When city twins become climate partners

Arnsberg and its twin city Alba Iulia (Romania) open up new horizons


A long-standing cooperation

Until now, the two cities, officially twinned since 1974, have focused their cooperation on cultural and educational issues.

Now, assisted by Energy Cities, their exchange is stepping up one level and their exchange has got a new dimension: climate and sustainable energy issues have become part of the collaboration.

The ultimate aim: Engage in joint actions

Arnsberg and Alba Iulia have agreed on a climate partnership work plan that includes the planning ahead for a “BEACON Camp for climate action”. This exchange program for city servants will enrich discussions on climate issues. In addition, the cities foresee a climate exchange program in schools and joint actions on sustainable mobility. The camp will take place during the European Mobility Week in 2020.

Alba Iulia and Arnsberg have also shared their knowledge and experience on:

  • using smart technologies,
  • engaging youth and elderly citizens in climate actions,
  • integrating climate issues in city image development,
  • local energy and mobility management as well as air quality monitoring.

The next meeting will take place in Alba Iulia in March 2020.

BEACON aims to reduce political, technical and social barriers to climate action at local and national levels.

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Kristina Dely

Publication date

October 14, 2019