Build Bridges for Climate Protection

The project has been completed. It has prepared a feasibility study on energy and water consumption as well as waste production in shelters for refugees in Germany and Italy. Attention was also paid to reducing resource consumption and CO2 emissions.


In 2015, asylum-related immigration in Europe reached a peak, posing a challenge in terms of integration for many host countries. There was consensus to provide migrants with information on how to become citizens in host countries, including how to use energy and water more consciously and avoid waste. This knowledge transfer should take place through intercultural, participatory dialogue and at eye level.


Landratsamt Fürstenfeldbruck, Photo: Marianne Wagner


The project developed concepts and methods for refugees and migrants to make them fit in the topics of resource efficiency, circular economy and climate action (energy, water, waste) during vocational training. They should be able to use their skills in both countries of origin and destination.

Based on the feasibility study on energy and water consumption as well as waste production in shelters for refugees, a pilot for a Training Lab with a focus on intercultural dialogue, resource efficiency and climate action was conducted. The Training Lab was replicated in Italy in a second step. The project encouraged participants to proactively develop a pool of ideas and identify appropriate implementation possibilities (e.g. services, value chains, cooperations). In addition, a network of supportive organisations was identified to support active civic engagement in Germany and Italy. This has strengthened the Community’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and built bridges with NGOs in the countries of origin.


– The amount of residual waste in three large refugee shelters in the Fürstenfeldbruck district was reduced by 5% within four months by installing paper containers with appropriate waste separation.

– The measures have increased awareness of environmental protection and resource conservation among the participants by 50%.

Project information

Updated: September 2021

Countries: Germany, Italy

Project duration: 11/17 - 03/18

Funding: 57,584 €

Target groups: Civil Society, Educational institutions

Implementing organisation:
Landratsamt Fürstenfeldbruck

Project Partners:
Associazione Alvise Cornaro, Berufsschule Fürstenfeldbruck, Energiebildner e.V., Fondazione E 35, Unione di Comuni del Trasimeno


This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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