Many people who say goodbye to retirement get nice words, but it is often clear to everyone involved that the gap created by the farewell closes faster than an elevator door. That is certainly not the case with Hans Gröbmayr, the first climate protection manager in the Ebersberg district. With him you can say without blushing that he was and is a stroke of luck for the district. His passion for climate protection is convincing and contagious, his honest, sincere and often very clear manner has impressed those in long, exhausting meetings of community and district committees for whom the topic is not on the agenda and rather, well yes, maybe not even in 10th place.

And a lot has happened, first of all the foundation of the energy agency, which is so successful and innovative that the large district of Munich has meanwhile attached itself to the small district of Ebersberg. In many well-attended lectures, the topic of climate protection in all its varieties was brought to the public, and in photovoltaic bundle campaigns people were successfully shown that climate protection does not necessarily have to be on the wallet. Gröbmayr’s work also builds on the fact that the Eberwerk can now market locally produced electricity locally. Representatives of the district rightly refer to these successes throughout Bavaria and are happy to be celebrated as pioneers.

But that shouldn’t hide the fact that the Ebersberg district is far from being as far as it actually wanted to be. The share of renewable energies has not grown as quickly as planned, and electricity and heat consumption has not decreased as much as hoped. This is partly due to the framework conditions created by federal and state legislation – just remember that due to the new 10-hour regulation, the municipalities had to put an almost finished concentration area plan for wind energy back in the drawer. However, this is also because those responsible in the municipal committees are happy to commit themselves to climate protection, but then do not trust themselves to go as courageously as necessary – the wind turbine or free-field photovoltaics could displease voters. If the energy transition is to actually work by 2030, that has to change.