Polish municipalities learn about methods and tools available for process design, stakeholder involvement and policy planning. The coaching serves as a major tool for targeted capacity building for the development and implementation of low-emission measures in municipalities. It applies an interactive pedagogical approach emphasising peer-to-peer exchange.


On 28 February and 1 March 2017, the 13 participating municipalities from Poland got the chance to discuss their planned or ongoing projects with experts from Poland and Germany. 

In five sessions, they exchanged both experience and knowledge on the following topics:

Tackling air pollution

adelphi and PNEC were excited to assign Anna Dworakowska from the well-known Polish Initiative Smog Alert Krakow (Krakowski Alarm Smogowy), a major organization dedicated to the fight against air pollution. She highlighted the lack of targeted legislation in the field of air pollution, especially concerning regulations for stoves. Moreover, Ms Dworakowska presented best practices along with useful approaches enabling municipalities to tackle air pollution despite the absence of appropriate legislation, ranging from education measures to the subsidization of efficient boilers and stoves.

Low-emission master planning and urban development

In this session, representatives of the local governments discussed their specific conditions and challenges in regard to urban planning with architect and urban planner Maciej M. Mycielski. The expert presented sustainable, proven and tested approaches to innovative urban planning. On the basis of his presentation, the participants took a closer look at projects such as district revitalization or development of the new commercial zones in their respective towns.

Renewable Energy Development in the City

This session focused on the development and use of renewable energy sources in cities and put special emphasis on success stories from Polish municipalities. Wolfang Degelmann from EnergieVision Frankenwald e.V. and Gierałtowice’s major Joachim Bargiel presented different ways to develop renewable energy sources and exploit their socio-economic benefits in spite of tight municipal budgets. In addition, Marek Józefiak from Polska Zielona Sieć visualized process relevant key factors for the success of renewable energy development in Polish cities.

Climate & Energy managers: Establishing a working structure for low-emission economy in the municipal administration

This session highlighted model examples of the position of climate and energy managers in Polish cities. Among them, Bielsko-Biała with its energy manager Piotr Sołtysek, is deemed a pioneer municipality. The participants presented the structures of their local administrations and discussed the benefits, along with specific challenges and possible solutions necessary to create an energy manager position.

Energy efficiency in buildings

In the following discussion round the participants addressed the issue of energy efficiency in buildings in their municipalities. The focus of discussion with expert Łukasz Polakowski (FEWE) were the portfolios of municipal assets and identification of approaches to energy efficiency measures in all buildings.

Moreover, since representatives of the Polish Environment Ministry and the German Embassy in Warsaw attended the coaching as guest participants and discussion partners, the municipal representatives had the opportunity to exchange on available financing programmes. The final day of the coaching was enriched with the presentation from Saskia Lührs representing IWO (Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe). She elaborated on the recently launched funding programmes for low-emission projects by the German Federal Ministry for Environment since those funds are both interesting and accessible for Polish municipalities.

The coaching aimed at strengthening the municipalities in their further strives towards the development and implementation of concrete projects. To this end, participants were provided with numerous tools and inspiring examples along with feedback reflecting planned and ongoing activities implemented in those municipalities. The coaching was a crucial milestone that will determine the next steps within the project, especially the second round of bilateral meetings with German partner cities.

The inputs of the respective experts are available among other thematically sorted sources in the download section.


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.