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The EUKI-projects work on the topics of Sustainable Economy, Awareness, Energy, Mobility, Cross-cutting Climate Policy, Buildings and Municipalities.

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45 young people from the Balkan countries in the Albanian Energy Lab

EUCENA – European Citizen Energy Academy

Forty-five young people from Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Serbia participated in the meeting, with the aim of networking among young people and providing opportunities for sharing ideas, knowledge, best practices from the renewable energy sector.

This report is about a mistery shopping campaign and gives an overview of various practices of financial advisors across Europe and challenges the upcoming regulation’s capability to address the most common pitfalls.

What do your clients actually want?


What do your Clients actually want?

The majority of retail clients across Europe have sustainability investment objectives. In climate action policies, however, “sustainable finance” has so far only played a minor role.

To enable financial advisors to better take into account the sustainability goals of their clients in the future, the EUKI project Sustainable Finance and Consumer Protection conducted a survey in six European countries. In its latest report, “What do your clients actually want?”, results from the survey were used to build estimates of potential market shares for different sustainable finance products and thus want clients actually want.

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Sustainable Finance and Consumer Protection

Guidebook Living Streets


Guidebook Living Streets

European cities today are confronted with complex issues in urban planning and other societal issues, such as climate change or migration. Thus, municipalities, companies and residents should work together to find creative solutions to meet these challenges.

As an inspiration to rethink public space in cities, the EUKI project Living Streets by Energy Cities created the guide “Living Streets – From Citizen Engagement To Citizen Ownership: A Guidebook For Municipalities”. It gives step-by-step guidance to identify and create living urban spaces together with the various stakeholders and animates with colorful success stories

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Living Streets

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Climate Action to the Table: Cycle of Conferences

Bringing Climate Action to the Table

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Climate Action to the Table: Cycle of Conferences

by Hana Turšič, Climate Action to the Table

The topic of the intersection between food and climate change is crucial in this day and age. The world food production system creates almost a third of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and is therefore one of the main reasons for the climate crisis we are experiencing right now. It also motivates faster biodiversity loss, which poses a risk to the existence of human civilisation. Partnering organisations in the Climate Action to the Table project are spreading important messages through the organisation of different events, trainings for educators, interactive games for children and much more.


As part of the Climate Action to the Table project Fundesplai from Barcelona, Spain and Umanotera, The Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development from Ljubljana, Slovenia are organising live and online events and conferences on the topics of climate friendly and sustainable food.

1st event: Civil society participation in shaping sustainable food systems

Fundesplai (lead partner) organised the conference “Civil society participation in shaping sustainable food systems” (January 2022, online). Speakers from various backgrounds presented the importance of strengthening the link between food growers and consumers, the importance of promoting organic food and the role of local economies in shaping sustainable food systems.

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2nd event: National conference about climate friendly catering 

At the National conference about climate friendly catering (March 2022, Ljubljana) organised by Umanotera Slovenian and foreign speakers spoke about the importance of sustainable catering practices and shared their practical experience about reducing environmental impact through food.

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3rd event: Sustainable school food: Global challenges, local solutions 

At the conference “Sustainable school food: Global challenges, local solutions” (April 2022, online) organised by Fundesplai, school food programs were compared by country. Different countries and realities were presented in order to show how they cope with different challenges regarding school food programs: minimizing waste, reducing the consumption of animal protein and increasing the consumption of fresh and local food.

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4th event: Practices for a sustainable restaurant business

The conference “Practices for a sustainable restaurant business” (May 2022, Barcelona) by Fundesplai was attended by members of other partner organisations in the project.

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5th event: Environment-friendly and healthy food – how can we recognise it? 

This event was organised by Umanotera in collaboration with Slovene Consumers’ Association. The title and also the main question of the event was: Environment-friendly and healthy food – how can we recognise it? (May 2022, online). The speakers discussed sustainable certificates and labels, the consumers’ role and greenwashing in food labelling – both from a consumer and a systemic point of view.

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All the events were attended by a large number of participants who agreed that adopting more sustainable food consumption patterns is of utmost importance – we will not solve the climate crisis only by changing our own food decisions, but the current crisis cannot adequately be addressed without it.

 There are more interesting events and content to come in the upcoming months, until the end of the project in February 2023.

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This guide is designed to inspire educators, organizations, and government agencies to address the connection between our eating habits and climate change in an educational and interactive way.

Educational Tools To Approach Food Sustainability: Toolkit


Educational Tools To Approach Food Sustainability: Toolkit

With food production accounting for up to 37 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, changing individual dietary habits plays a critical role in combating climate change.

In this toolkit “Educational Tools To Approach Food Sustainability – Toolkit of Activities”, the EUKI project Bringing Climate Action to the Table has put together activities that will serve as an inspiration for educators, organisations and government agencies to address the relationship between our eating habits and climate change in formal, non-formal or informal settings in an educational and interactive way.

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Bringing Climate Action to the Table

Finding the Gaps in Deep Energy Renovations: Preliminary results from UPGREAT’s technical survey presented on the 5th icESS, Bucharest

UPGREAT – Training Tool for Efficient Schools

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Finding the Gaps in Deep Energy Renovations: Preliminary results from UPGREAT’s technical survey presented on the 5th icESS, Bucharest

by Vassilis Duros, Physicist, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Deep energy renovations (DER) in buildings are now required to satisfy the European Union’s low carbon emission efficiency standards in order to confront the climate crisis and boost the economic recovery of Europe after the pandemic outbreak. With annual energy renovation rates expected to double in the next 10 years, the building sector is expected to make a substantial change in achieving high energy efficiency goals by 2050. Construction sector and building experts are urged to upskill their workforce. This implies both, meeting the targets and learning to use innovative approaches and technological solutions to ensure high quality construction and to increase the energy performance of buildings. However, there are aspects that prevent the implementation of DER at a large extent.


A team of building experts designing a deep energy renovation

A team of building experts designing a deep energy renovation © Malachi Witt, Pixabay

Within this context, UPGREAT project aims to identify gaps and barriers for energy efficiency implementation methods in Greece and Cyprus through a targeted survey for building experts related to technical, financial and policy issues that may pose challenges to further boost building renovations. The survey methodology of assessing the experience of building experts in DER projects in order to identify gaps and barriers in energy efficiency implementation is the first level towards UPGREATs project scope which is the development, application and dissemination of a Total Training Toolkit – an educational package- through capacity building actions for different target groups involved with energy renovations in buildings.

The preliminary results of this survey were presented under the “innovative projects for societal transformation” topic in the 5th International Conference of Economic and Social Sciences, organized by the Bucharest University of Economic Studies on the 16 and 17 of June, in Bucharest, Romania where two intensive days of plenary speeches and specialized parallel sessions debates in hybrid real-online format resulted in high quality practical insights and networking.

The findings of the assessment of the survey results in Greece and Cyprus indicated that a percentage of 22% in Cyprus finds that legislation restrictions and lack of skilled actors prevails in the difficulties faced in DER projects. In Greece 15% indicate technical issues in the design and construction phase as the main difficulty faced. Economic and financial barriers also play an important role for the realization of DER projects; lack of funds or access to finance is considered as the most important financial barrier in Greece, selected by the 36% of those answered while poor financial incentives is regarded among the top economic bottlenecks for 20% of the Cypriot respondents. Concerning the drivers that may boost the deep energy renovation projects, the results show improved financial solutions by 80% approximately in both countries (77% Greece, 82% Cyprus). Furthermore, consultancy & training (48% Greece, 36% Cyprus), and upgrading the skills of professionals (38% Greece, 45% Cyprus) are considered main drivers to boost deer energy renovations. An important policy gap for the applicability of energy efficiency policies is the poor national/regional legislative framework for renovation of existing building in Greece by 34% while in Cyprus the gaps are related to lack of voluntary national DER standards, poor overall ambition of the EE policies and no monitoring of the implementation of legislation; all three equally selected by 20%.

The results presented in this study, were collected while the survey was still ongoing and thus they should be considered as an initial depiction of a broader picture. Due to the small sample size, a factor that limits generalizability, the results should not be considered as representative nor sufficient of the entire building professionals’ universe but as indicative, and so they should be used with prudence. The present work will be extended to add further data, thus becoming more representative of the building professionals’ population in each country. However, these first results provide an indication that training and upgrading the skills of professionals are a main driver in upgrading the existing building stock that requires an integrated training methodology

If you are interested to our research, we would appreciate your contribution to our survey! You will be asked to answer approximately 25 questions and it will take less than 20 minutes. Go to the survey (English) by pressing: https://upgreat.limesurvey.net/941512?lang=en

Your voice matters! Join us and let’s build together a sustainable and inclusive society, responding to needs beyond functionality.

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EUCENA presents: Renewable Energy Made Easy: The Course for You by EUCENA.

EUCENA – European Citizen Energy Academy

EUCENA is offering online courses to teach the methods and techniques of creating a energy community in your own neighbourhood.

Primary School in Polis Chrisochous, Paphos, Cyprus

Identifying the gaps and barriers in deep energy renovation of school buildings through UPGREAT

UPGREAT – Training Tool for Efficient Schools

The UPGREAT project works to upgrade professionals’ skills for deep renovations which are needed to sustainably transform the buildings sector to fulfil high energy and low carbon emissions standards.