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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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WTF is Climate Change?


WTF is climate change?

Despite increasing efforts to mitigate climate change, the problem of global warming cannot be solved by governments alone. It requires the participation of everyone of us.

This booklet from EUKI project “Sustainaware” by Institute for Health and Environment aims to make you ready to become part of the solution to the global warming problem. It contains all the necessary (and more) information about the causes and effects of climate change. Furthermore, at the end of the booklet, you will find a list of suggestions for what you can do personally to protect the environment and our society.

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Sustainaware

Conference on the Future of Europe – The Role of Climate and Energy Policies


Conference on the Future of Europe – The Role of Climate and Energy Policies

This report provides recommendations for the Conference on the Future of Europe (CFE). Under the EUKI project “EU Climate Action Dialogue”, think tanks from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Poland make suggestions on how EU climate policy and the Conference on the Future of Europe can be mutually beneficial. In general, climate policy is an example of advanced citizen engagement, and it provides lessons on how the EU can successfully shape the international agenda. Moreover, climate policy also provides numerous examples of what the EU can achieve when it acts together. With differentiated targets and support mechanisms, climate policies illustrate how the EU can give Member States flexibilities, while ensuring coherence and level playing fields in the EU. The CFE could help frame climate policies as what they should be for the EU – its hallmark.

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EU Climate Action Dialogue

Congregate Set of General Solutions


Completed Set of General Solutions for Renewable Energy Cooperatives

This report sets the foundation for the development of a common framework enabling the mass roll-out of energy cooperatives in the three countries which are particularly engaged under the EUKI CONGREGATE project – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Greece. It starts with a review of the current state of play regarding the EU legislation and its implementation at national level, analysing the existing good practices, identifying gaps and obstacles, and setting expectations for immediate improvements in each of the countries. Based on this, the technological potential for renewable energy production is outlined in relation to the emerging practices of energy cooperatives, employing different organisational and legal forms and adapted to various economic targets and conditions.

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CONGREGATE – Building Renovation and Renewable Energy Cooperatives

Climate Change Challenge


Climate Change Challenge – A Comic Book by EUKI Project BEACON

The Climate Change Challenge comic book follows characters Sofia and her younger brother Gabriel from their home in Portugal on a train journey across Europe. Throughout their journey they learn about the impacts of climate change and how communities across Europe are coming together to combat it. From flooding and forest fires to renewable energy and resilience, the characters learn about climate action in Europe first hand and return home ready to do their part.
Inspired by actions on the ground in BEACON municipalities and schools, this book seeks to convey the spirit of European collaboration and exchange on climate change to a wider audience of school children and adults alike. The story of Sofia and Gabriel was created and brought to life by author Bruno Pinto, Illustrator Quico Nogueira and colorist Nuno Duarte. The book was made possible by Guidehouse as part of the BEACON project.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Climate and Energy Efficiency: We Study the Climate, We Save Energy, We Think of the Future – Climate change and energy efficiency activities in school


Climate and Energy Efficiency: We Study the Climate, We Save Energy, We Think of the Future – Volume 1: Climate change and energy efficiency activities in school

Originally published as part of the EUKI project Towards the introduction of Climate Action in the Educational Curriculum of Bulgarian Schools (TICA) and now translated by BEACON, this publication consists of training materials for teachers of the fifth through seventh grades in Bulgarian schools on the topic of climate change and saving energy. For other countries, the grades of the targeted students might differ depending on the respective education system. The publication is considered as an interdisciplinary (STEM education-based) teachers’ manual for theoretical and practical work in schools on the topics of climate change and energy production and consumption, geography, astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and economics. The publication is structured in two volumes.

This is the first volume, which contains information on all science-related aspects of climate change. Its purpose is to provide teachers with contextual and content information on the topic in a logical and comprehensive manner.

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Towards the introduction of Climate Action in the Educational Curriculum of Bulgarian Schools

Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Climate and Energy Efficiency: We Study the Climate, We Save Energy, We Think of the Future – Volume 2: Methodical materials


Climate and Energy Efficiency: We Study the Climate, We Save Energy, We Think of the Future – Volume 2: Methodical materials

Originally published as part of the EUKI project Towards the introduction of Climate Action in the Educational Curriculum of Bulgarian Schools (TICA) and now translated by BEACON, this publication consists of training materials for teachers of the fifth through seventh grades in Bulgarian schools on the topic of climate change and saving energy. For other countries, the grades of the targeted students might differ depending on the respective education system. The publication is considered as an interdisciplinary (STEM education-based) teachers’ manual for theoretical and practical work in schools on the topics of climate change and energy production and consumption, geography, astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and economics. The publication is structured in two volumes.
This is the second volume, which is the methodological toolbox or teachers’ manual containing the descriptions, worksheets, and templates for all practical exercises with the students. All exercises have been tested in Bulgarian schools.

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Towards the introduction of Climate Action in the Educational Curriculum of Bulgarian Schools

Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Small biogas plants


Small Biogas Plants

This publication by the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (LfL) and the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Technical Sciences addresses farmers, ministries, and professionals in the fields of renewable energies, agriculture, and environmental protection, as well as the general public. Its purpose is to inform these target groups about the importance of small biogas plants for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from animal husbandry.

The brochure explains why small biogas plants matter, what impact manure has on the environment, what the challenges and benefits of biogas plants are, and finally offers two examples of good practice. While including general facts and figures about animal husbandry, manure potentials, GHG emissions from livestock, the publication focuses on the biogas sectors in Germany and Serbia.

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Biogas Initiative for Agriculture

Long-term renovation strategies as key instruments to guide local renovation – Lessons learned from good practices across Europe (EN)


Long-term renovation strategies as key instruments to guide local renovation – Lessons learned from good practices across Europe

Successful implementation of the Renovation Wave is highly dependent on the local level, in particular, the access to funding and the application of innovative instruments in municipalities across Europe. The latest Our Buildings report stresses the importance of Long-term renovation strategies (LTRS) for local public authorities, and shares good practices of financing, data collection and tailored approaches for renovation.

It shows that LTRS should better reflect local circumstances to ensure the implementation of comprehensive, integrative renovation activities at local level, in line with the needs of building owners and residents. The establishment of interactive and trustworthy public consultation processes is important to ensure a detailed and collaborative LTRS process in which municipal concerns and priorities are heard and taken up by national authorities.

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

Nachhaltige Mobilität auf dem Schulweg


Sustainable Mobility on the Way to School

The advancing climate change requires a far-reaching change in our mobility. The choice of transport is a concrete possibility to mitigate climate change. On their daily way to school and to their leisure activities, children often go by car with their parents. This creates even more traffic in front of schools, causing insecurity, noise and emissions that are harmful to health and the climate.

This guide by Guidehouse shows ways in which children and teenagers can make their way to school independently and safely. In doing so, they strengthen their sense of self and responsibility for the environment and contribute to the avoidance of emissions. The guide is available in German and Czech and serves as an aid for city administrations, schools, teachers, parents and pupils and includes a collection of concrete examples from Pirna (Germany) and Písek (Czech Republic).

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Guide to Virtual Collaboration


Guide to Virtual Collaboration

This guide, compiled by Guidehouse in the framework of EUKI project BEACON, provides an overview of advices for virtual collaboration. The trend towards more virtual events due to the pandemic is likely to manifest. Recent developments in communication technology have increased the number of benefits of digital tools, such as saving CO2 by abstaining from travelling to events.

The publication presents organisational and logistical considerations as well as insights on effective facilitation and tools to enhance the virtual experience. It informs how to foster the potential of virtual meetings to create richer collaboration processes. These guidelines can be used as a resource to design, implement, or supplement a range of virtual events including trainings, on-the-job mentoring, coaching, meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, and more.
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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)