French-German cooperation for local energy transition


The simultaneous implementation of the “Transition énergétique” process in France and of the “Energiewende” process in Germany has resulted in the signature of a number of cooperation agreements between the two States. Since both these energy transition processes are largely based on decentralising energy supplies, close local authority cooperation looks promising.

The TANDEM project is jointly led by two local authority networks, Energy Cities and Klima-Bündnis, with co-funding from ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) and UBA (German Federal Environment Agency). 

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TANDEM objectives

The TANDEM project provides French and German local authorities with a unique opportunity to share information and cooperate on climate protection issues in order to:

  • provide improved mutual understanding of the situation, challenges and framework of climate and energy policies;
  • encourage exchanges on the obstacles and leverages impeding or fostering the attainment of ambitious energy and climate objectives and encourage knowledge transfer;
  • boost close cooperation between local authorities from both countries, involving local stakeholders and citizens;
  • implement the first stages of cooperation projects during the lifetime of the TANDEM project and lay solid foundations for long-term cooperation;
  • relay local authorities’ claims and concerns at both national and European levels, aimed at providing them with greater latitude and freedom of action.

Project phases

1. Mutual learning
Approaches specific to each country have been developed to promote energy transition at the local level. A comparative analysis of existing practices, tools and experiences involving research work and interviews will be conducted and made available to the participating authorities as well as to national organisations. This analysis will be used by national organisations to develop and enhance their action and by local authorities to improve mutual understanding during their discussions.

2. Launch and implementation of French-German cooperation projects 
Cooperation projects aimed at implementing energy transition between French and German local authorities and involving local stakeholders (property developers, municipal companies, energy cooperatives, etc.) and businesses will be initiated and developed. A distinction is made between “cooperation projects” involving 2 to 6 partners (via existing twinning programmes or contacts) and “cross-border projects” involving Alsace/Baden-Württemberg or Lorraine/Saarland/Rhineland-Palatinate. Partner local authorities will benefit from information on support and cooperation programmes as well as on existing financing schemes.

3. Dissemination of contents and project results
Project progress and results will be disseminated on a continuous basis. An important part of the project will be dedicated to communicating its results to partner local authorities so as to arouse their interest in ongoing projects and, if possible, encourage them to join them. A closing seminar will be held to present the results of the project to a wider audience of local authorities and energy transition stakeholders from both countries.
At the same time, and as part of the Covenant of Mayors, recommendations will be made to improve energy and climate policies at both national and European levels.


Funding program


Energy Cities


  • KEA (Energy and Climate protection Agency of Bade-Wurtemberg)
  • the French-German Institute (dfi)
  • Umwelt Bundesamt