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TWINS | Conference Ruhr

The TWINS Conference Ruhr - Cities in Climate Change is co-organized by the Ruhr Regional Association, the KlimaExpo.NRW and the European Green Capital 2017, the City of Essen. Each partner is responsible for the planning, organization and implementation of one of the three days of the event.

Ruhr Metropolis, Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 – Essen is all of these things. And this year, Essen is the European Green Capital. The successful history of its transformation to the greenest city in North Rhine-Westphalia provides a role model of structural change for many cities in Europe. Essen has transformed from the pre-industrial convent with its abbess gardens and emperor parks to a pulsating coal and steel town to today’s metropolis with a green heart. Throughout this process, Essen has been and is being carried into its green future by good ideas, sustainable urban planning, and the commitment of members of the public, modern companies, and innovative institutions.

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The Ruhr Regional Association (RVR), situated in Essen, is the regional hub of the 11 independent cities and four districts of the Ruhr Metropolitan Area with approx. 5.1 million inhabitants. The Ruhr Regional Association is responsible for the regional planning of the Ruhr region. It is the sponsor of significant infrastructure projects such as the Industrial Heritage Trail and the Emscher Landscape Park. With klimametropole RUHR 2022 (KMR), the RVR established a regional umbrella brand uniting businesses, associations and institutions, clubs as well as all citizens of the Ruhr Metropolitan Area in a joint mission to turn climate protection into a vital issue for each and every individual.

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The KlimaExpo.NRW is a climate change initiative from the North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) state government. In order to harness the transformation of the energy system, climate protection and the necessary adaptations to the impacts of climate change as driving forces for sustainable development in business and society, the state government created KlimaExpo.NRW. The aim of the state-based initiative is to present successful projects in innovative formats to a wide audience right up to the international level and to initiate further commitment to climate protection. The purpose of KlimaExpo.NRW is to present the technological and economic potential of North Rhine-Westphalia in this area. It is both an exhibition of performance potential and a laboratory for new ideas for NRW as a location, not only in one place and on one day, but rather throughout the state all the way through to 2022. In 2017, the interim presentation of KlimaExpo.NRW will take place across the whole of NRW. The state-based initiative receives the funds to implement this presentation from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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