Clima Host II – Alpine Climate Action Competition in the Hotel and Catering Industry

The project “Clima Host” organises its second climate action competition in the Alpine region and aims to trigger emission reductions in tourist accommendations.

This report makes concrete recommendations for further developing the EU Commission’s State aid rules and decision-making practice, in order to advance EU climate and energy transition objectives.

Energy Transition: Ideas and action(s) wanted

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Energy Transition: Ideas and action(s) wanted

On 31 August, EUKI project TANDEM launched its call for ideas for the Franco-German Energy Transition Week 2021. Implementing organization Energy Cities invites associations and non-governmental organisations, but also schools, local energy agencies and local authorities in Germany and France to submit their ideas and actions for cross-border climate action until 18 October 2020. About 20 activities will receive funding of up to €4,000 in the framework of the TANDEM project and will be able to implement their ideas and actions during the Energy Transition Weeks from 18 to 31 January 2021.

Call for ideas

The proposed action should include the topics of climate and energy, take place in Germany or France and should be aimed at a broad public. The 2019 version of the Energy Transition Week has shown that there are virtually no limits to creativity: The cities of Metz and Worms, for example, developed an “Escape Game”, with guests travelling from the future into the year 2019 to tackle the climate crisis. The city tandem of Epernay and Ettlingen presented an energy advice bus that travelled around the two municipalities to advise citizens on ways to renovate their homes in order to make them more energy efficient.


The winners of the ideas competition for the Franco-German Energy Transition Week 2019

What’s new?

“What’s new in 2021 is that we will also be addressing private individuals, institutions, as well as private companies and encoure them to take part in the Energy Transition Week. We promote their actions, but they cannot take part in the ideas competition,” says TANDEM project manager Peter Schilken.
According to the EUKI project, the Corona crisis so far has had little influence on the preparations, yet it hovers over the Franco-German Energy Transition Week like a sword of Damocles : “We are surely wondering whether the municipalities and initiatives are prepared to plan actions for the end of January 2021 that are aimed at the public, go beyond their other efforts and certainly require a separate hygiene concept. For us there is no Plan B, we will not cancel the Energy Transition Week and postpone it for a year; hence, we are relying on the creativity of the applicants,” says Schilken.
More information and conditions of participation are available on the TANDEM website (only in German and French).


Participants of the ideas competition for the Franco-German Energy Transformation Week 2019, © Ville de Nancy

Escaping the Climate Crisis with Good Ideas

Visitors of Escape Games in Worms and Metz could time travel from the future into 2019 to stop the climate crisis. Film fans enjoyed the green and borderless “Eco 2 Rives” film festival in the French and German neighbouring cities Straßburg and Kehl. These and 16 other actions were implemented as part of the ideas competition of the Franco-German Energy Transition Week; most of them in a cross-border tandem.

Electric Bus Epernay

Climate Change Mitigation Concerns Us All

Over 5,000 local people took part in a wide range of activities organized as part of the Franco-German Energy Transition week. 100 organizations conducted a total of 83 events in 70 French and German cities. People are enthusiastic about borderless climate action – and the topic is very much in line with the European ideal of cooperation.

Landschaft mit Windrad

TANDEM III: French and German municipalities for climate mitigation

The project consists of two parts over a period of 17 months. First, the implementation of the second French-German Energy Transition Week at the end of January 2021.

Plants growing out of coins

Webseminar: Climate Investment & Sustainable Finance: What progress and insights for the CEE region?

CIC2030 – Strategies for Financing the 2030 Targets

Landscape of Climate Finance: Promoting debate on climate finance flows in Central Europe

This webseminar on 18 December 15.00 to 16.00 CET will look at the emerging insights from the CEE countries and how they are beginning to track domestic climate investment and finance. Experts will also discuss how CEE countries are integrating this into the climate policy planning process and implementation.


ALPACA – Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action

The mountains of the Alps are threatened by climate change in various ways. This habitat is very sensitive and particularly exposed to climate changes. The EUKI financed project has helped to establish ALPACA in the Alpine region.

The Climate Friendly Materials (CFM) Platform presents a concrete package of policy instruments to pursue transformative investments.

Franco-German Energy Transition Week

Summary: Franco-German Energy Transition Week

In January 2019, the Franco-German Energy Transition Week brought together more than 100 municipalities, associations and energy agencies from France and Germany. 83 actions took place in 70 cities to mobilise the public for the energy transition. More than 5,000 people joined the activities. For instance, a climate change escape game, an energy counselling bus and a cross-border eco-festival were organised.
The brochure of the project implementers Energy Cities and Climate Alliance takes a look back and presents the highlights of the Energy Transition Week.

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Franco-German Energy Transition Week