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.

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.

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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

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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.

This report summarizes the results of the EUKI project Capacity Building for Ambitious Long-Term Strategies and shows how the quality of long-term decarbonization strategies were improved in six Central Eastern European countries – Czechia, Hungary, Poland, as well as Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia.

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GTL Start-ups from Crete in the Ruhr Area: Experience exchange for transition

GTL – Green Tec Labs

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GTL Start-ups from Crete in the Ruhr Area: Experience exchange for transition

by GreenTecLabs

The 5 winning projects of the GreenTecLab project in Crete visited the Ruhr Area together with the project partners from Athens and Heraklion. The Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece made this trip possible for the green founders. The aim was to get to know a region that needed to develop new perspectives and ideas during the structural change, to meet companies with which cooperation would make sense or who would pass on their experience and to get to know the start-up scene of the Ruhr area. The visit was inspiring and will support the start-ups in their development. We would like to thank the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Ruhr Hub, the Impact Hub in Essen and the Gründer Zentrum Triple Z, the Science Park Gelsenkirchen, the IKKE in Duisburg and a lot of companies in the Ruhr area who will support the Start-ups. We are sure that in this way we can initiate new European networks that will help start-ups and support the impact of their ideas in the local, regional, national and international environments.

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Journalists from Central and Eastern Europe Visit EUKI Climate Projects in Poland

From 3 – 6 November 2021 the International Journalist Programme (IJP) held the Energy and Climate Media Dialogue in Poland as part of the EUKI project Central Eastern European Climate and Energy Policy Scholarship for Journalists. Eleven journalists from seven countries travelled to Warsaw and Danzig to visit polish NGOs, media institutes and think tanks driving forward Poland’s climate policy to achieve the  European climate targets.

Creative autumn in GreenTecLab: First start-ups and new activities in the European GreenTecLabs (GTL)

GTL – Green Tec Labs

The GreenTecLab project selected 11 green start-ups with innovative business ideas on climate action and sustainability to receive professional support and funding.

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EUKI Project Interview: Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

For our EUKI brochure, we spoke with Alexandru Mustata from CEE Bankwatch Network about the EUKI project Energy Transition Dialogue in Central Eastern Europe. The project aims to change political and public narratives in Central and Eastern European countries by highlighting positive perspectives on energy transition opportunities.