Published on: 14. May 2024

PlanTieFEn project: Participatory planning laboratory in the Ruhr region to support the energy transition

Despite widespread approval of the energy transition in Germany, there is often strong regional and local resistance. What are the reasons for this – and how can conflicts be resolved constructively? The PlanTiefeN project “PlanTieFEn – Transdisciplinary integration of regional and socio-cultural factors in the planning of local energy transition measures” is addressing these questions. In a participatory planning laboratory on May 7, 2024 in the focus region of the city and district of Unna and Dortmund, the focus was therefore on regional aspects such as regional characteristics, the identification of identity features and social requirements for planning processes. At the event, representatives from politics, administration, business and civil society discussed which locations they consider to be characteristic of the region and which appear particularly unsuitable or suitable for renewable energies. The planning lab is one of several that are being carried out in selected model regions as part of the project.

Insights into the participatory planning laboratory in Dortmund (© Öko-Institut / IKEM)

We would like to thank all participants on behalf of the project team for their participation and their willingness to support us in our project.

The PlanTieFEn project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weith
Phone: +49 (0) 231 9051-252

Sarah Friese
Phone: + 49 (0) 231 9051-150

Jonas Marschall
Phone: +49 (0) 231 9051-271

Modified on: 14. May 2024