Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar GmbH (MRN GmbH)
The aim of the MRN is to further develop the region economically, socially and environmentally, working in close cooperation with partners and the other regional organisations to become a pioneer of energy efficiency and renewable energy within Europe by 2020.
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Why we are involved in COOPENERGY
COOPENERGY provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and good practice models, encouraging mutual learning and sharing across borders. We want to support this process by fulfilling our function as a European Metropolitan Region, whilst being able to contribute to accelerating the national energy revolution in Germany.
What we want to achieve from COOPENERGY
We want to strengthen our competitiveness within Europe in the sustainable energy sector through building up international networks, as well as gaining an insight into energy concepts and collaboration models throughout Europe.
We hope to contribute innovative approaches and collaboration models, good practice in citizens’ engagement and participation and structures for an efficient stakeholder dialogue.
As a first step towards improving how we deliver sustainable energy action plans in partnership across the MRN, we undertook an online questionnaire among our communities/counties and asked about the status of local SEAPs and energy related activities as well as collaboration needs. It showed the willingness for collaboration with the Region, but also the need of Know-How and personnel capacities to conduct certain activities at local level. These results were presented at a MLG Forum with representatives of the Region, the local level, energy cooperatives and energy agencies. To read the full review of our sustainable energy planning in the MRN, sign in to the collaboration platform now.
The next step was committing relevant actors to deliver a number of key targets within our plan and to start local working groups such as the one of the citizen’s energy cooperatives, which was initiated at the end of 2013.
A series of events called “EnergieWendeMRN” offered several workshops for local climate protection managers. They meet on topics like “Municipal Energy Management”, “Reuse of waste water heat”, “Energy-efficient procurement in public administration”, “Activation of citizens in jointly implemented climate protection measures” and more.
In order to intensify the dialogue and the discussion on the potential of active climate protection the honorary office of the Energy Ambassador has been set up as a link between citizens, economy and administration. Moreover, a competition called “Citizens’EnergyIdeas was launched, looking for energy ideas that referred to the public grid, district heating, the use of renewable energies and cogeneration plants.
The Regional Conference Energy & Environment has become the largest regional event in the energy section. The conference is a platform for information exchange and gives impulses when it comes to the presentation of new developments. Regional actors from economy science and politics come together for networking and for forming new cooperations.
The participation from local authorities, companies and energy ambassadors together with the regional public authority has produced many fruitful exchanges. Because of that, we could say that the target to promote the activities was really further advanced. Additional working group meetings are planned for the future.
For further information on sustainable energy activities in the MRN, please visit as well our German website.
The Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on climate protection with two of its counties (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis), which themselves have signed MoCs with their communities to ensure effective cooperation in implementing the SEAPs at different levels. To work hand in hand, avoid duplication and using synergy effects, this innovative approach of MLG creates a win-win situation for all participants.