Franco-German Energy Transition Week for Cross-Border Climate Action

More than 70 cities, municipalities and regions participated in the 1st Franco-German Energy Transition Week in January 2019.

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

The transition to a low-carbon economy requires an unprecedented redirection of financial flows towards sustainable investments. This project promotes a strategic vision for such investment and for rising to the challenge of financing climate action.

Meeting the EU long-term goals of the Paris Agreement requires profound changes to current patterns of socioeconomic development.

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Factsheet: The Energy Transition for Green Growth Act in France

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The ‘Loi relative à la transition énergétique pour la croissance verte’ (LTECV) or Energy Transition Act is a recent French climate law, building on previous climate and energy legislation and establishing a comprehensive list of targets and measures extending beyond a pure climate framework law. It is a vast legal document incorporating not only matters relating to climate change mitigation, but general policy pathways towards low-carbon economic development. These provisions range from compliance and reporting mechanisms, to detailed methods of governance, to green innovation incentives and retro-fitting subsidies.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Kühre auf grüner Wiese vor Bergen

Making Climate Visions a Reality in the Alps

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Making Climate Visions a Reality in the Alps

The conference ‘Make Climate Visions Become Reality’  held in Innsbruck (Austria) from 7 to 9 November brought together local actors from seven Alpine countries to discuss ideas for joint climate action. Better cooperation and networking should help to tackle the causes and consequences of climate change in the mountains. The conference featured the launch of the Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action (ALPACA).


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The Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action (ALPACA) was launched during the conference in Innsbruck. Photo: CIPRA

Numerous representatives from Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein came together for the two-day conference in the capital of the Austrian state of Tyrol. The idea behind the conference was the positive impact of local cooperation. Cooperation and networking among existing municipality-oriented cooperation structures and networks in the field of climate protection and energy efficiency in the Alpine countries is an effective way of promoting climate protection at the local level.

During the conference, guest speakers such as Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, Professor of Climatology at the University of Ljubljana, proposed seeking synergies between adaptation to and mitigation of climate impacts, for example, in the field of green infrastructure.

Personen vor Bergpanorama

The conference included visits to see good practice examples, such as the Neuarzl school. Photo: CIPRA

Launch of ALPACA Partnership

The Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action, which was launched during the conference, aims to support cities, municipalities and local stakeholders in taking concrete action for climate protection. ALPACA was initiated by the Alpine Convention and approved by the Contracting Parties at the 2016 Alpine Conference. The project partners hope that the results of their actions will also be accessible and applicable to other European mountain regions, such as the Carpathians, the Apennines or the Pyrenees.

The conference was organised by the international networks CIPRA International, Alliance in the Alps and Alpine Town of the Year. The event was part of the project Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action, financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).

Fostering Low-Carbon Healthcare

This pilot project seeks to enable and support European hospitals to track emissions from their activities. In doing so, they will be able to quantify their environmental impact and set emission reduction targets. The project places specific emphasis on anaesthetic gases, as a relatively unexplored source of GHG emissions.

An Unavoidable Step after Paris: Cutting Emissions from Farming

Through national and European workshops and subsequent communication work, an increased public and political awareness around the need for an ambitious legislative framework on climate and agriculture (national plans, governance and CAP) is going to be created.

Gewinner des Ideenwettbewerbs mit Urkunden auf Treppe

Franco-German Energy Transition Week

The project is completed. It has brought together municipalities from Germany and France to work together at local level to advance the energy transition. This included the organisation of a conference and the cross-border Energy Transition Week 2019.

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Conference “Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action”

Conference “Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action” . The project has been completed. It brought together representatives from seven Alpine countries to work more closely together in the field of climate protection. To this end, the project has organized and carried out several conferences.

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Making State Aid Work for the Decarbonisation of Europe

This project, conducted jointly by Agora Energiewende and Client Earth combines legal, economic and energy transition expertise to develop an online repository and communication material on initially 20 case studies on EU state aid decisions relevant for climate protection and the EU’s energy transition.