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Are Member States planning for energy communities? A critical analysis of Member States’ draft National Energy and Climate Plans


Analysis: Are Member States Planning for Energy Communities? A Critical Analysis of Member States’ Draft National Energy and Climate Plans

This policy briefing assesses the draft National Climate and Energy Plans (NECPs) of the 28 EU Member States with regard to their treatment of renewable energy communities (RECs) and citizen energy communities (CECs). With the conclusion of the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy legislative framework, there are now more opportunities than ever for citizens to get involved in the energy transition process. The analysis, carried out within the framework of EUKI, concludes that the role of energy communities in the NECPs varies considerably. The authors highlight Greece as a positive example.

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Bringing Germany’s Bürgerenergie to New Regions in Europe

Co-creating Solutions at a Local Level


ECO123: Co-creating Solutions at a Local Level

Municipalities and local representatives can be pioneers and drivers of deep decarbonisation and profound social transformation. The project “Bridging European and Local Climate Action” (BEACON) seeks to promote climate action, co-operation and learning amongst municipal representatives and the dissemination of good practices – in order to implement the Paris Agreement and the targets for 2030. The trilingual magazine ECO123 (English, German, Portuguese) presents the project’s work and gives insights to climate action in cities, towns and municipalities.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Solar Energy for Multi Family Houses in Lithuania EN


Report: Solar Energy for Multi Family Houses in Lithuania

Multi-family houses in Lithuania have a huge potential for solar energy, which has hardly been realised so far. A study by the EUKI project now confirms the economic viability of investments in photovoltaic modules in the Baltic state. The authors Joris Nettestroth, Oliver Rosebrock, Knut Höller, Kęstutis Kupšys, Vitas Mačiulis and Inga Rovbutas recommend the creation of more favourable and flexible legal framework conditions and, for example, the creation of “energy partnerships”. In addition, homeowners and residents should be better informed about renewable energies, which many are still sceptical about. Lithuania’s long-term policy goal is complete domestic power generation by 2050, for which pure consumers must become “prosumers”.

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SOL: Solar Energy for Multi-Family Buildings in Lithuania

Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Polish Draft Energy and Climate Plan


Briefing: Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Romanian Draft Energy and Climate Plan

As part of the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy package, EU member states are required to develop energy and climate strategies to plan and to report on their 2030 climate and energy objectives. This briefing assesses the draft plan of Romania and an overall score is provided at the end of the assessment. The study concludes that it is paramount that the final plan includes more effective policies that can untap Romania’s full potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport, buildings and agricultural sectors.

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Delivering the EU-2030 and Long Term Climate Objectives in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, with a Specific Focus on Transport

Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Hungarian Draft Energy and Climate Plan


Briefing: Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Hungarian Draft Energy and Climate Plan

As part of the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy package, EU member states are required to develop energy and climate strategies to plan and to report on their 2030 climate and energy objectives. This briefing assesses the draft plan of Hungary and an overall score is provided at the end of the assessment. The study concludes that it is of paramount importance that in the final plan the commitment to the 2030 climate objectives is strengthened and involves all stakeholders in a transparent process.

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Delivering the EU-2030 and Long Term Climate Objectives in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, with a Specific Focus on Transport

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Briefing: Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Spanish Draft Energy and Climate Plan

As part of the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy package, EU member states are required to develop energy and climate strategies to plan and to report on their 2030 climate and energy objectives. This briefing assesses the draft plan of Spain and an overall score is provided at the end of the assessment. The study concludes that the country should continue the direction set by the draft plan and reinforce its climate promises.

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Delivering the EU-2030 and Long Term Climate Objectives in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, with a Specific Focus on Transport

Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Italian Draft Energy and Climate Plan


Briefing: Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Italian Draft Energy and Climate Plan

As part of the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy package, EU member states are required to develop energy and climate strategies to plan and to report on their 2030 climate and energy objectives. This briefing assesses the draft plan of Italy and an overall score is provided at the end of the assessment. The study concludes that it is paramount that the final plan addresses shortcomings and includes more effective policies that can untap the country’s full potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially in the transport and agricultural sectors.

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Delivering the EU-2030 and Long Term Climate Objectives in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, with a Specific Focus on Transport

Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Polish Draft Energy and Climate Plan


Briefing: Fit to Succeed? An Assessment of the Polish Draft Energy and Climate Plan

As part of the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy package, EU member states are required to develop energy and climate strategies to plan and to report on their 2030 climate and energy objectives. This briefing assesses the draft plan of Poland and an overall score is provided at the end of the assessment. The study concludes that it is paramount that the final plan addresses shortcomings and includes more effective policies to drive the decarbonisation of the transport, buildings and agricultural sectors.

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Delivering the EU-2030 and Long Term Climate Objectives in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, with a Specific Focus on Transport

Open Book


EUKI Press Review 2/2019

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) regularly produces a press review, which reflects the international reporting on the financing programme of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and on the work involved in the projects. The selected articles are derived from submissions by project-implementing organisations and from in-house research. The present edition covers reporting from April to June 2019.

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SEE Agora


Report: The Southeast European Power System in 2030

The increased use of wind power and photovoltaics could improve the electricity system in South Eastern Europe, according to a report by Agora Energiewende. Renewable energies could replace outdated lignite-fired power plants. A mix of sun, wind, water and gas could protect the climate and at the same time increase security of supply and reduce the costs of the electricity system.

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South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue