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Climate Alliance event | 16.10.2023 | Online

Heat action plans: exchange of experience between German and French cities

Time: 14 - 15:30

Heat action plans are becoming increasingly relevant on both sides of the Rhine. In fact, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach announced this year that he wanted to introduce a nationwide heat plan based on the French model. France's national heat plan, in place since 2004, focused primarily on protecting older people. An updated version of the heatwave management plan, presented in early June by Minister of Ecological Change Christophe Béchu, now aims to strengthen adaptation efforts in the face of hot spells across the country.

Municipalities are at the forefront of these problems and are particularly affected by the heat island phenomenon. What options do cities have to implement their own heat action plans ("plans canicule" in French)? What support and challenges are there and which methods have proven to be particularly effective for them? We will discuss these questions together with municipal representatives and experts:

  • Sébastien Douche, Project Manager for Ecological Change at the City and Eurometropolis of Metz.
  • Prof. Dr. Henny Annette Grewe, Head of the project "HAP-DE" (Analysis of Heat Action Plans and Health-related Adaptation Measures to Heat Extremes in Germany), University of Applied Sciences Fulda
  • Alexandra Idler, Climate Adaptation Manager, City of Mannheim
  • Selma Mergner, Climate Adaptation Manager of the City of Worms

Register now!

The online seminar will take place via video conference on Zoom with simultaneous translation in French and German. This event is organised by Climate Alliance and Energy Cities. The city networks Climate Alliance and Energy Cities have been working together for almost 10 years in the framework of TANDEM for the Franco-German energy transition.

Would you like to learn more? Contact Jenny-Claire Keilmann at j-c.keilmann(at)

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