EUKI Newsletter

EUKI Newsletter

Date: 7 January 2021

Dear EUKI Friends and Colleagues, 

Happy New Year from the entire team behind the European Climate Initiative! After a challenging but yet impactful year 2020, we look forward to supporting the inspiring work of our already more than 120 European climate projects in 2021.

In this newsletter, we present a selection of project activities from the past two months. Read more about the growing energy community movement in Greece, potentials of using nature-based solutions in cities and get inspired by the new Podcast series by EUKI project Young Energy Europe. Furthermore, EUKI project BEACON has published a toolbox on how to create interactive “vision workshops” to teach climate neutrality to pupils. The toolbox can be downloaded for free, is available in six languages and full of practical information.

Finally, we would like to once more draw your attention to our current 5th EUKI Call for Project Ideas. With the “Next Generation EU” recovery plan and the recently updated EU climate target, the window for opportunities in the field of climate action is wide open now. At EUKI, we are looking forward to your new project ideas and to welcome more organisations to our fast-growing pan-European Community this year. The application window is still open until 19 January.

Visit our website for more information about the 5th EUKI Call for Project Ideas and - most importantly - stay safe and sound in 2021!


Yours sincerely,


Stefan Bundscherer
Director European Climate Initiative (EUKI)

New data shows some, yet insufficient progress in companies’ climate and environmental disclosures at a turning point for sustainability reporting in Europe

EUKI project "Improving climate and sustainability corporate disclosure policies to enable sustainable finance" has analysed corporate disclosures across Europe and presents detailed findings. 

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Fostering Local Climate Action Finance through Vertical Collaboration

BEACON conducted a virtual vertical workshop with stakeholders from local and national levels on the topic of financing local climate action in Portugal.

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Highlights from the first national virtual gathering of energy communities in Greece

Energy Communities from all over Greece gathered online to discuss their current projects and project development plans for a just and democratic energy transition.

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Successful national conference in the frame of Our Buildings and Energy Efficiency Watch 4 on municipal renovation strategies

EUKI Project Our Buildings organised a national conference on municipal renovation strategies in Romania.

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Podcasts on “How do Energy Scouts make their companies more sustainable and yet save costs?“

Energy Scouts from the Czech Republic speak about their projects in two exciting new podcasts with Tereza Šťastná (Czech Radio).

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5th Call for Project Ideas for transboundary climate action in Europe

The Federal Ministry for the Environment opened EUKI's fifth call for project ideas.

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Online Conference: Blue and Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Change Mitigation

Ecologic Institute held an online conference on Blue and Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Change Mitigation that served to popularise the results of the Climate NBS Poland EUKI project.

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Addressing Climate Change in Cities: Berlin study tour for Polish nature-based solutions and local government experts

A group of polish local government experts, landscape planners, architects and engineers participated in a study tour on nature-based solutions in Berlin.

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The EUKI YESclima project presents itself to the EU Commission

EUKI project YESclima is included as Best Practice in the Memorandum on the European Green Deal and the European Youth Guarantee.

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The Three4Climate Campus series has taken off

The Three4Climate Campus series offers both schools and municipalities the possibility of horizontal exchange with one another in regular meetings.

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Check out the Vision Workshop Toolbox for Inspired Collaboration on Climate Neutrality

EUKI project BEACON has created the Vision Workshop Toolbox for Inspired Collaboration on Climate Neutrality. 

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Climate Debate in Central Europe

More than 50 participants attended CIC2030's two-day workshop, discussing the "Climate Debate in Central Europe". The key take-aways are presented in this Community article.

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Living Streets – selection completed in Croatia and Greece

EUKI project Living Streets has selected partner cities in Greece and Croatia. In 2021, together with implementing organization Energy Cities, the partner…

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EUKI interview: Reversing the negative health impacts of the healthcare sector

We have spoken to Mireia Figueras Alsius from the EUKI project “Low-carbon Healthcare in the Mediterranean Region” about the negative health impacts of the healthcare sector.

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Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze honours the best Energy Scouts of the year

EUKI project Young Energy Europe helps 10.000 young employees in Greece, Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria and the Czech Republik with developing their energy saving ideas. 

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Published by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin
In charge of
this newsletter:
Stefan Bundscherer
Edited by:

Oliver Hölcke
Anselm Bareis

Funding Programme European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin, Germany

'The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is a project financing instrument of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), based on a decision of the German Bundestag. The Financing Programme EUKI is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.'



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