klimaGEN: Turning energy cooperatives into climate protection cooperatives

Duration: January 2017 – December 2019

Project coordination: University of Kassel

Collaborators: DGRV - Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e.V., deENet Kompetenznetzwerk dezentrale Energietechnologien e.V.

Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Summary: In Germany, approximately 900 energy cooperatives comprising 200,000 members have mainly been involved in the expansion of renewable energies within the last years. However, their potential for climate protection is much bigger. By developing new fields of activity such as energy efficiency, sufficiency and mobility they can strengthen their climate protection-impact. Furthermore, their regional and civic background allows for addressing a broad population with regard to climate-relevant behavior.

The project focuses on the strategic advancement of “energy cooperatives” towards “climate protection cooperatives”. The project appeals to managerial and active ordinary members of energy cooperatives as well as non-members in the region of the energy cooperatives. For three types of energy cooperatives surveys of members and non-members are planned. The results will allow identifying successful strategies for cooperative climate protection policies, which comprise commercial and non-commercial activities as well as innovative public relations measures. The policies will be realized and evaluated in at least nine energy cooperatives from the entire federal territory. Project outcomes will be documented and published on the website www.klimagen.de.


Lioba Kucharczak 

Tel. (0561) 804 - 7942 

Beate Fischer 

Tel. (0561) 804 - 7941