Regional & municipal climate protection
How regional and municipal climate protection can succeed together
North Rhine-Westphalia has 396 cities and municipalities and 31 districts, giving it plenty of room to shape climate protection at the local level. NRW.Energy4Climate is a supporting partner for municipalities and helps to ensure that climate protection measures are successfully implemented in each city, municipality and district. The regional agency and the municipalities in NRW are working together to create suitable conditions for municipal climate protection while also breaking down existing barriers in the field. The goal is to strengthen local climate protection efforts, thereby reducing emissions more quickly in the areas that can be influenced by local government and politics. In doing so, the cross-sectional task of climate protection is to be incorporated as a guideline for a comprehensive municipal transformation process.
The services provided by NRW.Energy4Climate build on the broad range of advisory services for municipalities offered by EnergyAgency.NRW, which was active until the end of 2021. From Bielefeld to South Westphalia, Cologne and Bonn to Aachen: NRW.ClimateNetworkers continue to support municipalities in carrying out climate protection campaigns for citizens. Furthermore, the regional agency offers internet-based software to calculate municipal energy and CO2 balances. It also monitors climate protection measures that have already been implemented and supports municipal energy management. Tools such as the Förder.Navi and the wind turbine planning assistant continue to drive the energy transition and climate protection forward at the municipal level.
Not only can municipalities count on NRW.Energy4Climate as a point of contact for climate protection – local businesses and trades can, too. A major advantage is that the municipal climate protection division can pass on expertise quickly by drawing on the technical know-how of the other divisions of the regional agency, such as energy management, heat and buildings or mobility.
External service providers also provide support to cope with the diverse tasks in the future, especially in the construction phase. This can be seen in the areas of photovoltaic expansion, low-emission mobility and urban energy solutions. These support services include activities such as the “ALTBAUNEU” initiative, the “100 Climate Protection Settlements” project and the award for energy-efficient non-residential buildings.
The NRW.ClimateNetworkers are distributed throughout NRW and act as central contacts for climate protection and energy efficiency for municipalities, companies and citizens in the regions. They advance climate protection projects and communication starting from central locations. They also act as a networking centre, bringing together district, state and regional partners.
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