IFOK is currently collaborating with the Leipzig Institute for Energy to develop the Integrated Energy and Climate Strategy for the Federal State of Thüringen. IFOK designed and implemented a comprehensive participatory process to engage the broader public, municipalities, civil society and the private sector in developing concrete measures and implementable pathways to meet Thüringen’s energy and climate goals.
IFOK’s work began in 2017 with an expert report—detailing potential greenhouse gas emissions reductions across all sectors in Thüringen. From this, a draft was developed of concrete implementation measures to serve as the starting point for dialogue with key stakeholders and the broader public throughout the participatory process.
Implementation measures cover seven climate action areas: energy supply, private sector, transportation, buildings, residential sector, land use/agriculture, public sector. They framed strategic direction and instruments from energy efficiency to on-site solar use to funding support for bike transportation.
Multiple phases of the participatory process allowed for the implementation measures to be reviewed and consolidated from a variety of key perspectives. The process included two expert workshops, a series of workshops for specific target groups—municipalities, private sector and youth—and an online platform for participation from the broader public. The broader public was further engaged for a week at the Thüringen Horticulture Show, where visitors could to gain information and evaluate the proposed implementation measures.
The feedback from each format are consolidated to inform strategy revisions. The resulting draft integrated energy and climate strategy serves is then handed off to the Thüringen State Government to serve as the basis for consideration and formal approval.
Further information and graphics are available (in German) at: www.klimastrategie-thueringen.de