This manual by EUKI project Green Rural Deal informs about the transformative potential of public policies in the context of the green transition and includes strategies, instruments and tools for European policy makers.

Project Improving C-balances on livestock free organic farms

Project Improving C-balances on Livestock Free Organic Farms

This publications offers insights of methods on “how to improve humus balances in organic arable farms with low livestock numbers”. Naturland e.V. organised a study trip to different farms in Austria and Hungary in May 2022 to learn about farming.

The aim of this collaborative project with the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (KIS) and the Institute of Fruit and Vegetable Crops Serbia (IFVC) is to improve the humus balance and carbon storage capacity of soil.

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Improving C-Balances in Organic Farms

This survey by EUKI project Climate Heros tracks the level of awareness and engagement of youth regarding matters related to wildlife preservation, climate change and sustainable development.

Youth Activists against the Climate Crisis

Climate Heroes

From the community

Youth Activists against the Climate Crisis

by Irena Raičević, WWF Adria

As the climate crisis becomes one of the most important global challenges we’re facing today, it’s more important than ever to engage as many people as possible in building solutions and working towards positive change. Young people especially are a major group with a lot of untapped potential in the area of climate activism, which is why WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) offices in Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia, UNABG (United Nations Association of Bulgaria), and CEPF (Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation) are working with youth to help them develop into climate heroes for the future of the planet.

Climate Heroes

For the second year in a row, the EUKI-supported Climate Heroes project worked with young people in Central and Eastern Europe, providing them with knowledge and support to start their own environmental initiatives.

Climate Heroes: Youth Voices for Sustainable Living started last year, and in its first phase engaged 49 young people from the region, many of whom are still active in the field of climate change activism. During the project, they launched a total of 20 initiatives, the 12 most impactful were presented during the first regional forum which was hosted online in the autumn of 2021. Learn more about the first cycle of the project.

This year, in the second round of the project, around 60 young people from the region participated in the educational and capacity-building project, then organized into groups and began working on their ideas for climate change mitigation. This year, it was possible to organize the regional forum in person, so their efforts culminated in a 3-day trip to meet their peers and fellow climate activists face to face. The regional forum was held in Brno, Czech Republic, where 33 selected participants from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and the Czech Republic were able to present their initiatives, exchange experiences, and share knowledge and ideas.


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Regional Climate Heroes Forum

When asked about impressions, the overwhelming majority of participants had a positive experience and many of them highlighted the importance of connecting and meeting others with similar interests, sharing different perspectives, and learning from each other. “I found it interesting that the participants had different approaches to the problem of climate change. Each Initiative came to its solution in a beautiful and creative way,” one participant shared, while another added: “We can’t do much on our own, but we can do something and influence others”.

Participants presented their work and achievements to the audience of their peers and to the jury, who selected three initiatives with the potential biggest climate impact. Along with the three awarded initiatives, two more initiatives received special recognition for best presentation at the forum. However, all of the work by the young people involved in the project was highlighted as relevant and crucial by the jury and the organizers, with the hope that these young people continue their good work, and inspire many others to get involved. We want young people to lead us to a brighter future because the future belongs to them!

The winning initiatives for 2022

  1. Bianca Rusu from Romania with her initiative We Can Do It, consisting of a workshop dedicated to inspiring teenagers to recycle plastic in creative and artistic ways, giving new life to used and no longer needed items.
  2. Adam Smolka and Jakob Mandik from the Czech Republic came up with a way to build a gym bicycle that produces electricity when used so that people can charge their phones for free and sustainably while exercising.
  3. Simona Hildebrandova, Kristina Shimkova, Tibor Mitro, and Natalia Banichova, also in front of the Czech delegation with an initiative aimed at addressing the problem of air pollution around schools and drawing attention to the importance of biodiversity in the urban environment. They achieved this through interactive workshops and planting flower beds in collaboration with students from their local school.

Other initiatives worked on topics such as raising awareness through digital campaigns, like Gen Eco with their social media networks and Together4Planet, through video campaigns. Sea Frame on the other hand took a more direct approach with its campaign to increase visibility and draw attention to environmental problems.

KompostIN and Sustainable Food Revolution focused on food waste and food production and their impact on the environment. While Food for Earth goes to the root of the problem by tackling soil degradation.

EcoHub is working on creating a climate change guide to help people reduce their carbon footprint, while the team behind Eko stopovačka used digital tools and quizzes to bring fun and games to learning about ecology.

In addition to presenting their work and networking, participants had the opportunity to go on a mobility tour of the city and visit a sustainably developed neighborhood designed for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The regional forum was a great conclusion to months of learning, dedication, and innovation, but also a great chance for young people to find like-minded individuals, get inspired and motivated to continue in their fight against the climate crisis.

As one of the participants commented during the Forum: “Anything you wanna do you can do and there are people who will support you, you just need to go find them and fight for what you want”.

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Green Entrepreneurship

Just one year after the project started, the EUKI project “Panda Labs Junior for Just Transition” receives strategic support for its work from a Macedonian municipality and two Bulgarian cities. In Bitola, Macedonia, home to the largest coal-fired power plant in the country, a collaboration was signed with EUKI partner organisation JA Macedonia to promote a just transition to decarbonisation and green entrepreneurship. In the Bulgarian cities of Kyustendil and Pernik, WWF Bulgaria achieved that the cooperation will involve communities, schools and youth in decision-making processes in the future and support them in further climate action activities throughout the EUKI project.

This report describes how, in addition to costly technologies, public awareness and targeted education of professionals can lead to greater sustainability and climate protection in municipal waste management.

294 Energy Scouts Qualified in 2021 – A Brief Review

Young Energy Europe 2.0

From the community

294 Energy Scouts Qualified in 2021 – A Brief Review

by Nadine Schmidt, Young Energy Europe

In April 2021, the second project phase of Young Energy Europe started in eight European countries, from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean. The common goal is to qualify Energy Scouts and to advance corporate climate protection. Where do we stand after one year?

The results of the 2021 qualification have been determined

294 Energy Scouts from 108 companies have successfully completed the training in the eight bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry abroad. The experienced Chambers of Commerce abroad in Athens, Budapest, Prague and Sofia acted as mentors to the new Chambers of Commerce abroad in Bratislava, Belgrade, Zagreb and Warsaw. The sustainable results of Young Energy Europe are the 125 practical projects of the Energy Scouts of 2021, which lead to lower energy and resource consumption in the companies and thus contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Energy Scouts designed efficiency projects with significant savings potential, most of them in the areas of lighting, photovoltaics and compressed air.


The projects of the year showed a potential reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of around 45,000 t CO2 per year. Behind this are potential savings of around 24,500 MWh of electricity and in some cases considerable amounts of fossil fuels such as lignite, diesel, petrol and natural gas, which the companies are reducing or replacing. Energy Scouts also reduce the consumption of resources such as water, paper and plastics in operational processes. In some cases, waste flows are questioned, recycling is encouraged and even hazardous waste is reduced.


On the one hand, Energy Scouts learn to “scout”, i.e., track down, savings opportunities and efficiency potentials. However, the implementation of an efficiency project in the company is usually dependening on its profitability – which is why the Energy Scouts learn to quantify concrete savings in monetary terms and to calculate payback periods for any investments.

The optimal result, the “sweet spot” in the projects, simultaneously enables cost reductions for the companies, know-how transfer for the employees and a reduction of the environmental impact through optimisation of the CO2 balance & efficient use of resources in the company.

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Improving C-Balances in Organic Farms

The ‘Improving C-Balances in Organic Farms’ project is spreading the necessary knowledge to increase carbon sequestration on farms in Slovenia and Serbia.

SEE´s Climate Champion wanted

Climate Bridges

Climate Bridges project is starting a good practice call for climate change projects in Southeastern Europe. Winners in five categories will be selected and awarded in November 2022.