There is no local or district government – in other words there is no part of NRW which has not committed to “the other way of generating and using energy”, in other words to climate protection and the energy transformation. Reason enough for the government of NRW to support this development – which is also supported by all the political parties – in the different parts of the region. The climate protection targets of the EU are part of the general scheme here, but our own efforts to reduce the CO2 emissions in the most highly-populated region in Germany are also extremely important.
To help us reach local authorities and districts, industry, commerce and ordinary citizens more easily, existing advisory resources will be strengthened through the “Climate Protection in the Regions” project, which was initiated by the minister-president’s office and the NRW ministry for climate protection and is based at EnergyAgency.NRW. As early as 2012, EnergyAgency.NRW started to provide information to the different parts of NRW through its seven climate networkers (Klima.Netzwerker) in order not only to provide information about the EnergyAgency.NRW portfolio throughout the region, but also to provide targeted project support to players in the climate protection sector. With firm roots in the different regions of NRW, for example in district councils and in regional industry associations, for example, the climate networkers have already been able to implement some projects by providing all types of advice. NRW as sponsoring organisation has now added seven new members to the team of the climate networkers at EnergyAgency. NRW. In future, the team will be deployed in the five administrative districts, at the Regional Association Ruhr (RVR) and also in the seven regional development organisations. These are Zweckverband Region Aachen (Fabian Müller-Lutz), Münsterland e.V. (Sebastian Niekamp), Region Köln/Bonn e.V. (Jeff Roy Liem), OstWestfalenLippe GmbH (Petra Schepsmeier), Südwestfalen Agentur GmbH (Julia Reifenrath), Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (Cathrin Campen) and Climate Metropolis Ruhr 2022 (Nils Krüger). To these will be added Dr. Tobias Kemper, climate change adjustment networker at EnergyAgency.NRW.
Their tasks include proactive initiation of climate protection and climate change adjustment activities in the regions in close cooperation with the regional partners, and they will also facilitate dialogue between the different players in the field of climate protection and also to anchor KlimaExpo.NRW more strongly in the regions. With KlimaExpo.NRW, an instrument has been created which is able to present innovative climate protection projects which are also suitable for reproduction within a wider public. The climate networkers at Klima.
Netzwerker.NRW support KlimaExpo.NRW in finding good examples of this. And beyond the development of theme -based routes and paths in the regions, the routes should be made accessible and meaningful to the wider public. The CEO of Zweckverband Region Aachen, Professor Christiane Vaeßen, also confirms that cooperation with “her” climate networker offers real added benefit for the regional climate protection activities. And the CEO of the economic development body Bergische Struktur und Wirtschafts-förderungsgesellschaft, Bodo Middeldorf, also sees advantages: “Working together with the climate networkers means that we can cooperate with local authorities, industry and commerce and also the world of science in order to promote activities throughout the whole of NRW – contributing to the implementation of NRW strategy as a whole and making the activities visible to a wider public.”