Conference programme

Climate Alliance is happy to provide both its members and other interested parties a rich programme from 18 - 20 October. Below you will find an overview of our offers as well as session specifics. A complete overview of the Grafting Cities conference week is available at

Climate Alliance offers

For programme details, click on the conference day:
Wednesday, 18 October  | Thursday, 19 October | Friday, 20 October

Wednesday, 18 October 2023

18 October, 9:00 – 11:00 | Laboratorio Aperto Modena | (DE)
Working Group Policy Germany
The WG acts as a political advocacy group for the German Climate Alliance members. In this workshop, the working group will discuss the topic of cimate action and climate adaptation as a mandatory municipal task as well as the German Heat Planning Act. Want to participate? Contact Svenja Schuchmann at s.schuchmann(at) to register and join the discussion!

18 October, 15:00 – 18:00 | Laboratorio Aperto Modena | (DE | EN)
Make your voice heard at the 2023 Climate Alliance General Assembly
Help shape our network and take part in our annual general assembly! Learn more about our activities throughout the past year as well as our plans for the future! Get involved in the future direction of our network and make your vote count!

The general assembly will also be streamed online.

Programme details for Thursday, 19 October | Friday, 20 October



Thursday, 19 October 2023

19 October, 10:00 – 13:00 | Chiesa di San Carlo, Modena | (DE | EN | IT | FR)
The local level in the spotlight
After a short welcome, two interactive discussion panels with representatives from the EU and the local level will shed light on the question of how we can shape our common future:

  • Cultivating transformation: Cities setting climate action in motion
    Transformation at the local level is in full swing. How has the role of municipalities changed in the process? What legal and financial framework conditions are necessary and what instruments are helpful?
  • Revealing the invisible: Cultivating a just transition
    Climate action must both address and involve everyone. But how can we ensure social policy that supports our climate goals? How can citizens' assemblies or energy communities help? And what can we do to fight energy poverty?

19 October, 15:00 – 17:00 | Camera di Commercio Modena | (EN)
Dive into our workshop space!
Four workshops, four topics. You choose!

  • Workshop A: Rewriting the adaptation narrative
    Implementing participatory approaches to adaptation and identifying the benefits can be challenging. In this interactive workshop we will take a look at the issue from the perspectives of nature, finance, business and health – and rewrite the narrative together.
    Draft agenda
  • Workshop B: Shaping our built environment
    High quality, targeted communication and careful urban planning are key considerations for municipal players looking to retrofit old buildings and develop new areas. Come with your challenges and get advice from peers in this interactive workshop!
    Draft agenda
  • Workshop C: Municipal solutions for energy poverty
    Energy poverty is increasingly in the spotlight, but what can cities and towns do about it? Involving energy-poor citizens and enabling municipal staff on the road to a socially just energy transition is of the essence. Join the discussion and get inspired by real solutions!
    Draft agenda
  • Workshop D: Real answers versus false solutions
    Avoiding dead-ends and taking real climate responsibility instead – Climate Alliance's new Climate Fund, the introduction of a local CO2 price and a focus on decentralised renewables instead of a large-scale hydrogen economy make this possible. Let's discuss together!
    Draft agenda

19 October, 17:00 – 19:00 | Camera di Commercio Modena | (EN)
Focus Group Discussion: Visualising building energy performance
Attention municipalities and energy agencies: with this event we want to better understand municipal needs when it comes to making energy efficiency in buildings visible. The event is part of the CrossCert project, which is developing recommendations to improve the accuracy and usability of energy performance certificates. A limited number of participants will also have the chance to have their trip to Modena sponsored (requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis).

Interested? Then register here.
Please note that registration for the focus group discussion is not via the general conference registration, but exclusively via the link provided here.

Programme details for Wednesday, 18 October  | Friday, 20 October


Friday, 20 October 2023

20 Oktober, 10:00 – 12:00 | Laboratorio Aperto Modena | (EN)
Learn & Share
Want to learn from like-minded people and share experiences? Then you've come to the right place! You can visit a variety of clusters on topics such as sustainable mobility, fighting energy poverty, approaches to climate adaptation, sustainable buildings and climate action partnerships. Exchange ideas on these and other topics over a cappuccino and a typical Italian breakfast! Come by, ask your questions and gain inspiration for your work. Want to share your own experiences from your city or town? We want to hear from you! Just let us know via the registration from!

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served as a part of this session.

20 October, 12:00  – approx. 14:00 | Modena | (EN)
Explore Modena with one of our tours!
Whether by foot or by bike – choose from a total of four tours.

  • Tour 1: Touristisc city walk
    Get to know the highlights of this Italian city!
  • Tour 2: Sustainable mobility in Modena
    Cycle with us to the Diagonale Verde, Modena's green bicycle crossing!
  • Tour 3: Urban regeneration
    Visit urban regeneration projects throughout Modena with us!
  • Tour 4: Tour of the Acetaia Communale
    Taste the beauty of Modena and learn more about balsamic vinegar production!

Please note that registration for the tours is initially only an expression of interest. Final confirmation will be sent to all interested participants shortly before the conference.

Programme details for Wednesday, 18 October  | Thursday, 19 October

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