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Accelerating Climate Action, Strengthening Europe – The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the Federal Environment Ministry

The brochure of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) provides information on the objectives, working methods, funding opportunities and projects.

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Financing Energy Renovation in Buildings – Guidance on financial schemes with a focus on Bulgaria and Romania

Report: Financing Energy Renovation in Buildings – Guidance on Financial Schemes with a Focus on Bulgaria and Romania

The guidance, developed under the framework of the EUKI project Our Buildings, maps available financial schemes for energy efficiency improvements in buildings focussing on accessibility of funding in Romanian and Bulgarian municipalities. It includes success factors of financial scheme design and presents innovative financial instruments, such as Municipal Green Bonds, offering the chance to mobilise additional private resources and improve the needed cooperation between homeowners, utilities and institutional investors.

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Accelerating climate action buildings – strengthening civil society and policy-makers in Romania and Bulgaria (Our Buildings)

Calitatea mediului și a vieții în cartierele urbane

Calitatea mediului și a vieții în cartierele urbane (Romanian)

The BEACON project translated and adapted the German Environment Agency’s guidance brochure on municipal planning for Romania. With a view to foster sustainable urban environments with a high quality of life, the document synthesises the findings of a research report built on eight case studies covering both existing buildings and new constructions. The brochure shows how a high building density and a great variety of different uses can be reconciled with a high quality of environment and living. The focus is on topics such as securing and reclaiming spaces for urban greenery, reducing traffic-related noise and pollutant pollution, and climate-friendly area development.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Just Transition to climate neutrality

Just Transition to Climate Neutrality – Doing Right by the Regions

Just transition is a buzzword in policy circles today. There is consensus that the transition towards climate neutrality should be a just one. However, when and even if such a transition should really take place, is still met with vastly diverging viewpoints. At the same time, what ‘just’ actually means and what its implications are for national and EU policy is even less certain.

This report – a review of four case study regions of the transition from coal in Europe – illustrates that even though each region is different, the challenges they face to ensure a just transition from coal are strikingly similar.

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Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe

Tracking climate- -related investments and finance flows

Tracking Climate-Related Investments and Finance Flows – Implications of the EU Taxonomy

The aim of this paper is to discuss the challenge associated with the identification of investments that can be accounted as low-carbon activities. The focus has been put on the EU, as in the near future it will have to be assessed to what extent this emerging tool can be useful for the implementation of the Landscape methodology. It presents the added value of linking countries’ climate strategies with investment landscapes and offers further recommendations regarding solutions that help to reduce the gap between current financial structures and the objectives of the national low-emission transition.

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

Addressing climate change in cities

Addressing Climate Change in Cities

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are solutions that are inspired and supported by nature. They 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. Focusing on addressing climate change, this catalogue by the Ecologic Institute and the Sendzimir Foundation presents a wide selection of NBS that exemplify high climate mitigation potential and applicability across a range of urban contexts.

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Training of quarter managers for energy-efficient urban neighbourhoods

Integrated Perspective – Training of Quarter Managers for Energy-Efficient Urban Neighbourhoods

The EUKI project “Training of Managers for Urban Redevelopment in Lithuania” focused on an integrated approach to energy-efficient urban redevelopment. The project with the Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO e.V.) helped building and strengthening capacities at the responsible authorities, at other stakeholders like the Association of Lithuanian Cities and Municipalities (LSA) and especially in the municipalities themselves. Thus, the project sustainably closed the gap in trained staff in the municipalities and addressed the Lithuanian government’s challenge of integrated approaches to energy-efficient urban renewal. The report summarises the work and results of the project.

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Training of Managers for Urban Redevelopment in Lithuania

The Political Economy of Energy in Central and Eastern Europe

Report: The Political Economy of Energy in Central and Eastern Europe – Supporting the Net Zero Transition

In this report, the think tank E3G analyses political and economic factors influencing the energy system transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and summarises similarities and differences between Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The analysis clearly shows that the conditions for energy system transformation in the region are improving. The report identifies a number of policy measures that can accelerate energy system transformation and secure Europe-wide support for better climate action.

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Accelerating the Energy Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and Learning from the German Experience

Briefing: The Just Transition Fund – 4 Benchmarks for Success

Briefing: The Just Transition Fund – 4 Benchmarks for Success

On July 16, 2019 Commission President von der Leyen announced in her political guidelines the creation of a “Just Transition Fund”. This fund has since become an important element of the negotiations on the European Union’s budget and climate policy. This briefing by Rebekka Popp and Pieter de Pous (E3G) sets out four benchmarks for designing the governance structure of the fund to make sure the EU moves faster towards climate neutrality.

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Accelerating the Energy Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and Learning from the German Experience

EUKI Press Review 4/2019

EUKI Press Review 4/2019

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 October to December 2019.

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Recommendations on the Future CAP and Climate Policies

Report: Recommendations on the Future CAP and Climate Policies

Agriculture is a crucial, yet often neglected, piece in the puzzle of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as defined in international agreements. The study by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and BirdLife Europe shows that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union and the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) lack attention to climate action in agriculture. The report also shows that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture are more complex than in other sectors, as they largely include gases other than CO2, with different warming impacts and atmospheric lifetime. The challenge is enormous and the answer must be comprehensive and ambitious: All sectors, including agriculture, must contribute. In this way, the CAP could become a strong lever for climate action.

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