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DOCAP 2020 - Dortmund climate action programme 2020

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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From the very beginning of drafting of the Dortmund Climate Action Programme 2020 (DOCAP), the City of Dortmund has helped people affected by problems to become an active part of the solution. Dortmund has fostered a culture of participation by creating a ‘Civil Society and Citizens’ Interests’ Department’ at the Mayor’s Office, thus offering up even more opportunities to actively shape the community. Operations in this department include, among others, the ombudsperson’s office for citizens’ initiatives and citizens’ interests and the consultation circle for energy efficiency and climate protection (KEK) management group. Bringing these tasks together under one roof improved communications among the stakeholders whilst compiling ‘DOCAP’, so that there was a powerful multiplier and dissemination effect as well as increased transparency and acceptance of the process. Joining the Climate Alliance in 1993 saw the city commit itself to minimising its CO2 emissions at a very early stage. The City Administration’s efforts are also supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and companies. Climate protection was recognised as a long-term challenge and has continued to be a component of the participation and planning culture. Since the land use plan was restructured in 2002, integrated city district development concepts (Integrierte Stadtentwicklungskonzepte (InSEKts)) are regularly set up and updated with extensive public participation. The events organised in this context have reached a total of 20,000 citizens. During this process, their suggestions and contributions led to 800 changes being made.

The elected City Council’s climate protection concept from 1996 was followed by regular CO2 reports, which were used as a control instrument. In 2007, a council resolution was passed for extended measures with more stringent targets. Only coordinated interaction between politics, administration, citizens, businesses and science, together with the voluntary groups and associations who are active in this field, can achieve effective climate protection on such a large scale. KEK was established as a key instrument in taking responsibility for the coordination and communication of the individual components. Established monitoring and management systems, such as the ECORegio Tool for CO2 reporting, the European Energy Award and membership of the EU Covenant of Mayors with the Sustainable Energy Action Plan have ensured that the process can be controlled comprehensively.

‘DOCAP 2020’ means that the necessary analytical basis has been worked out, that a defined plan for measures has been developed for the next 10 years and that numerous stakeholders in the city have been identified, including those who are involved in implementing the measures for their own interests. The potential savings to be made by means of relevant climate protection measures have been specified, and the main activities required of all the groups of stakeholders who are responsible for greenhouse gases in Dortmund have been defined.

Award info
Award category: opening up the public sector
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery
Type of activity:
Keywords: Civil society and citizens interests, public relations work, culture of participation, Dortmund Climate Action Programme 2020, Consultation Circle for Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection (KEK), participative structures, location development.
Short English description: The potential savings to be made by means of relevant climate protection measures have been specified, and the main activities required of all the groups of stakeholders who are responsible for greenhouse gases in Dortmund have been defined.
Further information
Organisation: City of Dortmund
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://umweltamt.dortmund.de/project/assets/template3.jsp?content=wu&smi=24.0&tid=99969
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Germany
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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DOCAP 2020 - Dortmund climate action programme 2020 (51.51123, 7.46549)
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