As they do so, they take on the role of all-round talent, serving as project managers, informers and facilitators. They initiate and coordinate climate action projects, assist with funding applications, involve and connect relevant stakeholders from government, administration and industry, and perform public relations and marketing work. And their work does not stop there: climate managers are also responsible for developing and revising climate action strategies and plans, for reporting to political bodies and for conducting energy consumption and carbon footprint assessments. They require sound knowledge and expertise in matters concerning climate change, climate action and climate change adaptation, as well as technical knowledge and expertise with regard to analyses and statistics.
Support from the Service and Competence Centre: Local Government Climate Action (SK:KK)
To ensure that municipalities are able to exploit their climate action potential to the full, the Federal Environment Ministry published the Local Authorities Guideline (Kommunalrichtlinie) to support them in their climate action activities. Under the Guideline’s provisions, up to 65 percent of municipalities’ material and staffing costs can be assumed. And an additional amount of up to 20,000 euros maximum can be allocated to cover the costs incurred in public relations work, expenditure on training and further education, and travel expenses.
The more municipal climate managers communicate with one another in respect of their strategies, measures and the progress made, the better local climate action can be practised on a much broader scale. This is where the Service and Competence Centre: Local Government Climate Action (Service- und Kompetenzzentrum: Kommunaler Klimaschutz (SK:KK)) comes in, with a new mentoring programme that enables climate managers to benefit from their colleagues’ knowledge and expertise. The main focus of the programme is to provide advice on process and methodology-related matters. Questions that come up in the mentoring programme include things like how municipal budget planning works, how to write a good press release and setting the right priorities in the first 100 days in the job.
The Service and Competence Centre also organises a range of specialist events, both regional and superregional, at which climate managers can enter into dialogue, exchange views and experience and learn from one another. In specially designed webinars, the Centre also provides information needed in respect of the modalities involved in completing and submitting funding applications.