Ritterhude & Sztum

Official partnership

The official partnership between Ritterhude and Sztum started in 1991, was institutionalised in 1994 and is since then based on student and citizen exchange, cooperation between local associations in the field of healthcare and palliative care, as well as mutual support of fire brigades. Cities delegations visit each other by the occasions of relevant anniversaries, such as the cities foundation days.   

Cooperation on low-emission economy

Ritterhude and Sztum have a history of low-emission cooperation: Between 1998 and 2001 they partnered up on environmental protection under the ECOS Ouverture Program. With the application for the City Partnership Program, both cities decided to bring climate action and energy efficiency back into their cooperation.

Within the current project, the partners will focus their activities on fighting energy poverty, a pivotal issue in both municipalities. Energy-related refurbishment of similar districts consisting of single-family houses in Ritterhude and Sztum shall help tackle the problem. In both cases, the refurbishments need to address social aspects as well, for instance raising awareness about the correlation of energy savings, climate protection and long-term financial benefits.

The municipalities have worked in parallel on identifying mechanisms to pilot and finance energy related refurbishments at the district level:

Bilateral meetings within the project

05.03.2018 in Sztum

04.07.2017 in Sztum

18.-19.01.2017 in Ritterhude


Ritterhude an Sztum deliberate on common project ideas for climate protection (25.01.2017)

adelphi and Ritterhude reflect on city partnerships for climate action at Zukunftsforum Energiewende (30.11.2017)

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.