Climate Action Guidelines

Climate Action in Municipalities – revised guidelines

The Climate Action in Municipalities (Klimaschutz in Kommunen) guidelines, originally published in 1997 by the German Insititute of Urban Affiars (Difu) in cooperation with the Institute for Energy and Environment (ifeu) and the Office of Municipal and Regional Planning (Büro für Kommunal- und Regionalplanung), are being reworked, updated and expanded for a second time.

The first revision, published in May 2011 and carried out by Climate Alliance and ifeu under the leadership of Difu, contained both structural and content-based updates. The 2011 revision was a complete success and experienced high demand by municipalities across Germany and the German-speaking world. No longer available in print, the guidelines are now being revised for a second time with Climate Alliance’s support to ensure that municipalities continue to have a compact and up-to-date resource for municipal climate action. The guidebook lends itself well to municipal decision makers and administrative staff working to implement climate action in their localities.
Project funding period: April 2015 – March 2019
via the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as part of the German National Climate Protection Initiative

Want to learn more? Contact Carsten Kuhn at c.kuhn(at) (in German)