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

On January 26, 2016, 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.

The roundtable, organized in the course of the project Polish-German cooperation for low-emission economy in cities, initiated a discussion on the interconnections between socio-economic challenges faced by local governments and communities, and the potential of low-emission measures in tackling them. City attractiveness, efficient use of resources, stable access to energy, as well as enhanced public health are just a few mentioned benefits of the transition to a low-emission economy.

The roundtable also provided a forum for taking stock of selected projects and initiatives currently implemented in Poland and Germany in the field of local development, health and environment. They ranged from policies and actions implemented by municipalities – among them financial schemes supporting exchange of old, coal fired stoves used in public building and causing toxic air pollutions, campaigns launched by the civil society – such as More than Energy campaign, tools developed to support local governments in the implementation of smart, resource-efficient and sustainable solutions – e.g. the Climate City Guide introduced by the Technical University of Dortmund, and cooperation’s between municipalities and businesses – as in the bicycle rental system introduced by the city of Warsaw and managed by a private company. These initiatives can build a fertile ground for future work and coalitions.

adelphi, ISD and WISE will now reflect on the outcomes of the discussion in a policy paper to be published in spring. 

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