Cities in action: Masterplan Energy Transition, Dortmund

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Our latest case study looks at Dortmund, which has responded to Germany's energy revolution with a city-wide consultation process involving citizens, scientists, the energy industry and the business and political communities.

Germany's decision to shut down all nuclear power stations by 2022 and switch from fossil and nuclear to renewable power and greater energy efficiency presented a challenge for the whole country. In Dortmund, the city organised a series of workshops to explore this transition together with citizens and other stakeholders. This was part of Dortmund's Masterplan Energy Transition, where stakeholders were invited to share their ideas, experiences and visions for the city. 

More than 400 people got involved in these workshops, to explore the risks, threats and opportunities of issues such as energy education, energy poverty and climate change. This helped citizens to understand the connections between the issues being discussed and their everyday lives, which helped to promote a change in attitude and behaviour.

The discussions led to a number of projects which were then assessed by an advisory committee. Thirty of the 215 projects put forward so far have been implemented, and many more will follow. One project which has been implemented is a mobile app for young people to learn about the benefits of renewable energy. Another project is helping companies jointly analyse energy issues in the supply chain, to find more efficient ways of producing, transporting, storing and selling goods.

As well as these outputs, the Masterplan Energy Transition process has helped create a culture of discourse and consensus-building in the city. It has also had a number of unexpected benefits. Find out more in our case study here.