Handbook on climate action in Polish municipalities

Municipalities are at the forefront in the fight against climate change. Cities and municipalities are implementing climate measures on the ground – in the places where people live and work.

Climate mitigation in spite of tight budgets

Many municipalities in Poland, too, are interested in taking measures to promote climate action and improve air quality, thus becoming more attractive to investors and easing the burden on their budgets through lower energy costs and increased added value. When moving in this direction, Polish municipalities are often confronted with challenges – as are many German municipalities.

Due to budgetary constraints, those responsible are faced with the question of how financial scope can be created for local climate action. In this context, cost-reducing and income-generating measures in municipalities are particularly interesting.

Advisory Assistance Programme

The handbook "A low-emission economy starts with municipalities" (in polish "Gospodarka niskoemisy jna zaczyna się w gminie") provides Polish municipalities with information on financing options, on opportunities and possibilities for the involvement of stakeholders and on how to draw up climate measures. It outlines possible ways forward by listing numerous practical examples from Poland and Germany.

The handbook is a result of the advisory assistance project supported by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, which was implemented in close cooperation between Polish and German partners. The handbook will be applied in various German-Polish environment policy and municipal initiatives. Its predecessor for German municipalities "Klimaschutz trotz knapper Kassen" (climate mitigation in spite of tight budgets), which was developed within the framework of the National Climate Initiative, is still available.

Continuous mutual learning

A project building on the advisory assistance programme aimed at further intensifying the exchange of experience and cooperation between German and Polish municipalities and other important stakeholders on the transition towards a low-emission economy. The focus was on synergies between climate action and air pollution control and on the economic advantages resulting from local low-emission development strategies.

Municipalities with the aim at achieving the transition towards a low-emission economy have been able to learn from one another via dialogue events and visits. Projects on renewable energies, energy efficiency, mobility, urban development and awareness raising took centre stage. To this end, four German-Polish city partnerships on climate action were supported in strengthening their cooperation and joint project development. Experts from the above-mentioned areas coached thirteen Polish municipalities on planning and implementing their low-emission development strategies.

A new project under the European Climate Initiative of the German Environment Ministry will continue bridging European and local climate action.