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Municipal energy planning and energy management experience in Germany


Municipal energy planning and energy management experience in Germany

The present analysis report provides an overview of best practice examples in German municipalities with a focus on the most successful energy management systems, technical solutions and implementation approaches, including an evaluation of organisational structures, planning processes, instruments used and financing possibilities. It describes the most important components of municipal energy management in Germany and presents three municipalities in southern Germany that have introduced successful municipal energy management actions. Moreover, a closer look at individual aspects of municipal energy management is taken and the relevant features and challenges in the three municipalities studied are discussed. As a result recommendations are derived how the approaches from Germany can be adapted to the conditions and requirements in Bulgaria.

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How to (not) phase-out coal: Lessons from Germany for Just and Timely Coal Exits


How to (not) phase-out coal: Lessons from Germany for Just and Timely Coal Exits

The age of coal in Europe is coming to its end. Coal is increasingly becoming unprofitable compared to renewable energies and is viewed as a financial risk by investors. Moreover, political and social barriers to the coal phase-out continue to exist. Past experiences show that phasing out coal is a difficult process particularly in countries that rely heavily on coal for electricity generation. The decision of Germany, the second largest coal country in the EU, to exit coal sends an important signal globally. However, while the German coal phase-out provides German coal regions with support to move beyond coal, it also has many weaknesses that other countries seeking to chart their path out of coal should be careful not to replicate. This paper offers nine lessons from the German experience that can serve as benchmarks for just and timely coal phase-out processes elsewhere.

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

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Campaigning for climate change mitigation

PNEC, Energy Cities, and adelphi have compiled a catalogue of ideas for local climate campaigns, activities, and initiatives that can be adapted to each municipal context. The catalogue covers four main categories, spanning from distribution of different types of printed formats, to tips on engaging citizens via social media, climate friendly gadgets, climate-focussed games and more. The catalogue draws from initiatives and best practices implemented around Europe and links the reader to the tools necessary for your next climate-inspired activity!

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

LENA Handbook (Czech)


LENA Handbook (Czech)

The handbook provides schools and school administrators with suggestions for the implementation of energy saving projects in schools. It supports the implementation of user behaviour training, education and simple technical measures. The handbook is designed for all groups of people who learn and work at school: Primary and secondary school teachers, school administrators, caretakers and janitors as well as school administrators in the districts and municipalities.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Europe’s Economic Recovery – How can the Recovery and Resilience Facility support achieving climate neutrality?


Europe’s Economic Recovery – How can the Recovery and Resilience Facility support achieving climate neutrality?

In 2020, the European Council agreed on an unprecedented EU recovery package – dubbed Next Generation EU. This agreement contains elements that will advance EU climate policies. However, if it is to pave the way to climate neutrality by 2050, it needs to improve. This paper investigates how the EU recovery package can support achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
The paper is part of the project “Building bridges — High Trust Network with Conservative Groups for Ambitious Climate Action”, funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).

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High Trust Network for Ambitious Climate Action

Indicators Manual ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE IN THE COMMUNITY (Czech)


Indicators Manual ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE IN THE COMMUNITY (Czech)

The set of indicators builds on existing environmental education measures that convey content and skills, particularly in the areas of climate protection, climate impact adaptation and energy system transformation, but also in other areas of Education for Sustainable Development. The “Young Citizen Science” approach is particularly new and of considerable interest in the present handbook: A large number of indicators are collected and evaluated by the young people themselves.Such participation contributes to sustainability and democracy education and supports the development of participation.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Cautionary Tales


Cautionary Tales

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 is an element of the European Green Deal, the flagship initiative of the European Commission to address climate change and environmental degradation in the EU and beyond. Yet, too often governments in central and eastern Europe, the Balkans and the eastern Neighbourhood plow head with projects harmful to the environment and at odds with EU legislation, sometimes with the support of EU funding.
Consequently, Bankwatch conducted nine case studies in central and western Europe and the Balkans with the aim to investigate whether the cases provide a cautionary tale to the EU in formulating its new biodiversity strategy. The study illustrate why it is necessary for the Commission to use the new Biodiversity Strategy to strengthen its commitment to implementing and enforcing new legislation and policies that protect biodiversity in EU Member States and the EU’s neighbourhoods. Based on this, the publication offers a set of recommendations how the new EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 can make good on the European Green Deal.

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Territorial Just Transition Checklist


Territorial Just Transition Checklist

The European Council decided to reduce the Just Transition Fund for the period 2021-2027 from EUR 40 billion to 17.5 billion. According to the authors, this might discourage some regional governments, which began seeing the transition as an opportunity, not only a challenge. Therefore, it is now even more important that the Fund only supports projects leading to climate neutrality. Investments must create quality jobs as quickly as possible, but they shouldn’t rely on the Just Transition Fund alone – the Cohesion Policy has many instruments to support the transition of coal regions.

The checklist comprises, among others: concrete indicators that the Territorial Plans should include, for example when it comes to emissions and jobs; criteria on how to make sure the Plans do not support polluting or dated industries in the regions; specific advice on how to make participation work.

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Participatory Toolbox for Energy Communities


Participatory Toolbox for Energy Communities

The toolbox provides various instruments to support initiators of community energy projects to engage others in their project. It presents multiple tools that might be helpful in initiating and managing an energy community. To demonstrate in more detail in what different circumstances a specific tool may prove useful, the toolbox also showcases different examples.

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Energy Communities on Greek Islands

EUKI Press Review 2/2020


EUKI Press Review 2/2020

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 2020.

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