High Trust Network for Ambitious Climate Action

The project is completed. Through the establishment of a Hight Trust Network (HTN) of leading conservative think tanks and climate policy makers, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, the project wanted to enable dialogue on climate issues throughout all segments of society, forming the discursive basis for effective climate action.


To achieve effective climate action, all segments of society need to be included in the respective dialogue. This holds especially true for actors whose opinions on climate change issues are not necessarily congruent, namely conservative parties and climate policy makers. The project aimed to promote an informed dialogue between them.

It did so by setting up the High Trust Network (HTN), which included primarily Central and Eastern European stakeholders. The HTN was led by three research institutes: the conservative think tanks Szazadveg Foundation (Hungary) and Sobieski Institute (Poland) on the one hand, and Ecologic Institute (Germany) on the other hand. The members of the HTN were selected by consensus, the implementing research institutes agreed on criteria and suggested and discussed candidates accordingly.

Crowds in Warsaw

Crowds in central Warsaw (c) pixabay.com

The project contributed to anchoring climate and energy issues firmly in the conservative debate across Central and Eastern Europe, was able to build trust between the parties, and promoteed mutual understanding. The Network members acted as multipliers by passing on the discussion and insights to their constituencies, and thus fostered ambitious and effective climate policy of conservative parties.


EU climate action has been fairly successful. It has reduced emissions by 23 per cent between 1990 and 2016, while its economy grew by 53 per cent during the same period. Still, these emission reductions are insufficient for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
To achieve further reduction, we need a broad societal consensus on climate action. This requires the inclusion and cooperation of conservative players with climate policy makers: to increase conversation, counter polarization, and lead to more successful, effective climate action. The project wants to demonstrate that dialogue between conservative groups and climate policy makers is possible and productive, aiming to inspire fellow policy makers to follow this example of communication – not only in the field of climate action.

State of Results:

Project information

Updated: February 2023

Countries: Germany, Hungary, Poland

Project duration: 12/19 - 05/21

Funding: 112,226 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Companies, Experts, Investors, Private sector

Implementing organisation:
Ecologic Institute gGmbH

Partners: -

Project Webseite: ecologic.eu/

Contact Person

Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf


Ecologic Institute

Ecologic Institut GmbH
Pfalzburger Str. 43-44
10717 Berlin



The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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 competition 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.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de