This project ended on October 31st 2018. The project website will therefore not be updated. However, its content will be available until March 2019. For questions regarding the project, please contact Camille Serre.

Field report published

31 October 2018


Shaping participation in local climate mitigation - 5th consultation meeting in Warsaw

20 June 2018

From 12-13 June 2018, adelphi and PNEC held a workshop in Warsaw entitled "Taking action for climate mitigation! Participation of citizens and other non-municipal actors".

As part of the workshop, representatives of the participating municipalities explored options and instruments for the targeted involvement of non-municipal actors in the planning and implementation of climate change mitigation measures. The aim was to identify, address and specifically activate actors. Experts from Poland and Germany delivered input leading to lively discussions, because almost all participating municipalities had already gained experience with participatory processes - though not always the positive type. Practical exercises helped the participants in applying what they have learned to concrete cases and to discuss the results in the larger group as well as with experts. In the end, the potential of participatory processes within the framework of energy clusters, which currently have many municipalities in Poland, was discussed. A large feedback session in a collegial atmosphere, a group photo and the presentation of the traveling exhibition formed the conclusion of three years of project work.

Read more in the Moderator's Conclusions Consultation Meeting #5

For practical advice and inspiration, take a look at the Guidance Notes "Shaping communication and participation for local climate action"

To access the expert presentations from the workshop, visit our download section. The presentations are available in Polish and German only.

adelphi and Ritterhude reflect on city partnerships for climate action at Zukunftsforum Energiewende

30 November 2017

adelphi and Ulrich Müller, project counsellor to the municipality of Ritterhude, jointly led a workshop at the annual Zukunftsforum Energiewende which took place from 28-29 November 2017 in Kassel. Zukunftsforum Energiewende is the largest gathering of experts on renewable energies, climate action, energy efficiency and e-mobility in cities and regions on the national level in Germany.

Camille Serre and Lisa Schneider of adelphi discussed with Ulrich Müller about the design of the energy transition throughout the EU and the role and potential for city partnerships in this field. Together with the participants – some of them were representatives from municipalities themselves – the moderators and the expert engaged in a lively debate about experience and formats of bilateral city cooperation. Some participants were surprised by the fact that it has been the Polish partner city of Sztum that actually inspired the low-emission efforts of Ritterhude.

Ritterhude would now like to use the positive impulse that emerged from the city partnership by applying for funding from the German Reconstruction Bank’s Programme 432 “Energy-related city refurbishment”.

Polish and German municipalities experience sustainable mobility in Essen

22 September 2017

As part of European Mobility Week 2017, Polish and German municipalities explored the potential of sustainable mobility for liveable cities and municipalities from 19 to 21 September. adelphi and PNEC organised and moderated the three-day workshop, the highlight of which was a multimodal field trip in Essen.

Pelase find a detailed documentation of the workshop in the Moderator's Conclusion.

A summary of the Field Trip is available for download as well.

For three days, around 35 municipal government stakeholders, including mayors, exchanged views on “sustainable mobility as a contribution to municipal climate protection.” The workshop was part of European Mobility Week, which takes place every September. The city of Essen, European Green Capital 2017, served as the workshop setting. For some time now, the city in the centre of the Ruhr has been focusing on climate change mitigation measures with a particular focus on better connecting the various modes of transportation (“intermodality”). This includes the development of a bike paths network under the leadership of the Ruhr regional association and in cooperation with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. One prominent example is the first "biking highway" in Germany, RS1, which is set to cross the Ruhr area for more than 100 km by the end of the construction period.

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High level experts from Poland and Germany discussing measures to confront energy poverty and the air pollution

20 June 2017

At the second round table held on June 8, 2017 in Warsaw, representatives of Polish and German ministries together with bilateral experts discussed strategies to combat energy poverty and confront the air pollution in Poland.

 For many years, Poland has been among the EU Member States with the highest levels of air pollution, which in cities are usually the result of the heating behavior of households. New studies are pointing out lacking economic incentives and energy poverty as reasons for this phenomenon. The causes of energy poverty and air pollution should therefore be combated together. adelphi and the Institute for Public Affairs have developed a roundtable discussion format in Warsaw on the subject. Representatives of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and the representatives of several Polish ministries discussed the current state of energy poverty in the EU, along with examining concrete policies, programmes and projects for its containment with research institutions and non-governmental organizations. Read more

13 Polish Municipalities Participate in Low-Emission Coaching in Warsaw

6 March 2017

On 28 February and 1 March 2017, the 13 participating municipalities from Poland participated in a low-emission coaching tailored to their specific needs. The coaching serves as a major tool for targeted capacity building in terms of developing and implementing low-emission measures in the municipalities.

The participants took part in five topical sessions:

  1. Tackling air pollution
  2. Low-emission urban planning
  3. Development of renewable energy sources
  4. Climate- and energy managers
  5. Energy efficiency in buildings

During the sessions, the representatives from the participating municipalities discussed their own planned or ongoing projects with experts from Poland and Germany.

For more information, please visit our Coaching section.

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.