Key Topics

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

Green Deal CEE

Engaging students in climate action by making climate change education an integral part of school curricula in Lower Silesia.

100 Euro bill with wind mills

Directing EU Funds towards Climate Neutrality

Ensuring that Partnership Agreements on EU Funds (PAs) and National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) support the European Green Deal in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, and Latvia.

ClimArchiNet: International conference on sustainable architecture soon in Bratislava

ClimArchiNet – Climate Architects Network

Changing building design in Slovakia and the Czech Republic in order to decrease the building sector’s CO2 emissions.

CLIMASUM

Advancing low-carbon transport through the promotion of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia.

GreenTecLab: Knowledge Pills

The EUKI-funded project GreenTecLab (GTL) has published 13 Knowledge Pills around the topic of green entrepreneurship to support young potential founders in their search for green project ideas. So far, 13 Knowledge Pills have been published in English, Greek, Spanish and Slovak.

Cyclurban Lessons Learned Success Story

Pedalling against Climate Change

15 organisations from Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia each developed 5-11 national and municipal policy recommendations for climate-friendly cycling policies as part of the Cyclurban project. All recommendations were accepted by the national authorities in the partner countries. The project has shown that despite common elements in the respective strategies, cities need to adapt existing methods and measures at the local level to make cycling a main pillar of climate-friendly mobility.

3rd workshop climarchinet

ClimArchiNet: Students designing a Brownfield Transformation in Slovakia

ClimArchiNet – Climate Architects Network

Under the theme “Design Studio of Urban Planning”, the EUKI project ClimArchiNet organized a workshop for architecture students to design the transformation of an industrial brownfield in Žilina, Slovakia.

This study by Forum Energii analyses several scenarios for the development of electromobility and the impact of their implementation on national distribution grids.

EUKI Interview with slovenian Journalist Gašper Andrinek

Interview



EUKI Interview with slovenian Journalist Gašper Andrinek

by Tanja Maximow, GIZ/ EUKI

Gašper Andrinek is a Slovenian journalist from Ljubljana. He works for the radio station Slovenia Val202, freelances for Deutsche Welle, is a board member of the Slovene Association of Journalists and Programme Director for the journalism festival Forward. Gašper is a fellow of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) project Central Eastern European Climate and Energy Policy Scholarship for Journalists implemented by the International Journalist Programme (IJP). The interview took place on the side-lines of the Energy and Climate Media Dialogue in Poland.


Portrait Gašper Andrinek

Portrait Gašper Andrinek; ©EUKI, 2021

You are involved in many journalism projects – to what extent are they related to climate change?

My work is very much climate related. For the radio station we are producing a science programme called Frekvenca X. This broadcast, which happens to be very popular in Slovenia, explores many aspects of climate change. Prior to COP26, the authors of the show asked three scientists about their expectations. After the UN Climate Change Conference, these scientists then reported back to us on whether or not their expectations had been met.
We are currently developing a concept for a podcast about young self-sufficiency advocates who come together in rural areas, renovate and improve the energy-efficiency of old houses, derive their energy from renewable sources and grow their own food, e.g. by planting their own gardens or keeping bees.
Furthermore, we are currently organising the journalism festival Forward where there will definitely be a presentation on climate journalism. We are convinced that the right communication about climate change is currently topic number 1.
We are also considering a topic I find very interesting: Can there be such a thing as objective reporting on climate change? Is it possible to deliberate it critically from a journalistic standpoint? Is there are line between activism and journalism?

Is it possible for journalists to be objective when reporting on climate change?

That’s not an easy question. As a journalist you are obliged to examine every topic critically. And in the case of climate change, that’s quite difficult in some ways, isn’t it? After all, the facts are clear, and you don’t want people to deny them. I think that a climate journalist can be objective, but it is important to always place things in the right context. There’s nothing easier than taking something out of context. We can report on Poland closing down its coal plants and be happy about it. That’s great news for climate protection! But on the other hand, thousands of people will be losing their jobs in the near future. As journalists we have to take this into account in our reporting.

How did you find out about the IJP?

Katja Lihtenvalner, an alumna of the IJP climate scholarship, told me about it and I’m really glad she did. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, I wasn’t able to do my internship abroad last year. For this reason, I’ll be starting the scholarship in March 2022. I hope to work in the Alfred Wegener Institute for some of the time and to dedicate the rest of my time to individual research. I’m interested in Germany’s pathway to decarbonisation, which is why I’d like to travel to Germany’s coal mining regions. I’m also planning to do some research into climate refugees. The next big wave of refugees will be driven by climate change and Germany will play a decisive role.


“Being part of IJP is a unique opportunity for me to forge contacts with a lot of colleagues throughout Europe and around the world and to share ideas on journalistic approaches, e.g. on climate communications. What is the best way to report on climate change? What is the best way of approaching people so they don’t think you want to convince them of something, but are actually presenting scientific facts? ”

Portrait Gašper Andrinek

What does being an IPJ fellow mean to you?

Being part of IJP is a unique opportunity for me to forge contacts with a lot of colleagues throughout Europe and around the world and to share ideas on journalistic approaches, e.g. on climate communications. What is the best way to report on climate change? What is the best way of approaching people so they don’t think you want to convince them of something, but are actually presenting scientific facts? Climate change, energy, energy transition, carbon neutrality and carbon emissions are complex topics, so we really need to share our ideas and experiences. And IJP is great for that.

Thank you for the interview.

EUKI Interview with Climate and Economic Journalist Eva Frantová

EUKI spoke with Slovak climate and business journalist Eva Frantová about her time as a fellow of the EUKI project Central Eastern European Climate and Energy Policy Scholarship for Journalists and her current journalistic work on climate and energy issues. The interview was conducted on the sidelines of the Energy and Climate Media Dialogue in Poland.