The first start-up pitches in the project “GreenTecLab” took place in Heraklion, Crete. Nine Projects presented their innovative business ideas in the fields of sustainable tourism and organic agriculture.
Am 25. Juni 2021 fanden in Heraklion auf Kreta die ersten Start-up Wettbewerbe im Rahmen des Projektes “GreenTecLab” statt. Neun Projekte präsentierten ihre innovativen Geschäftsideen in den Bereichen nachhaltiger Tourismus und ökologische Landwirtschaft.
Croatia GBC and Sendzimir Foundation are organizing an online training to teach ways of renovating cultural heritage buildings. The training is intended for architects, conservators, engineers, contractors, project managers, members of city offices for cultural protection and energy, public administration bodies and students.
The Energy Efficiency Network Team met for the first time at the University Centre for Energy Efficiency Buildings of the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague. After the project meeting and the subsequent tour of the UCEEB – architecturally impressive as well as research-related – we used the evening to get to know each other better over a delicious meal.
Another virtual study tour in the framework of the EUKI project Three4Climate took place this time to Braga and Loulé (Portugal). During the last leg of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, from 29 June to 1 July 2021, these two cities presented their climate action activities to the municipalities of Bielefeld and Radolfzell (Germany), as well as Maribor and Kranj (Slovenia). This multi-faceted three-day event included videos, expert presentations, “round tables” and networking sessions.
The Three4Climate project connects six cities and six schools from Germany, Portugal and Slovenia to enable exchange and cooperation on local climate action. As part of the project, the participating schools in Slovenia (Kranj, Maribor) and in Portugal (Braga, Loulé) organized Climate Action Days with numerous and diverse activities for students to learn but also inform others in their schools and municipalities about climate change and how everyone can contribute to mitigating its severe impacts.
The local environmental organisation Giacche Verdi Bronte educated schoolchildren in Sicily about reforestation and the role of food in climate change. Even though covid restrictions posed severe challenges and the two EUKI projects ran out in 2018 and 2019, the voluntary association continues its work with schools and international volunteers.
On 16-17 June 2021 165 participants from 13 countries gathered virtually for the BEACON Final Conference to advance the work and success that schools and municipalities have initiated in the past three years through the project.
CEE Bankwatch Network, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), and E3G together with the EUKI Academy organised a workshop on 10 June to explore how Germany can work with CEE governments to secure their support for upcoming reforms and initiatives under the European Green Deal.
As part of the project Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON), national workshops were organised in all of the BEACON countries. The overarching aim of the virtual national workshops was to identify, specify and decide on further steps towards improving the national framework conditions for climate action on the ground. These national workshops took up the various strands of the BEACON project and further served to anchor the impulse for stronger cooperation between government levels.