Key Topics

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

This publications offers insight on methods on “how to improve humus balances in organic arable farms with low livestock numbers” and gives a short summary of the field trip in general.

EUKI_ETS2_Policy Brief


The Impact of the Proposed EU ETS 2 and the Social Climate Fund on Emissions and Welfare

The European Union will soon decide on the introduction of a separate Emissions Trading System for the buildings and road transport sectors (ETS2) and a Social Climate Fund (SCF) to mitigate its potential negative impact on households.

Under the ETS2, suppliers of fuels for buildings and road transport will have to purchase emissions allowances, with the total number of allowances available gradually decreasing over time. This would expose households to a carbon price and should thus incentivise them to seek lower carbon alternatives.

This paper examines the literature for evidence on the effectiveness and presents the findings of a novel modelling exercise analysing the impact of a theoretical carbon tax levied on all consumption goods.

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Distributing the Impacts of Carbon Pricing in CEE

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Improving the Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings in Revitalisation Areas – Toolkit

EDINA – Improving Energy Efficiency in Revitalisation

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Improving the Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings in Revitalisation Areas – Toolkit

by Emilia Grotowska, „EDINA – Energy-efficient development of special revitalisation zones and urban areas”

The publication entitled “Improving the energy efficiency of residential buildings in revitalisations areas – Toolkit” contains – among others, information on improving energy efficiency in revitalization areas  and methods of comprehensive improvement of energy efficiency by improving the technical performance of buildings in the investment processes. The toolkit is dedicated to city/municipal offices with municipal revitalization programs or other subsidy programs supporting the renovation of private buildings, property owners/managers, housing communities/cooperatives, social housing association, NGOs or other interested parties.


We would like to share with you our latest publication “Improving the Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings in Revitalisation Areas – Toolkit” – it is published and can be downloaded from the EDINA project website.

The publication contains – among others, information on improving energy efficiency in revitalization areas and methods of comprehensive improvement of energy efficiency by improving the technical performance of buildings in the investment processes. The toolkit is dedicated to city/municipal offices with municipal revitalization programs or other subsidy programs supporting the renovation of private buildings, property owners/managers, housing communities/cooperatives, social housing association, NGOs, or other interested parties.

The toolkit is the result of a two-year project entitled: “EDINA -Energy efficient development of Special Revitalisation Zones and urban areas ”.  The leader of the project is The Polish Institute for Urban and Regional Development, while the partners are: the Energy Conservation Foundation and the Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa  (IWO e.V.).

The videos summarising the EDINA project are available here: https://edina.irmir.pl/improving-energy-efficiency-of-buildings-in-revitalization-areas-films/

Within the project duration a series of webinars under “Revitalization Academy” was organized. Webinars were recorded and those in English were covering the topics ( link available under the title):

We invite you to check out the webinars and other materials that were developed under the EDINA project https://edina.irmir.pl/en/

We hope those would be useful and help us all to improve energy efficiency in Europe.

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Revitalisation Zone in Lodz, Poland; © City of Lodz


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Barriers to Industry Decarbonisation in Hungary

Sustainable Finance for Industry Decarbonisation

Can sustainable finance be the key to reducing emissions from heavy industries like cement, steel and chemicals?

This publication by EUKI project Retrofit Hub summarizes two years of experience and results from “Renovation and retrofitting of old buildings in times of climate crisis”.

A Database Bears Fruit

This toolkit provides guidance on how to make public spaces appealing where pedestrians and public transport take precedence. It also covers the improvement of energy efficiency in revitalisation areas and shows how the technical performance of buildings can already be taken into account in the investment process.

Portrait Štěpán Vizi

“Maybe we can benefit from that in the future”

Interview



“Maybe we can benefit from that in the future”

by GIZ/EUKI, Štěpán Vizi

Štěpán Vizi is a climate policy expert and project coordinator at the Czech NGO Centre for Transport and Energy (CDE), which is also the implementing organisation of the EUKI project Green Deal CEE. He focuses on EU climate and energy policy. He is also co-author of the first Czech-German podcast on climate crisis Karbon. We met him at the EUKI conference 2022 in Berlin: 

Štěpán, what is your impression of the EUKI Networking Conference 2022? 

It was a really nice experience for me because I am quite new to EUKI, and it was great to meet everyone in presence. It is is a good opportunity to get to know all the diverse EUKI projects and activities, to meet the people who are behind the project and to connect with everyone. Maybe we can benefit from that in the future!

How is the energy crisis in the Czech Republic? How is the government coping with the consequences? 

It is obviously a huge topic. The prices have been rising since last autumn. A lot of people are in danger of energy poverty, and they fear what is going to happen during this winter. The government took some time to really react to this, and now they decided to have a cap on the electricity prices of households and companies which is one of their measures.

But of course, now we are coming towards a European solution that should be decided at the end of September. These two measures should somehow complement each other and help. However, it is still a problem because more help is needed towards the low-income households who will pay much higher prices than they paid before. Austria for example has solutions where you only have the cap for an amount of consumption and if you consume more energy than you pay, you must pay the market price which is why it’s more motivating to save energy. But for now, the Czech government is sticking with the mentioned measures, and we will see what the impact will be.

The new Czech EU Council Presidency might bring a change. Can you tell us more about the Presidency? How is it dealing with the difficult task of shaping a plan to achieve the goals of the Green Deal and handle the energy crisis? 

The presidency is in a quite good position to negotiate the Fit for 55 package which is the main issue of climate policy now and is being negotiated in the trialogues right now. So far, they are trying to be on track and negotiate as much as possible. But it is still too early to make assumptions, so we will see what is going to happen. The most difficult issue is the expansion of the emissions trading system to buildings and transport and the social climate fund which is very closely connected to that. This is the difficult part where the positions of the Parliament and the Council really differ. Soon we will see if they will be able to reach an agreement.

How would you describe EUKIs role in the Czech Republic? 

Since our project focuses on the whole of Central Eastern Europe and EUKI is a lot about international cooperation on the European level, I would not only focus on the Czech Republic.

We organised a workshop at the very beginning of the project. We identified the needs of partners in Central Eastern Europe and which actors could be allies. One interesting question that came up was, that a lot of people are interested in cooperating more with businesses, but often they don’t know how to do it, how to make these kinds of cooperations effective and what their possibilities are. So, this is something we have been engaging in the last months more intensively in Czechia. Now, we want to have a discussion, want to find out about what exactly would be useful in other countries, build on that and somehow try to replicate our experience from the Czechia in other countries like Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. EUKI is really helping CEE countries to learn from each other’s experiences.

The EUKI project is really helping CEE countries to learn from each other’s experiences.

Portrait Štěpán Vizi

You and your colleague Filip Rambousek produced the first podcast in Czech German about climate change called “Karbon” in cooperation with Radio Prague International. Recently it was nominated for a Czech radio award. Congratulations, how do you work this out?  

We always pick a broad topic like energy, renewables, nuclear energy or transport. We focus on one specific question and then we try to get to the core of the topic and emphasize what is related to the people, how it affects them and how it could change their life.  

We are mostly working in the Czech context because we are based in Prague, but we always invite German experts as well. We don’t focus on a simple comparison of the two countries, but we try to confront the two discussions and two realities and from this come up with something that is interesting for the topic. So, we always invite two or three climate experts from both countries to cover our topics. 

What was your intention to produce the podcast? 

The idea is already a few years old. Back then there was very little public debate about climate crisis. When there was some coverage, it was often based on political proclamations. There was very little space for experts to talk about the issues. That was missing, fortunately that has changed a lot in the last few years. But there are still some blind spots, and we are trying to fix that.   

Štěpán, thank you for the interview. 

 

Find the Podcast “Karbon” here.

“It’s a huge volume of electricity generated on the roofs of people”

At the #EUKICON22 Ada Ámon talked to us about the consequences of the energy crisis in Hungary and how the hungarian people and the government are coping with it. She also talks to us about the huge solar potential of the roofs in Budapest and the first Solar map that she and her team created in Budapest.

EUKI Interview: Mainstreaming Sustainable Buildings in Europe

We spoke with Aleksandar Jelovac, Ana Šenhold und Marko Markic from EUKI project “Retrofit HUB”. The project focuses on advancing energy retrofit of buildings in Croatia, Poland and Hungary.