Lower Elbe Cooperation
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Lower Elbe Cooperation

The Lower Elbe from Hamburg to the Elbe estuary, a stretch of approximately 120 kilometres, ensures access to the Kiel Canal on the northern shore of the Elbe estuary. The Lower Elbe region is to be developed into an internationally significant and efficiently functioning business and industrial location – with growth potential for trendsetting branches of trade. That is the goal of the new flagship project titled “Transnational Regional Management for the Economic Region of the Lower Elbe”. 

Nearly three million people live in this region, which includes the districts of Dithmarschen, Steinburg and Pinneberg in Schleswig-Holstein and the districts Cuxhaven, Stade and Harburg in Lower Saxony as well as the city of Hamburg. The Lower Elbe project, which is supported by the metropolitan area of Hamburg, contributes to improving collaboration beyond the borders of states and administrations. To this end, the first nationwide “business speed dating” has already taken place in Brunsbüttel. The project offices in Hamburg, Stade and Brunsbüttel are invigorating the chemical industry and its cluster focal point, and are compiling an energy policy for the efficient use of heat lost during industrial processes in the Lower Elbe region. Furthermore, the position of the Lower Elbe region as an industrial location in international competition is gaining relevance. Initial sub-projects are directories, which enable interested enterprises to receive information concerning essential infrastructures and suppliers quickly.

Among other things, these include a pipeline overview for the Lower Elbe region and a detailed map of the location.