Visions 2045 – Schools as Drivers to Climate Neutrality in Cities

Supporting schools in Bulgaria, Poland, and Slovenia by developing their own action plans to become climate-neutral.


The European Union’s decision to become climate-neutral by 2050 requires a change in thinking. Among other factors, it is necessary to construct and use buildings in a climate-neutral manner. As school buildings are major emitters of carbon dioxide, these building types play a significant part in this sector. However, they can also serve as role models when it comes to designing climate-neutral buildings. At the same time, the school building as a place of education is predestined to jointly acquire knowledge about a climate-neutral lifestyle. Thus, a collaboration between schools and municipalities is not only essential in reaching climate targets within the building sector, but also contributes to making the transformation process last long-term by actively involving young people.


Primary school in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland, Photo: ©Flickr_CC0


The project accompanies schools along their way to climate neutrality, turning them into drivers working towards the achievement of local climate goals. Schools are major emitters of carbon dioxide, but they are also educating our future generations. Thus, they should be more involved in promoting and guiding towards climate neutrality as well as in contributing to reducing the local carbon footprint within their function as role models. Based on this special intersection, multiple actors work jointly on concepts for a much-needed transition. Climate checks as well as workshops creating a vision take place in the schools and contribute to developing action plans. Through collaborating with municipalities and other local initiatives these action plans in the form of roadmaps are put into practice. This is beneficial for the schools as well since they can establish a new local network with whom they are able to exchange experiences and continue implementing their climate goals in a participatory manner.

Project information

Updated: March 2023

Countries: Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia

Project duration: 11/22 - 04/25

Funding: 615,381 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Educational institutions

Implementing organisation:
Independent Institute for Environmental Issues UfU e.V. Berlin

Project Partners:
Energy Agency of Savinjska Saleska and Koroska Region (KSSENA), National Trust Ecofund Bulgaria (NTEF), The Association of Municipalities Polish Network (PNEC)

Project Website:

Contact Person

Mrs Marlis Bock

Organisation: Independent Institute for Environmental Issues e.V. (Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen e.V.)


Greifswalder Straße 4

10405 Berlin


Email: marlis.bockufu.de


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.


European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin – Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)30 338424 570