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Berlin politicians and clubs team up to make nightlife more sustainable

The German capital aims to become carbon neutral by 2050...

Berlin's politicians and clubs have teamed up to make the city's nightlife more sustainable.

Friends of the Earth Germany and organisation clubliebe e.V have formed a climate project alliance, with the aim of having Berlin nightclubs help make the city carbon neutral by 2050.

At the heart of the new sustainability project is the drive for nightclubs to, among other things, use eco-friendly lighting, cooling and heating systems, water installations. They will aslo endeavour to look into ways of managing waste and recycling better.

"I think Berlin clubs are trendsetters, not just in terms of music, but also in terms of lifestyle," Green Party representative for climate protection and club culture, Georg Kössler, told DW. "That's why we as politicians focus on clubs now because they have such an impact. Thousands of people in Berlin go to clubs, thousands of people are coming to Berlin for the clubs, so we can really reach a lot of people by working with the clubs and making the clubs greener."