Climate-change-related extreme weather condition, food and water insecurity and the adverse effects of air pollution are just a few of the major pressing urban challenges. The current state of cities proves that the old urban paradigm needs to be changed towards more sustainable, energy- and resource-efficient models in order to tackle present-day challenges threatening the global community.
Within the European Cohesion Policy 2014–2020, Polish municipalities are receiving around EUR 6 billion in structural support for their revitalisation efforts. Due to their scale and complexity, those efforts may create a unique opportunity to enhance the quality of life in Polish cities and minimise the city-related environmental burden or might constitute a lost opportunity and a capital lock-in in unsustainable, emission-intensive solutions.
The overall goal of the project REVIPOWER – energy and resource efficient neighbourhood revitalisation in Polish cities is to unleash the transformative potential of neighbourhood renewals to be developed under the Polish Revitalisation Law and local revitalisation plans by minimising their climate impact and increasing the overall sustainability of Polish cities. This is being achieved by awareness-raising and dissemination of the key thesis from the Discussion Paper issued by adelphi and the Institute of Public Affairs, entitled Enhancing the quality of life in Polish cities with energy- and resource-efficient revitalisation, and by the design of innovative, participatory training on energy- and resource-efficient revitalisation.
REVIPOWER – Model training for energy- and resource-efficient neighbourhood renewals in Polish cities was designed by a Polish–German working group of multi-sectoral experts supported by additional expertise from external specialists. The innovative training materials consist of five independent training modules introducing energy efficiency and resource efficiency as a cross-cutting theme throughout the holistic approach to city renewal. Each module builds on the global and local challenges linked to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as taking into account the socio-economic priorities of Polish municipalities.
The resource- and energy-efficient urban development and re-development paradigm proposed by REVIPOWER builds on three major areas: i) Efficient land use / Sustainable urbanism; ii) Efficient mobility; iii) Efficient buildings and districts