Venue: Neues Rathaus (Rathausplatz 2-4), Freiburg, Germany

12:00 - 13:30 Registration & Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Plenary 1 - Setting the scene: local climate and energy action supporting regional economic development

From a local and regional perspective, energy production based on fossil fuels or nuclear energy is  in most cases dependant on imported resources and large energy production facilities (power plants), as well as extensive distribution infrastructure. In addition to negative impacts from greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and nuclear waste, this set up leads to the drain of financial and economic resources from the city or region.

The use of renewable sources, like sunshine, wind and biomass have led to a much more decentralised structure of energy production, bringing about new options for linking up production and consumption and creating local and regional value chains. Today, renewable energy is central to many concepts for a more sustainable and resilient local and regional economy, involving citizens not only as consumers but also as investors and producers, thereby keeping and sharing the economic profits within the region.

At present there is an increasing number of initiatives providing knowledge, experience and practical support for local and regional governments engaging in local climate and energy action linked with renewable energy and regional economic development strategies. This session will give prominence to a selection of territorial climate and energy actions, showcasing  a range of interesting approaches by cities and regions that have integrated sustainability and economic viability in their strategies and actions.


  • Prof. Dr. Martin Haag - Deputy Mayor fore Regional Planning and Urban Development, City of Freiburg (Germany)
  • Holger Robrecht - Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI Europe  {presentation}

Facilitator: Holger Robrecht - Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI Europe          


  • Tae-Young Young -  Mayor, City of Suwon (Republic of Korea) {presentation}

  • Prof. Dr. Nevila Xhindi - Deputy Mayor, City of Tirana (Albania) and Network Energy Efficient Cities (NEEC)  {presentation}
  • Ted Petith - Advisor for Sustainability Planning, City of Madison (USA) {presentation}


14:30 - 18:00 Study tours in Lörrach

Transportation to the different locations will be organised and coordinated by the Local Renewables Conference Team.

Tour 1: A view of Lörrach’s local energy production and distribution from the cycle path

Participants will have the opportunity to take a cycle tour of the different renewable energy plants located throughout Lörrach (e.g. thin-film solar cells, small hydroelectric plant, bio mass and district heating).

This bike tour will also show participants how the City of Lörrach and its partners have  innovatively replaced carsharing vehicles by e-cars. These are available at the intermodal transport hub at the city main station, and 2-3 public charging stations are also available to citizens and visitors.

Tour 2: Good practices of regional cooperation to take advantage of energy transition

Learn how to boost investments in regional energy by using local sources instead of importing fossil fuel from abroad. Participants will visit the geothermal power plant in Lörrach’s Swiss neighbour municipality, Riehen, which delivers district heating across the border to Lörrach. They will also be able to see how the public-private-partnership between the City of Lörrach, a regional car sharing company and the regional energy supplier Naturenergie is helping to develop e-mobility. The last stop of this study tour will be the factory of Consolar, a local company which produces innovative solar thermal systems and heat pumps

18:30 Welcome reception in Lörrach  

Enjoy Lörrach over a glass of wine & canapés at the Architektur Werkraum Schöpflin.

Franz-Ehret-Straße 7
79541 Lörrach-Brombach

Transportation to the different hotels in Freiburg will be organised and coordinated by the Local Renewables Conference Team.