Climate Protection Guideline

The origin of the BMU project "Updating the climate change guidelines for municipalities" is the need to give municipalities a guide to action for local climate protection, which is currently experiencing a renaissance. The main basis is the guide "Climate protection in municipalities" (1997), which had been developed by DIFU and IFEU on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. Due to the many developments since then the guide has been completely revised and the new working methods and situations adapted to the local municipalities.

Work Packages:

The guide consists of three different modules that were each created by one of the project partners.

Part 1: Monitoring the climate protection work (DIFU): The municipalities receive basic information on climate protection issues and further service offers.

Part 2: Development of climate protection concepts (ifeu): Here a tool is given to municipalities that enables them to work independently. This tool enables the appointment and monitoring of third parties as well as the further development of climate policies, including making CO2 balances available.

Part 3: Development of action guidelines (Climate Alliance): Concrete recommendations in the form of transferable provisions are made available to the municipalities.

The guide published in 1997 was thoroughly revised in terms of content and structure as a result of the brisk demand from municipalities throughout the Federal Republic of Germany. It thereby was supplemented by current priorities and fields of action. The new guideline (2011) also contains numerous current practical examples which are intended to motivate imitation or own activities in municipal climate protection.


January 2009 – December 2011


Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
UBA - Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency)


DIFU – Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik Köln

Climate Alliance Frankfurt


The guideline (in German) can be downloaded here

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