinate a team of ca.10 other contributing experts and editors and to put everything into a homogenous language and shape. The resulting 64-page”1,5-Degree Climate Action Plan for Germany” was presented to the press in December 2019, resulting in a considerable media coverage, for example on taz, Deutschlandfunk or Berliner Morgenpost, strongly supported by Klaudia Kelleh´s PR Work.
Later, GermanZero was endorsed and promoted by German Media Stars like Rezo, Jan Josef Liefers, Carolin Kebekus. Jan Delay and many many others, as expressed in the GermanZero YouTube Video: