Saxonian Cities

Case Study: City of Leipzig, Germany

Overview

The City of Leipzig, located in Germany, is a pivotal pilot region for the Soteria project. With a focus on local and regional resilience, Soteria partners, including the German Insurance Association (GDV), Genillard & Co, HSWT, and Saxony/Unhalt, are spearheading efforts to address a spectrum of climate hazards threatening urban and agricultural areas.

Partnership Ecosystem

The German Insurance Association (GDV) leads the consortium, collaborating closely with Genillard & Co, HSWT, Saxony/Unhalt, and the Consumer Association (VZS). Together, these partners bring a wealth of expertise in environmental research, insurance, academia, and consumer advocacy, ensuring a multifaceted approach to climate resilience.

Stakeholder Engagement

Key stakeholders engaged in the project include the Consumer Association (VZS), the Regional Environmental Agency (Landesamt furUmweltschult), KWL, GDV, and mutual insurance associations. By fostering collaboration among these stakeholders, Soteria aims to enhance community engagement and co-create solutions tailored to local needs.

Innovative Pilot Approaches

The City of Leipzig is a testing ground for various pilot types, including Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), Mutualised approaches, and Nudging strategies. Through these innovative approaches, Soteria seeks to explore novel risk mitigation methods and insurance coverage enhancement.

Climate Hazards

Leipzig faces many climate hazards, including stormwater, floods, droughts, heatwaves, wind, hail, spring frost, landslides, and subsidence. By identifying and addressing these hazards, Soteria aims to bolster the city's resilience against increasingly frequent and severe climate events.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

This project's KPIs include organising at least two stakeholder roundtables in Saxony (City of Leipzig) and Saxony-Anhalt (neighbouring City of Halle). Additionally, Soteria aims to conduct one lab and two field experiments to observe changes in insurance coverage through behavioural tactics, such as opt-out contracts, flood passes, and consumer surveys. These KPIs are benchmarks to measure the project's progress and impact in enhancing climate resilience in the City of Leipzig.