REVIPOWER at a glance

REVIPOWER at a glance

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  


REVIPOWER project leader:

adelphi is a leading independent think-tank and consulting company specialising in public policy relating to climate protection, the environment and sustainable development. Our mission is to develop a global governance system through research, dialogue and advisory services. We offer tailored support services in the field of sustainable development to governments, international institutions, businesses and non-governmental organisations to prepare strategies that take into account global challenges.

REVIPOWER project partners:

The Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” is a non-governmental non-profit organisation that since 1994 has worked with local governments to shape local energy policy. The association’s members include cities and municipalities from all over Poland, with further contributing members such as associations and private companies. The association belongs to the European Network of “Energy Cities” based in Besançon, France. Since 2009, the association has also been Poland’s first Supporting Organisation to the “Covenant of Mayors”.

The Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO e.V.) is a non-governmental organisation established in 2001 and headquartered in Berlin. It brings together private and public partners from Germany and abroad who are striving for marketable, sustainable, and ecologically and socially profitable development in the housing sector and construction industry in Eastern Europe (EU and beyond), the Caucasus and Central Asia, where it supports the sustainable development of towns and cities to improve housing conditions and living conditions in the regions. With its 25 members and partners, the IWO forms a European network of experts and is part of several major European networks; it actively supports partnerships and stakeholder cooperation in Germany and the regions in which it runs projects, including private and public companies and organisations, as well as engaged individuals and experts.

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) foundation, established in 1995, is a leading Polish think-tank, and an independent research and analysis centre. Through research, expert opinions and recommendations on fundamental issues of public life, the institute serves citizens, society and the state. The IPA works with experts and researchers from Polish and foreign research centres. Research projects results are presented at conferences and seminars and published in books, reports and announcements, and disseminated among Members of Parliament and senators, and members of government and administration, as well as in academic circles and among journalists and non-governmental organisations. The IPA operates internationally as a member of many networks and associations. The Institute is a founding member of PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society), which brings together 41 think-tanks from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.