Region twinning for climate protection

Duration: December 2014 – November 2017

Project coordination: University of Kassel, Chair of Energy Economics

Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) ("NKI - National initiative for climate protection")

Summary: RegioTwin integrates “twinning” as a mutual learning principle into climate protection activities at communal and regional level for the first time in Germany. The model project tests and evaluates in how far close cooperation and know-how transfer between two or more municipalities, cities, or districts, catalyse the implementation of climate protection measures. Two different forms of twinning are being applied: twinning between regions (cooperation between experienced/ consulting partner and learning/ implementing partner) and twinning around a specific set of measures (implementation of best practice). With a mixture of low-threshold, well-proven, but also innovative climate protection measures, the project seeks to engage particularly those municipalities and regions that are relatively new in the field of climate protection. 

A further building block of the project is to increase the number of energy- and climate-active model regions in Germany, to gather new members for the existing German network of model regions, and to contribute to new applications and business models in climate protection strategies. Additionally, an exchange of know-how between German and Austrian model regions is launched in the project. The idea is to build cross-border partnerships at regional level, on the one hand, and to exchange experiences at the level of model region networks, on the other hand. 


Prof. Dr. Heike Wetzel
Tel. (0561) 804 - 7750