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Green Business Ideas for Climate Protection and Agricultural Economy – First Pitch Event of green Start-ups on Crete in the project GreenTecLab

GTL – Green Tec Labs

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.

Grüne Ideen für den Klimaschutz und die Agrarwirtschaft – der erste Wettbewerb grüner Start-ups auf Kreta im Projekt GreenTecLab

GTL – Green Tec Labs

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.

Online Education: Renovation of Historic Buildings in Times of Climate Crisis

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.

Das internationale CaBAb-Team vor dem Gebäude des UCEEB in Prag: (v.l.n.r.): Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Lechner (KoKWK), Ing. Jakub Maščuch (UCEEB), M. A. Marcus Kratschke (BayFOR),Dr.-Ing. Klaus Ramming (AGO), Mgr. Daniela Stolařová (UCEEB), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas P. Weiß (KoKWK), Laura Weber M. Eng. (KoKWK), Philipp Streit M.Eng. (KoKWK), Ing. Jan Špale (UCEEB), Radim Kohoutek (APES)

Great Project Meeting in Prague at UCEEB

Energy Efficiency Network

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.

Three4Climate: Cities from Germany and Slovenia explore climate action projects in Portugal

Three Presidencies for Climate: Think European – Act Local

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.

Three4Climate schools organize Climate Action Days

Three Presidencies for Climate: Think European – Act Local

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.

GVB volunteer Alessia Doering sows vegetables with students

Continued Commitment for Education and Climate Action in Bronte

Frutti per la Biosfera – Fruits for the Biosphere

Boschi per la Biosfera – Forests for the Biosphere

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.


Carrying on the Torch of Local Climate Action: BEACON Final Conference

Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

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.

How can Germany and Central and Eastern Europe work together for more climate ambition? 

Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

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.

National workshops on improving framework conditions for local climate action conducted in BEACON countries

Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

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.