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Improving climate and sustainability corporate disclosure policies to enable sustainable finance


Improving climate and sustainability corporate disclosure policies to enable sustainable finance

This report by Frank Bold presents an in-depth assessment of climate and environmental disclosures of 303 companies from Southern, Central and Eastern Europe published in 2020 pursuant to the EU Nonfinancial Reporting Directive (EU NFRD).

The aim of this research is to support companies as well as policymakers and supervisors in their mefforts to implement the EU NFRD, and substantiate the discussion on the legislative changes and standardisation of sustainability reporting.

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Improved Sustainability Corporate Disclosure Policies

Renovation – Landscape of climate finance in the Polish buildings sector


Renovation – Landscape of climate finance in the Polish buildings sector

In the coming years, Poland will gain access to unprecedented funds for thermal modernization of buildings. Limited monitoring of financial flows in the area of buildings renovation creates a risk of only partial and inefficient use of this opportunity. This report by WiseEuropa, NewClimate Institute and I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics analyses the available data on financing of low-carbon investments in order to better understand the processes taking place in the Polish buildings sector in recent years and to correctly define future challenges and opportunities for the policy makers, public and private sectors, and financial institutions.

The report emphasizes that buildings renovation does not only play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it can also be a stimulus for the recovery of the European economy after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Landscape of Climate Finance: Promoting debate on climate finance flows in Central Europe

See No Evil


See No Evil – How a lack of transparency could dash EU hopes for a green pandemic recovery

In May 2020, the European Council announced it would provide an extraordinary EUR 750 billion in recovery funds to Member States to help facilitate the European Union’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. It was announced that the largest share of this recovery package, known as NextGenerationEU, would be channeled through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), providing EUR 671 billion in financial support for reforms and investments in green and digital related areas to ensure a sustainable economic recovery. In this report, EUKI partner CEE Bankwatch examines in how far the recovery funds are in danger of being used as a ‘trojan horse’ for financing unsustainable projects under the pretense that this is necessary for a successful economic recovery.

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Umgang mit dem Klimawandel in Städten – politische Instrumente zur Förderung städtischer naturbezogener Lösungen (Polnisch)


Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Policy Instruments to Promote Urban Nature-based Solutions (Polish)

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are solutions that are inspired and supported by nature. Although significant potential exists, NBS remain underutilized by cities as solution to address climate change. Barriers that have prevented wider uptake in the European context include a lack of relevant experience with and knowledge of NBS planning and implementation as well as a shortage of locally adapted policy instruments to support mainstreaming across sectoral policies.
This guidance document, published by Ecologic Insitute and the Sendzimir Foundation, responds to these gaps and highlights a range of policy and supporting instruments relevant for NBS design, implementation and maintenance. The guidance aims to support policymakers, city officials and local citizens and initiatives in the design and implementation of such policy instruments for increased NBS implementation. Each instrument is briefly described, including how it works and what benefits it can deliver. Case studies from Germany and Europe showcasing how different cities approach NBS and foster their integration into their policy frameworks illustrate each of the instruments.

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Climate Mitigation through Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Poland: Harnessing knowledge and experiences for climate-resilient cities (Climate NBS Polska)

Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Policy Instruments to Promote Urban Nature-based Solutions


Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Policy Instruments to Promote Urban Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are solutions that are inspired and supported by nature. Although significant potential exists, NBS remain underutilized by cities as solution to address climate change. Barriers that have prevented wider uptake in the European context include a lack of relevant experience with and knowledge of NBS planning and implementation as well as a shortage of locally adapted policy instruments to support mainstreaming across sectoral policies.
This guidance document, published by Ecologic Insitute and the Sendzimir Foundation, responds to these gaps and highlights a range of policy and supporting instruments relevant for NBS design, implementation and maintenance. The guidance aims to support policymakers, city officials and local citizens and initiatives in the design and implementation of such policy instruments for increased NBS implementation. Each instrument is briefly described, including how it works and what benefits it can deliver. Case studies from Germany and Europe showcasing how different cities approach NBS and foster their integration into their policy frameworks illustrate each of the instruments.

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Climate Mitigation through Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Poland: Harnessing knowledge and experiences for climate-resilient cities (Climate NBS Polska)

Addressing climate change in cities Catalogue of urban nature-based solutions (Polish)


Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Catalogue of Urban Nature-based Solutions (Polish)

Nature-based solutions (NBS) can be used in urban settings to complement or replace “traditional” or “grey” solutions to perform functions, such as thermal insulation and stormwater retention and filtration.
This catalogue presents a wide selection of NBS that exemplify high climate mitigation potential and applicability across a range of urban contexts. The catalogue offers ten examples of multifunctional NBS that cities can implement as well as ten case studies of complex nature-based solutions applications which show how NBS can be combined together to create systemic solutions that address multiple urban challenges in parallel – at sites as small as a playground or as large as an entire city.
The catalogue, published by Ecologic Insitute and the Sendzimir Foundation,  is designed to support planners, designers and landscape architects in various sized urban areas in Europe and beyond in applying NBS instead of or alongside traditional approaches. At the same time, the publication is written in an accessible manner and can be used to introduce various audiences to the concept, applications and benefits of urban nature-based solutions.

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Climate Mitigation through Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Poland: Harnessing knowledge and experiences for climate-resilient cities (Climate NBS Polska)

Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Catalogue of Urban Nature-based Solutions


Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Catalogue of Urban Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based solutions (NBS) can be used in urban settings to complement or replace “traditional” or “grey” solutions to perform functions, such as thermal insulation and stormwater retention and filtration.
This catalogue presents a wide selection of NBS that exemplify high climate mitigation potential and applicability across a range of urban contexts. The catalogue offers ten examples of multifunctional NBS that cities can implement as well as ten case studies of complex nature-based solutions applications which show how NBS can be combined together to create systemic solutions that address multiple urban challenges in parallel – at sites as small as a playground or as large as an entire city.
The catalogue, published by Ecologic Insitute and the Sendzimir Foundation, is designed to support planners, designers and landscape architects in various sized urban areas in Europe and beyond in applying NBS instead of or alongside traditional approaches. At the same time, the publication is written in an accessible manner and can be used to introduce various audiences to the concept, applications and benefits of urban nature-based solutions.

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Climate Mitigation through Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Poland: Harnessing knowledge and experiences for climate-resilient cities (Climate NBS Polska)

A State Aid Framework for a Green Recovery


A State Aid Framework for a Green Recovery

This report by Agora Energiewende and Client Earth was published without any financial contribution from EUKI.
There is widespread acknowledgement that Europe’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must be green. What is intended – and what this report calls “Green Recovery” – is a design of European and national recovery programmes that not only “do no harm” to the climate and the environment but also positively targets investments in and support to those industries and technologies that contribute to meeting Europe’s pledged decarbonisation objectives.
The report, entails concrete recommendations for further developing the EU Commission’s State aid rules and decision-making practice, in order to ensure that the EU’s internal market becomes a powerful lever to advance EU climate and energy transition objectives.

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Making State Aid Work for the Decarbonisation of Europe

Building Local and Regional Institutions for Energy Efficiency


ALLIES Whitebook: Building Local and Regional Institutions for Energy Efficiency

This Whitebook is the centrepiece of the ALLIES project (Activating and Learning from Local Investment in Energy Savings). It is conceptualized as guidance for successful implementation of the Locally-rooted Financing Entity for Energy Efficiency (LFEEE) concept in many other countries, regions and legal frameworks. It describes main challenges one faces when establishing an LFEEE to foster energy efficiency – irrespective of country, region or legal context. Moreover, it entails policy recommendations formulated for Poland and Hungary which are in most cases valid for other countries as well. Additional to this, the political and legal contexts for the establishment of LFEEE and energy efficiency measures in Germany, Hungary and Poland as well as typical financial frameworks for implementing energy efficiency projects are described. The ALLIES LFEEE model and its implementations is applied to case studies of which each ends with hands on guidance summarized in “Dos and Don’ts” for followers in similar frameworks. The whitebook also entails a practical checklist to structure the establishment of LFEEE.

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ALLIES – Activating and Learning from Local Investment in Energy Savings

Coal phase out in South East Europe


Coal phase out in South East Europe

In this policy note, Agora Energiewende and Klimapolitika map energy-economic facts of a coal phase-out in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania with funding needs to enable a Just Transition in the respective mining regions and mirror them with the proposed EU’s Just Transition Fund. It derives conclusions whether the fund can provide sufficient support for a coal phase-out and a just transition. It first summarises the expected impacts of a coal phase-out in the three countries. It then assess the scope and the level of funding, and conditions attached to the use of funding from the perspective of these three South East European member states to determine whether the funding is in line with their needs.

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South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue