Ambitious municipalities shape European climate dialogue
Do you want to put your city on a sustainable path? Get inspired and join the EUKI-project ‘Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)’ with other European municipal representatives. Applications from municipalities for the 3-year project are now accepted.
Municipalities are a driving force for the transformation of their country. Across Europe, thousands of them have already taken steps to shift towards clean energy production, promote sustainable mobility, increase energy savings or reduce air pollution – often in the context of local energy and climate action plans.
Are you looking for sustainable solutions for the development of your municipality, yet face obstacles to realize your ideas? The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) just launched a three-year project to promote cross-border dialogue as well as knowledge and experience exchange. Municipalities from Germany, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and further develop their actions on the ground.
There will be several opportunities to learn and develop your projects:
- Transnational workshops with peers and experts will give you new impetus for your actions in the field of sustainable mobility, renewable energies, energy efficiency and other relevant topics.
- One-on-one coaching and advisory services by local experts will equip you with technical and process-related skills related to the development and implementation of local low-emission measures.
- Town twinnings will strengthen the community spirit and make project development in climate action a common task.
- Two European municipal conferences will bring together representatives from the local, regional and national levels to discuss strategies and approaches for climate action and the role of municipalities transnationally and to network with European peers in a constructive atmosphere.
- In addition, municipalities will have the opportunity to develop solutions to reduce the energy bills of schools, in dialog with other European schools.
Are you interested in discovering new approaches for a lively city with a higher quality of life? Send your application by July 6, 2018.
The 2018 Call for Project Ideas concluded on March 16, 2018.
The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. It does so through strengthening across-border dialogue and cooperation as well as exchange of knowledge and experience.
Specifically, projects supported within the EUKI need to contribute to the following objectives:
- Strengthening knowledge and awareness raising in order to encourage climate protection and the ecological, social and economic opportunities connected with climate action
- Fostering the exchange of good practices, transfer of knowledge and experience and building of networks in order to support transformative processes and favorable framework conditions for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
- Building a bridge to EU programmes through capacity building as well as concept and project development to leverage European funds into innovative and progressive climate action
Target groups of individual bilateral and multilateral measures are governments, municipalities, civil society, consumers and businesses. The primary focus will be on collaborating with Central, Eastern and Southern EU member states.
The EUKI is based on two pillars: The first pillar consists of BMU tenders along main policy priorities. The second pillar consists of financing of projects selected based on a competition for project ideas submitted by non-profit organisations.
22 EUKI projects were selected in the 2017 Call for Project Ideas.
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