Ritterhude an Sztum deliberate on common project ideas for climate protection

25 January 2017 

As part of the project “Polish-German cooperation on low-economy in cities”, the partner cities of Ritterhude and Sztum met for their first work meeting from 18 to 19 January in Ritterhude. Representatives from both cities, including the mayors Susanne Geils (Ritterhude) and Leszek Tabor (Sztum), discussed their ideas for the development of joint projects. 

During the meeting, the municipalities identified energy poverty as a key priority within their cooperation and decided to focus on projects that could be implemented in both Ritterhude and Sztum. Another field of activity could be the monitoring of energy consumption patterns in schools, private households, local businesses, and public facilities. Moreover, the representatives from both cities emphasized their determination to raise awareness about climate change measures among the population. The strengthening of school exchanges was identified as a potential option to implement measures to achieve this goal. Another outcome of the meeting was the mutual wish for cross-cutting and more regular exchange about the strategic development in terms of the low-emission economy.

Both partner cities are now eager to specify their project ideas and identify suitable sources for funding. In order to spur the development of concrete projects, the next work meeting was scheduled to take place again in 2017.  

German and Polish partner cities start working on projects for low-emission economy

20 December 2016

On 14 December Herten and Szczytno laid the foundations for their cooperation on climate protection. The meeting in the Polish city focused on developing common action to raise awareness among the population through student exchange. A joint project on technical issues (such as environmentally friendly street lighting, energy consulting for households or energy refurbishment of buildings) is also planned. 

Representatives of Cölbe and Kościerzyna met two days later in Warsaw to exchange their interests and experience in the field of low-emission economy and decide on further joint activities. Both cities have already undertaken remarkable measures for climate protection and want to involve local associations in the implementation of joint projects. There is also a great interest in energy monitoring and management in public buildings.

Based on the working meetings, city partnerships will define their ideas for cooperation and develop implementation plans in 2017. Next steps within the project are the bilateral meeting between Ritterhude and Sztum in January and coaching for the representatives of Polish cities that will take place at the end of February in Warsaw. 

Municipalities on the way to climate protection – German-Polish conference highlights their efforts

20 December 2016

At the conference “Low-emission economy on the municipal level” organized by the Polish and German Ministries of Environment on 15 December in Warsaw, stakeholders from both countries discussed the role of municipalities in climate protection. State Secretary at the German Ministry Jochen Flasbarth emphasized in the presence of the Polish Minister of Environment Prof. Jan Szyszko that many cities already lead the way in climate protection. 

Following the political debate, municipal representatives presented their experience with the implementation of climate protection measures at two sessions moderated by adelphi. The discussion depicted problems in Poland and Germany, but also innovative solutions and good examples from municipalities and cooperation projects in both countries.

First bilateral meeting between partner cities Rosbach v. d. Höhe  and Ciechanowiec

5 December 2016

The mayors of Rosbach v. d. Höhe and Ciechanowiec together with other representatives of both cities met on 24-25 November in Rosbach to discuss the basis for cooperation on climate and energy policy.

The meeting focused on the overview of tools and projects realized in the field of low-emission economy. The delegation visited projects on climate protection implemented in Rosbach: the new gymnasium with a photovoltaic installation on the roof and the new fire station with renewable energy sources for heating.

During an interactive session, following topics for cooperation were identified: mobility, modernization of street lighting in Ciechanowiec, improvement of energy management in public buildings, climate-friendly consumer behavior, and renewable heating. Within the City Partnership Program municipalities would also like to exchange know-how, as well as to work on common issues.

The next step is to specify the needs of both partners with regard to the above mentioned aspects and exchange. This is to enable the development of a project outline together with experts at the next meeting which will be held in mid-2017 in Ciechanowiec.

Discussion Paper - Fostering local development with low-emission solutions

28 September 2016

What do low-emission measures bring to local communities and governments? How to transform your city and tap into economic, social and health benefits? Read and discuss!

Priorities of municipalities and communities from Germany and Poland often converge to achieving – or maintaining – economic prosperity, as well as ensuring a good quality of life for all, including efficient infrastructures and a clean environment.

The independent think-tanks adelphi, WiseEuropa and Institute for Sustainable Development launched a bilateral discussion on the benefits of a low-emission economy for local development at a joint roundtable in January 2016. The discussion paper “Tapping into the co-benefits of low-emission economy in cities” draws on this discussion, and offers a basis for further reflection about selected benefits based on evidence from both countries.

Low-emission policies and actions on the local level may:

  • Enhance public health
  • Improve the quality of life of citizens and increase the attractiveness of municipalities
  • Bring financial savings for municipal and individual budgets
  • Generate additional revenues and jobs

There is evidence that local communities in Germany and Poland are already taking action for a cleaner sustainable future. This discussion paper seeks to trigger a reflection on the role that civil society and think-tanks can play in supporting local leaders and local communities in realizing these benefits and participating in the transformational change towards low-emission urban development.

Download the full discussion paper below to find out more about selected examples and recommendations:

New Guidance Notes - How to engage citizens and businesses for the low-emission transition in cities 

26 September 2016

Read about good practices from Polish and German cities in engaging citizens and entrepreneurs for the low-emission transition. The following Guidance Notes are based on the outcomes of the workshop conducted by adelphi and PNEC in Częstochowa dedicated to the innovative methods for engaging stakeholders in the climate protection, energy efficiency as well as the renewables development efforts.

4 x 2 partner cities to start developing joint low-emission projects

20 September 2016

Congratulations to the four pairs of municipalities that have successfully been selected for the partnership program under this cooperation project:

  • Herten and Szczytno
  • Ritterhude and Sztum
  • Rosbach vor der Höhe and Ciechanowiec, as well as
  • Cölbe and Koscierzyna !

We look forward to supporting you in jointly developing tangible solutions for a cleaner air, protected climate and socio-economic benefits on the local level.

More information on the thematic focus of the respective partnerships will follow soon. Stay tuned!

The last Call for Application for the City Partnership on Low-Emission Economy Programme

6 September 2016

If you have found a city to jointly undertake climate action, don’t forget to submit your application for the Support Package within the City Partnership Programme. Our services will help you to deepen your bilateral cooperation and implement project ideas.

Fill in the City Partnership on Low-Emission Economy - Application form  and send it by 15 September 2016 to

Camille Serre, adelphi:

Get more information on the City Partnership Programme and Support Package

Workshop in Czestochowa successfully completed!

12 August 2016

Thank you to all participants of the consultation meeting that took place in Czestochowa, Poland, on June 7 – 9, for sharing their experiences, ideas and expertise on local energy management, innovative financing options and outreach to non-municipal actors. We would like to particularly thank the host city of Czestochowa for the warm welcome.

The workshop’s outcomes and documentation are available below:

Moderator's Conclusions of the Workshop in Czestochowa

We hope to see you at our next meeting!

German cities wanted! Call for interest for partnerships on low-emission economy

Do you have experience to share from your own local climate activities? Are you looking for motivated partners to exchange on challenges and solutions for a bottom-up Energiewende? Is your municipality interested in European cooperation on local climate action?

Presently, several cities in Poland are looking for a partner city in Germany to address boost the transition towards a low-emission economy in their municipality through smart climate actions.

adelphi and the Polish network of municipalities Energie Cités (PNEC) have a pleasure to invite German municipalities to express their interest in joining the project “Polish-German cooperation for the low emission economy in cities”. The aim of the project is to exchange knowledge and experience in the area of climate action in cities through workshops, study tours and city partnerships.

adelphi and PNEC offer to support up to 5 Polish-German municipalities in the development of their bilateral cooperation on climate action. This includes (among others) one meeting each year from 2016 to 2018, incl. travel costs of up to 3 participants per municipality and interpretation services. The goal is to help municipalities realize a joint project in the low-emission economy field and support them in developing the necessary working structure to that end.

Visit our section “City Partnerships” or click below to download our flyer for more information!

Call for Interest - Flyer (DE)
Contact: Camille Serre, adelphi:

Workshop on local energy management: the draft program is now available!

During the next workshop that will take place on June 7 – 9 in Częstochowa, Poland, the participants will discuss issues around the local energy management.

Take a look into the draft agenda here:

The draft program of the workshop in Czestochowa

Let’s meet in Czestochowa!

aldephi and Energie Cités (PNEC) are pleased to announce that the next workshop will be hosted by the city of Czestochowa, Poland, on June 7 – 8, followed by site visits in and around Czestochowa on June 9.

The workshop addresses local governments and stakeholders engaged in low-emission policies and actions in Poland and Germany. Focus of the workshop will be the energy management: Which possibilities do have municipalities to promote a rational use of energy? Which instruments – e.g. regulatory, financial, technical measures or campaigns – can be implemented to address both public and private actors?

Further, the workshop will provide opportunities for deepening the exchange of city partnerships on the low-emission economy.

If you are interested in joining the event, please contact Camille Serre at

Energy efficiency at district level: guidance notes out now!

As part of the project, adelphi and its partners will release a series of short guidance notes for municipal representatives and local agents of change. The goal is to outline the main take-away messages from innovative approaches to selected topics of the low-emission economy, based on good-practice examples. Click below to read the first guidance notes:

Guidance Notes on Energy Efficiency at a district level

Benefits of low-emission economy: German-Polish civil society dialog initiated

On January 26, adelphi, the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) and the Warsaw Institute for Economic Studies (WISE) invited non-governmental organizations, think-tanks, academics and local governments from Poland and Germany to a first roundtable focusing on tapping the co-benefits of the low-emission economy.

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New perspectives in the Ruhr area: workshop and site visits with Polish and German municipalities

On December 8-10 the city of Herten warmly welcomed 13 Polish municipal representatives, as well as German colleagues from the surrounding municipalities and the project team. At the center of this interactive two-day workshop were the topics of energy efficiency and structural change. Former heart of the coal mining industry in Germany, the Ruhr area has managed to reinvent itself around new, clean technologies.

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Polish municipalities explore German know how in local climate action

On the occasion of the ICCA 2015, selected Polish representatives visited best practice examples of local climate action and sustainable urban planning in and around Hanover, Germany. This marked the launch of adelphi’s new Polish-German cooperation project on low-emission economy in cities.

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This project is funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the German Federal Environment Ministry and by the German Federal Environment Agency. The responsibility for the content of the website lies with the editors.