Słubice community participating in the SEMS project is situated in the river-basin of the Oder in the western part of poland in Lubuskie voyvodship. Słubice is the border town between the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany (the twin town of Frankfurt/Oder), it has been a separate town for 52 years. The situation of Słubice is favorable to conduct bilateral international cooperation. The area of the town is 19,2 km2 and the population is about 17 thousand inhabitants (taking into consideration the dwellers it grows periodically up to twenty thousands). The structure of population of the community is typical for Poland: the town states 90% of the population, the rest live in the villages, whose inhabitants deal mainly with agriculture on small farms. Taking into account the building structure of the town apart from pre-war 2- to 4-storeyed buildings there are concrete blocks of flats from the beginning of the 70’s as well as single-family homes.

For SEMS an Energy Change Manager is employed, who is in charge of the implementation of CONCERTO activities, e.g. awareness raising measures regarding energy efficiency and renewable energies. He is the key person to be contacted by the citizens. 

One main aspect of the Polish communities is the switchover of the district heating system from coal to (mainly) biomass, combined with solar systems. This sets a national standard for local sustainable energy systems, and sets out development paths for other Polish communities and other countries to follow, in particular those in the same region or in areas with similar geographical conditions.
Biomass potential is substantial in Poland, but it will only be exploitable with proper local management ensuring sufficient and efficient supply chains. This has the potential to lead to a real national renewable energy sources – achievements of heating targets and providing new inputs to climate protection on a European scale. The use of renewables in Poland is still at a low level and the CONCERTO initiative is an opportunity to study good practice.
The key element of the project is the effective management of the energy system. For the SEMS project, the Energy Change Manager is a new professional figure, who is in charge of the implementation of the activities. The main task of these professionals consisting of partners is raising awareness concerning energy efficiency and renewable energies among citizens, as well as making citizen relationship.
Measures to improve buildings' energy performance integrated with deployment of renewable energies are supported by different financing mechanisms: regional (such as environmental protection funds), national (including thermo-modernisation funds) and European funds. The CONCERTO community is going to be rational and effective in receiving and using financial support.

Energy Change Manager
Daniel Szurka, UrzÄ…d Miejski w SÅ‚ubicach; ul.Akademicka 1, 69-100 SÅ‚ubice, Poland, email:

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