Revipower: Energy and resource efficient neighbourhood revitalisation in Polish cities

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Within the European Cohesion policy 2014 – 2020, Polish municipalities will receive around PLN 25 billion (nearly EUR 6 billion) structural support for their revitalization effort through 5 national and 16 regional programs. Those investments – due to their scale and complexity – create a unique opportunity to enhance the energy and the resource efficiency of Polish cities and deliver a substantial reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants in Poland.

Although sustainable development, incl. energy- and resource efficiency, is defined by the Partnership Agreement signed between Poland and the European Commission as horizontal criteria for every investment conducted under the current structural funding (2014-2020), so far, revitalization projects have mainly followed a socio-economic goal only. The low-emission transition, air pollution challenges, and energy efficiency are mentioned in major Polish strategical documents; yet these aspects are not included in the section on revitalization. This, in turn, sheds uncertainty on the local revitalization implementation processes. In the long term, the lack of prominence and concrete provisions for energy- and resource efficiency may lock Polish cities in unsustainable development patterns and infrastructures.

REVIPOWER addresses this discrepancy: The overarching goal of the project is to use the strengthening of the sustainability component to exploit the interdisciplinary transformative potential of urban renewal in cities, while fulfilling the criteria of the EU Structural Funds. Within the REVIPOWER framework, adelphi together with selected Polish municipalities and key players will examine the added value of resource-efficient revitalization and deliver : - a Discussion Paper to place the resource efficient revitalization into the heart of the debate in Poland as well as - design an innovative, participatory "open-source" training concept which will be available to wide range of municipal authorities in Poland. Last but not least, the training will also cover issues that are to help Polish cities and other key players to implement projects in the sense of EU cohesion policy.

adelphi creates model training for and with Polish municipalities to meet their structural needs. The project partners Polish Network Energy Cités (PNEC) and the "Wohenungswirtschaft Osteuropa e.V. (IWO)" ensure the highest professional quality of training materials are its accessibility to a wider range of municipalities. In a pilot implementation, the developed training model will be subjected to a practical test during the preliminary workshop, then verified, and finalized.

The project is co-funded by The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt ( DBU) and The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) a new project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for theEnvironment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).