EUKI Newsletter

EUKI Newsletter

Date: 26 July 2021

Dear friends of climate action in Europe, 

Do you work in transport, media or for a municipality? Then you should watch and share our new EUKI videos on European climate action: Three short films showcase challenges related to sustainable mobility, climate awareness and municipal climate action and offer practical solutions, presented by EUKI-financed projects. Learn more about the featured projects and read the latest news about the most recent European climate activities:

Do you know the town of Sztum? After three years of close collaboration with 34 municipalities and 57 schools from seven EU countries, the “BEACON” project concluded with the highly influential BEACON Toolkit for Local Climate Change Mitigation.

With funding from EUKI, BEACON supported the Polish city of Sztum in joining the Covenant of Mayors and in refurbishing nine municipal buildings in an eco-friendly way. The Climate-wins: New LED lighting systems were installed, new roof-top photovoltaic panels produce zero emission electricity. More than 120 renewable energy systems have been installed in local households. The activities in Sztum alone reduce over 1000 tons CO2 emissions - per year. Municipalities across Europe now build on the experiences BEACON has made in the past three years: they use an EUKI-financed Toolkit to mitigate greenhouse gases, and to measure their successes. Congratulations to the team!

New kid on the block: RENALDO promotes energy cooperatives in Poland. Representatives from the Polish and German governments and the European Commission set the stage for an ambitious new initiative: Vitalizing rural areas through renewable energy in Eastern Poland. State Secretary Anna Gembicka emphasized that renewable energy plays an outstanding role not only in protecting the climate, but also in developing rural areas. We can’t wait to see the energy cooperatives in the regions Podlaskie and Kuyavia-Pomerania growing.

Are you looking for cooperation partners yourself? Do you want to develop a climate action project in a certain country? Are you looking for experts in Climate Policy or Renewable Energy? Our new EUKI Community List may serve you as a European climate action business directory.

Make use of our large network of climate activists across Europe and read more about their projects below.

Yours Sincerely,

Stefan Bundscherer

Director of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI)

Three4Climate: Cities from Germany and Slovenia Explore Climate Action Projects in Portugal

Another virtual study tour in the framework of the EUKI project Three4Climate took place. This time to Braga and Loulé (Portugal). 

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Three4Climate Schools Organize Climate Action Days

The Three4Climate project connects six cities and six schools from Germany, Portugal and Slovenia to enable exchange and cooperation on local climate action. 

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Continued Commitment for Education and Climate Action in Bronte

The local environmental organisation Giacche Verdi Bronte educated schoolchildren in Sicily about reforestation and the role of food in climate change.

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Carrying on the Torch of Local Climate Action: BEACON Final Conference

On 16-17 June 2021, 165 participants from 13 countries gathered virtually for the BEACON Final Conference to advance the work and success that schools and municipalities have initiated in the past three years.

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Three EUKI Videos Make their Debut

What’s EUKI doing to address mobility? How are European municipalities involved in the work carried out by EUKI projects? 

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How can Germany and Central and Eastern Europe Work Together for more Climate Ambition? 

CEE Bankwatch Network, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), and E3G together with the EUKI Academy organised a workshop on 10 June to explore how Germany can work with CEE governments to secure…

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National Workshops on Improving Framework Conditions for Local Climate Action

As part of the BEACON project, national workshops were organised in all of the BEACON countries. 

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Climate Protection Measures in Schools

The EUKI project YESclima contributed to measures that can lead the way for climate action in buildings in the southern European province of Cádiz.

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How EUKI projects Enhance the Energy Transition

Together with EUKI Academy, WWF Greece hosted a conference for Greek EUKI beneficiaries to network and to exchange with both German and Greek ministries about the energy transition in Greece.

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EDINA Project Experience during the Urban Policy Congress in Katowice (Poland)

During the Urban Policy Congress in Katowice on June 7, 2021, EUKI project EDINA held a workshop on revitalization areas. 

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How to Seize the Potential for a Green Recovery in Central and Eastern Europe?

Experts and civil society discussed how national recovery plans can put Central and Eastern Europe on track to reach climate neutrality. 

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Three4Climate: Cities from Portugal and Slovenia Explore Climate Protection Projects in Germany

In the Three4Climate project, representatives from Braga and Loulé (Portugal), as well as Maribor and Kranj (Slovenia) explored climate action projects in Germany.

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GreenTecLab: Green Recovery – New Start-ups and Projects for Greece, Spain and Slovakia

The GreenTecLabs project motivates potential founders of green start-ups to contribute to European Recovery and delevop business ideas and create jobs in three regions in Greece, Spain and Slovakia.

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BEACON Study Visits Going Virtual

The second BEACON study visit was held virtually. Learn more about two practice examples of local climate actions. 

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EUKI Interview: Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Heritage Buildings

We spoke to Ewelina Pękała who is part of the EUKI project "heritage buildings". The project aims at minimising the climate impact of Polish and Croatian heritage buildings.

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WTF is Climate Change?

WTF is Climate Change booklet is developed for teachers, educators, youth workers, and youth in general. It aims to make you ready to become part of the solution to the climate crisis. 

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Launching Transformative Actions in Priboj, Serbia: “We Have a Deal!”

RES Foundation hosted its initial workshop with the representatives of the municipality of Priboj, Serbia, and began preparatory works on the municipality’s Development Plan.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the Three4Climate School Contest

What is your vision of a climate neutral city, school, country or world in 2050? 

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BEACON Toolkit for Local Climate Change Mitigation

The Climate Change Mitigation Kit by EUKI project BEACON helps municipalities get inspiration for planning and monitoring climate change mitigation actions.

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New 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 exciting new podcasts with Tereza Šťastná (Czech Radio).

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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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