The Swiss modal shift policy is an ambitious policy package for shifting freight traffic from road to rail and countries like Germany can learn from it.

Tax Deduction Scheme Belgium

Factsheet: Tax Deduction Scheme (Belgium)

The Belgian tax deduction scheme for energy saving investments is currently the only policy instrument at national level aimed at promoting energy efficiency in the industry. The tax deduction scheme targets primarily energy efficiency measures, but also other forms of emission reductions in sectors inside and outside the EU ETS. Adelphi and Navigant examined the transferability to the German context within the framework of the BEACON project.

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Hotel in den Alpen

Energy Management in Alpine Hotels

Energy Management in Alpine Hotels

This project has been completed. In 2017, it organised the conference ‘Energy Management in Alpine Hotels’, in Bolzano (South Tyrol), targeting the hotel and catering industry in the Alpine region. The participants could learn about energy management systems, energy saving approaches and improvements in climate change mitigation.


Receiving around 100 million visitors each year, the Alpine region is one of the world’s most important tourist destinations. Climate change is bringing some far-reaching consequences for the region’s highly seasonal hospitality industry. But while affected by climate change, hotels in the Alps also contribute to that change because of their high energy consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. With effective energy management and appropriate energy saving measures, hotels can improve their energy efficiency, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs, and become more competitive in a sector characterised by rising standards and customer expectations.



The project was based on activities already carried out in 2015 and 2016, during Germany’s presidency of the Alpine Convention. This focused on climate change mitigation and sustainable tourism, under the motto ‘Green Economy in the Alps’. In this context, in April 2016 the independent think-and-do tank adelphi conducted a workshop on energy efficiency in the hospitality industry and the results were incorporated into the best practice guidelines, Energy Management in Alpine Hotels. They provide hotel operators with useful information on how to pursue their own effective energy management. The guidelines are published in German, French, Italian and Slovenian.

This project took things a step further with the conference of the same name (Energy Management in Alpine Hotels), on 28 and 29 November 2017 in Bolzano, South Tyrol. The operators of small and medium-sized hotels were able to learn about funding programmes, advisory services, management approaches and technical solutions, as well as potential to save costs and secure a competitive advantage. The conference programme included presentations of best practices by hotel managers, discussions with and between energy experts, interactive workshops, a panel discussion and a visit to a hotel that has already implemented numerous energy efficiency measures.

State of Results

The conference brought together around 60 people from the hospitality industry and other relevant sectors in all parts of the Alps. They learned about climate protection measures and pursued further exchanges in their previously existing networks. As a result, the hospitality industry in the Alpine region has been able to implement measures for energy efficiency and energy savings.

Project information

Updated: September 2021

Countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, Switzerland

Project duration: 08/17 - 12/17

Funding: 117,752 €

Target groups: Business Associations, Experts

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Contact Person

Ms Juliane Becker

adelphi research gGmbH

Alt-Moabit 91
10559 Berlin



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas 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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This discussion paper supports the overall upgrade in the quality of life of citizens in Polish cities and infuses energy and resource efficiency into the heart of Polish revitalization practice.


Annual Conference: Germany’s Climate Initiative for Europe

News report

Annual Conference: Germany’s Climate Initiative for Europe

On 21 and 22 February 2018, the first network conference for EUKI, the European Climate Initiative, will be held in Berlin with the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency in attendance.

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Bulgaria’s Deputy Environment Minister Atanaska Nikolova will welcome climate action pioneers from almost every EU member state. The purpose of the EUKI conference is to facilitate exchange of good practices regarding implementation of the Paris Agreement in Europe and to encourage networking among representatives of Non-governmental organizations, think tanks, the scientific community and industry associations. In addition, innovative solutions for greenhouse gas mitigation in the energy, buildings, transport and agriculture sectors will be discussed.


Group picture from EUKI conference 2018. – GIZ (Photographer: Stephan Röhl)

Federal Environment Minister Hendricks commented: “Although the starting conditions in the European member states are, in some cases, very different, we often face similar challenges in implementation. Our close, excellent cooperation with Bulgaria shows that we are working together to achieve European climate targets. Effective climate action requires cooperation across borders.”

The European Climate Initiative primarily supports cooperation with Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe. The projects financed to date run the gamut from strategies for socially sound structural change in mining regions to the development of a strategy for emission reductions in Poland’s heating sector and improved energy efficiency in 80 Greek pilot schools.

Non-profit organisations can submit project ideas for the second funding round until 16 March 2018.

Press report of Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Security (BMU), 5 October 2018

Further information

BMU press release

EUKI start page

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Introducing the Partnership of Alpine Municipalities for More Climate Action at COP 23

Cities and municipal associations in the Alpine region are establishing a regional partnership for more climate action.

Regenbogen über Wiese

Launch of European Climate Initiative

In the run-up to the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, the Federal Environment Ministry launched its European Climate Initiative (EUKI).


Federal Environment Ministry launches European Climate Initiative

The new European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the Federal Environment Ministry will support intra-European cooperation on climate action.