From Episode 138
Useful for iPace drivers (and others) who were not shown the difference when they got their cars.
Short, sweet and to the point
Great work, Pete
From Episode 139
Back in the dark old days when I made my living flying across Europe and leaving an unimaginable large carbon footprint, I spent many a week in Berlin. This carbon footprint was increased dramatically by the fact that there were only three air lanes into Berlin and you had to fly at a ridiculously low, inefficient altitude as you went over Communist East Germany.
At that time - just as the wall was coming down - I would fly into and out of Berlin’s Tegel Airport. This airport was put in place to supersede Templehof airport which was the site of the Berlin Airlift and had outgrown its current city centre location. In a very circular manner, Templehof is starting to get green credentials now by hosting the Berlin round of the Electric Formula E championship and now, it seems, Tegel is going green, too.
Some parts of the airport will be reused, with old terminals turned into commercial space for research and offices for startups. But a more-than-100-acre area near where the runway used to sit will be completely reimagined, with 5,000 new apartment homes built in a walkable, bikeable, carbon-neutral neighbourhood with parks, schools, and stores.
The plans call for wide bike lanes and green spaces. At the edge of the neighbourhood, there will be access to micromobility and existing public transit. The neighbourhood will allow limited access to cars (people who are disabled, for example, will be able to drive up to their buildings), but will otherwise be car-free.
With buildings made from locally sourced wood and an 80% reduction in Co2 emissions for the construction, this looks like a fantastic project.
I’m glad a site with such a huge historic carbon footprint is now starting to give some of that back.