Three Presidencies for Climate: Think European – Act Local


The project Three Presidencies for Climate: Think European – Act Local (Three4Climate) aims to foster multi-level collaboration for climate action and to translate the spirit of the trio presidency into tangible cooperation at all levels of governance.


The project shall provide a platform for local, national and European decision-makers to connect and discuss important elements of climate action, understand each other’s interests and move towards a common understanding of challenges and potential solutions for a carbon-neutral future. Thus the Trio as a form of EU integration shall be made tangible at the local level. Two cities and two schools per trio country were selected to take part in the project activities that will provide an opportunity to showcase ambitious climate action of local level actors and to increase their interaction beyond the national level and allow them to learn from each other.


The specific activities will be aligned with the joint environmental policy priorities of the EU Council presidency trio and will take place in the context of currently ongoing policy developments on EU level, foremost the Green Deal of the European Commission. The activities of the project are thus future-oriented with the aim of supporting climate-neutrality as endorsed by the EU Council (conclusion of December 2019).


Three4Climate supports the rotating presidencies of the Council of the European Union (EU). Germany will take over the presidency with the second half of 2020. Together with the two following presidencies by Portugal (first half of 2021) and Slovenia (second half of 2021), the German government supports trilateral climate action with activities involving EU, national, and local actors. Ambitious climate action in cities and schools will be in the focus as well as connecting stakeholders both horizontally (between countries) and vertically (from local to EU level). Three4Climate is linked to the existing Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON) project.

Project information

Updated: June 2020

Countries: Germany, Portugal, Slovenia

Project duration: 04/20 - 01/22

Funding: -

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, EU Institutions, Governments, Regional governments, Research Institutes, Schools

Implementing organisations:
Guidehouse, adelphi, Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU)

Energy Agency of Podravje – ENERGAP, Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon (FCiências.ID)

Contact Person

Mrs. Sigrid Lindner & Mrs. Linda Beyschlag


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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