Climate protection in NRW

The industrial and coal-producing state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is moving forward. With Germany's first comprehensive climate protection law, the federal state has set ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In a broad-ranging discussion between all groups of society, a climate protection plan, containing specific strategies and measures, is to be developed to regulate how these goals can be achieved. IFOK has designed the participation process and will be supporting this as a moderator, advisor and coordinator.


In order to develop a climate protection plan and agree this with the main groups of actors, six working groups were set up, each with 40 representatives from associations, companies, politics and civil society. Each working group develops strategies and measures for climate protection in one sector: Transformation, industry, construction, transport, agriculture or private households.

As well as climate protection, specific measures for adjusting to climate change are to be developed. This is performed in the specialist forums 'Urbane Räume' (urban areas), 'Ländliche Räume' (rural areas), 'Gewerbe' (trade) and 'Information, Bildung, Netzwerk' (information, education, networking).


A coordination group made up of key actors from all the working groups bundles interim results and discusses possible content-related overlaps or conflicting aims.

In a second phase, the participation process is then broadened. Based on the technical preliminary work in the working groups, citizens, municipalities and companies will be given the opportunity to contribute their appraisals and suggestions regarding the recommendations in target-group-specific event formats. The climate protection plan will then finally be voted on by the Landtag (state parliament).

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