Regional Hubs for Sustainability Strategies (RENN)
The German Bundestag is making 10 million euros available over a period of five years to establish four Regional Hubs for Sustainability Strategies (RENNs). The German Council for Sustainable Development is advancing the establishment of the RENNs. Their aim, according to the National Sustainable Development Strategy, is to “link up the sustainability initiatives at federal, Länder and municipal level supra-regionally” and thus drive vertical integration. A further intended aim of the network points is to establish new forms and forums for sustainable development actors (civil society, academia, busi-ness, local authorities...) to work hand in hand.
The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) has selected suitable organisations and institutions and, to this end, implemented both the suggestions put forward by the Länder and a formal application process. This approach guaranteed the involvement of existing civil society and non-profit organisations with experience in sustainable development projects. RNE has put forward four concepts suitable for funding which will be conducted by DLR, as the responsible project institution, at the instigation of the Federal Chancellery.
The RENNs form a regionally organised information and action platform for sustainable development.
- They connect actors (horizontally and vertically)
- They assist in the sharing and exchange of ideas, innovation, strategies and projects
- They provide impetus for social transformation
- They promote the flow of information between sustainable development actors at municipal, Länder and federal level
Each individual RENN sets its own thematic focal points.
The RENNs will commence their operative work in 2017. Their joint website www.renn-netzwerk.de has been launched in February.
An independent evaluation is scheduled in year four. In preparation for the UN Summit at the heads of state and government level in 2019, we intend to draft a report on how sustainability can be entrenched in society with the support of civil society. Another idea in the pipeline involves organising the third Peer Review on Sustainable Development Policies in 2018. The coherence of the sustainable development strategies at the various levels will be one of the fascinating topics.