French-German cooperation for local energy transition

Since 2014, the TANDEM project has supported the formation of Franco-German partnerships for climate protection. Influenced by political decisions in both countries, many municipal actors then expressed their wish to tackle the challenges of the energy transition / Energiewende together. In cooperation projects at the municipal level they seek solutions through an exchange of knowledge and experience.

How does a TANDEM partnership look like?

In concrete terms, a TANDEM partnership works as follows: first and foremost, there is the exchange of experience and knowledge between the partners on both sides of the Rhine. In addition, joint projects are implemented, such as school projects (construction of models for thermal insulation, wind turbines, installation of photovoltaic panels), thermographic walks, a Franco-German escape game on the subject of adaptation to climate change, the comparison of renovation and urban development strategies or an energy advisory bus.

Franco-German Energy Transition Week

To deepen the Franco-German exchange, the TANDEM initiative has initiated the Franco-German Energy Transition Week in 2019. During one week in January 2019, participating cities from France and Germany jointly conducted large-scale, easy-to-implement and successful climate protection campaigns. The event was repeated in 2021.

TANDEM objectives

  • 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;
  • relay local authorities’ claims and concerns at both national and European levels, aimed at providing them with greater latitude and freedom of action.

The TANDEM projects and the German-French Energy Transition Week have so far been coordinated and implemented by the city networks Energy Cities and Climate Alliance and have been funded by the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU) and ADEME. The public funding of Franco-German projects on climate protection reflects the motivation and commitment of the actors involved.


Energy Cities staff involved
Funding program



Energy Cities


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

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Results 2014-2016 / Outlook 2017-2019

In France as in Germany, the motivation to implement the energy transition is strong. In both countries, economic growth and CO2 emissions are currently closely linked. TANDEM proposes to the institutions of both countries to create a club of local authorities on both sides of the Rhine, and to be a pioneer in the implementation of joint projects. The two countries are thus moving closer to their national and European objectives.