NRW.Energy4Climate supports and initiates international energy transition projects

In addition to the specific partner countries and regions, the NRW.Energy4Climate team works within various international project consortia. These deal with the topics of climate education, hydrogen, municipal exchange and mobility, among others.

The State Agency for Energy and Climate Action is involved in the following international projects and is actively working on their implementation: 




Since 2022, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia and the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn have launched a centre for climate education called "ACE-Hub –- Action for Climate Empowerment". The ACE Hub's events are intended to support the goals of Article 12 of the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims, among other things, to improve education and training opportunities and raise awareness on climate change issues. 


The activities of the ACE Hub are carried out through its three pillars, which focus on national ACE Focal Points, youth and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Within the project, young people from NRW and from all over the world can network. Companies, municipalities and other stakeholders from NRW have the opportunity to participate in UNFCCC events through the ACE Hub.   



Action for Climate Empowerment Hub | UNFCCC  

United Nations and State of North Rhine-Westphalia establish Centre for Climate Education in Bonn | Land.NRW  


Contact: Jung Lin, +49 211 822 086-478, 


Climate-Smart Municipalities (CSM) is an intergenerational project between Minnesota (USA) and NRW for mutual knowledge transfer and inspiration exchange involving twelve cities to advance municipal climate action. The municipalities engage in regular online meetings, delegation trips, workshops and networking events. This project was launched in the 2010s. Since then, the network has expanded greatly. In addition to municipalities, researchers, students, NGOs, local businesses and schools are also involved.   


Contact: Jung Lin, +49 211 822 086-478, 


Town Twinning for Climate Action

Cities and municipalities play a crucial role in the implementation of climate action. Town twinning has the potential to drive peer learning between municipalities in this area. NRW.Energy4Climate aims to support the technical cooperation of NRW municipalities with their partner cities on the topics of climate action and energy.  


What we offer for municipalities in NRW:   

  • Support for setting up peer learning on climate action topics within the framework of existing town twinning arrangements.   

  • Support for the coordination of online events and delegation trips   

  • Communication with foreign partners  

  • Accompaniment of delegation trips   

  • Expert input on the energy sector, decarbonisation of industry, heat and buildings as well as sustainable mobility e.g. lectures, materials  


Contact: Jung Lin, +49 211 822 086-478, 


Since 2020, the province of Zuid-Holland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy in NRW have been cooperating within the framework of the RH2INE (Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence) initiative. NRW.Energy4Climate manages the cooperation for the state of NRW. The long-term goal of this cross-border cooperation is to establish a climate-neutral transport corridor in the Rhine-Alpine region by using hydrogen as an alternative propulsion technology. The focus here is on the decarbonisation of freight transport, with a focus on inland navigation, and the development of the necessary infrastructure in the ports. The project has already built up a broad network of more than 30 private and public stakeholders and involved other regions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany. In addition to regular stakeholder workshops, the partners in the cooperation meet once a year with stakeholders from industry, business and politics at the RH2INE conference. The aim is to further strengthen the joint cooperation and to exchange information on new progress.   


Project website: RH2INE   


Contact: Inga Söllner, +49 211 822 086-465, 

Jung Lin

ACE-Hub, Climate-Smart-Municipalities, Town Twinning for Climate Action

Phone: +49 211 8220 864-78

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Inga Söllner


Phone: +49 211 8220 864-65

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