Local Renewables Conference


Most of the Conference will take place in Freiburg. Transport  from Freiburg to Basel will be provided for the Study Tours and Reception taking place in Basel on 24 October. Accommodation should be booked in Freiburg.



Freiburg im Breisgau, a vibrant university city in southwest Germany’s Black Forest, is known for its temperate climate and reconstructed medieval old town, crisscrossed by picturesque brooks. In the surrounding highlands, hiking destination Schlossberg hill is linked to Freiburg by a funicular. With a dramatic 116m spire, the Gothic cathedral Freiburg Minster towers over the central square Münsterplatz.

Freiburg is a city for foodies, and not just because of its relaxed Mediterranean vibe. Hearty Baden dishes, locally brewed beer and outstanding regional wines offer a tasty experience for gourmets and hungry travellers alike. Mild temperatures and excellent soil make the Breisgau region one of Europe’s best wine-growing areas.. More information about Freiburg on the Tourism website.



Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centres around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views, and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university houses some of Erasmus’ works.

There are a number of culinary specialties originating in Basel, including Basler Läckerli cookies and Mässmogge candies. Being located in the meeting place between Switzerland, France and Germany the culinary landscape as a whole is very varied and diverse, making it a city with a great number of restaurants of all sorts. More information about Basel on the Tourism website.




Freiburg, bordering two important French and Swiss cities, can be easily reached from most Northern and Central European cities. For more information on details and bookings, please consult the German Railways website (also available in English).



The closest airport to Freiburg is the Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. There is a bus service from the airport, arriving at the Freiburg Main Station. We also recommended to check other airports:



If you come by car, you can park it in the underground parkings or in the authorized areas spread throughout the city.





Please note that the Conference will take place in two different cities and countries; Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland). Due to the Schengen regulations, holders of EU passports or passports of other countries party to the Schengen Agreement can enter both countries without obtaining a visa. Participants from third, non-Schengen, states may require a visa. Please check with your closest consulate or embassy if this applies to you. 



Participants are encouraged to make their travel arrangements in advance. Accomodation should be booked in Freiburg.

You can find more information on how to find accomodation in Freiburg here.

In case you have any further questions, we recommend you to call our colleagues from Freiburg Convention Bureau. They will be happy to assist you. For more information please contact:

Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG
Rathausgasse 33
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 3881 1444
Fax: +49 761 3881 1499
E-Mail: groups@fwtm.de



With its magnificent red façade, the Historisches Kaufhaus, located in the centre of Freiburg’s Old Town, dominates the south side of the Münsterplatz. As a pearl of architecture and of the history of Freiburg, the Historisches Kaufhaus represents one of the most unusual conference sites in the region. 

For more information, visit the Historisches Kaufhaus Website.

Historisches Kaufhaus Freiburg
Münsterplatz 24 
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau



1. When will the registration for the conference open and close?
Registration has been opened on 24 May 2018. We encourage early registration, as the capacity of the event is limited to 150 participants. Once 150 registrations have been received, the registration will be closed. Registrations received after that will be placed on a waiting list. 

2. I have not received the confirmation e-mail after registering. What might be the reason?
2.1  I have registered but not received an automatic email reply:
Please check the spam folder of your email programme. If you cannot find the automatic answer here and have not received any other communication from our side please contact us at lr2018@iclei.org.
2.2 I have received an automatic email but not a final confirmation:
Please understand that the final confirmation may take a few days  to process in some cases. However, if you haven’t received any communication within five working days, please get in contact with us at lr2018@iclei.org.

3. Can I also register directly at the venue in Freiburg?
No, you can only register online.

4. What are the conference fees?
Fees are categorized by the type of organisation you are working for: private businesses: 450 Euros; standard fee (NGOs, public sector, non-profits): 325 Euros; ICLEI Members: 225 Euros; and students 70 Euros. We also have special fees for delegations (3 or more participants from the same organisation) and participants from low income countries.

5. I would like to speak during the conference. Whom should I contact?
If you would like to contribute to the conference, please provide an abstract of your contribution to lr2018@iclei.org. Please note that we might not be able to accommodate all requests.

6. Is interpretation available at the conference?
The conference will be held in English. Interpretation is not available.

7. Do I have to pay for my own hotel and travel expenses?

Yes, if not otherwise indicated to you by the organiser. There are no scholarships or other funding support available.

8. Do I have to pay for travelling from Freiburg to Basel?
No, trips between both cities are included in the registration fee.

9. Will food and drinks be provided during the conference?
Yes, coffee breaks and lunches are included in the registration fee. The cities of Basel and Freiburg are also inviting all participants to evening receptions on 24 and 25 October.

10. I am a participant with reduced mobility, who can I contact for assistance?
If your mobility is reduced or you have any other special needs, please let us know by sending an email to lr2018@iclei.org

11. Are there sponsorship or partnership opportunities?
If you want to sponsor the conference or be a media partner to the conference please contact us at lr2018@iclei.org.



The following material can be used by interested stakeholders, media and public to promote the Local Renewables Conference 2018 on their websites, and social media accounts.



Conference Secretariat
ICLEI European Secretariat
Leopoldring 3

79098 Freiburg,

Tel.: +49 761 368920
E-mail: lr2018@iclei.org
Website: http://local-renewables-conference.org/


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