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EUKI Brochure Climate Action Connecting Europe

Climate Action Connecting Europe – EUKI Brochure 2021

The second EUKI brochure presents all the projects funded since 2019, with clear information about the wide range of approaches to climate action in Europe. Find out more about the major milestones of the last two years, the steadily growing EUKI Academy and project successes in the various countries.

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The New Jobs: Transition from Coal to a Modern Economy


The New Jobs: Transition from Coal to a Modern Economy

Historically, the job-creation has always been preceded by losing jobs. In global science and practice there is no univocal position on the decisions to be made in this process.

This report by WWF Bulgaria under the scope of EUKI project Regions and Municipalities for a Just Transition examines in how far lost jobs in the Bulgarian coal sector are replaced by newly created modern economy jobs. According to the authors, one of the key components and counteractions to this socio-economic transition process is the implementation of a just transition to a clean, circular economy in the context of the European Green Deal.

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Regions and Municipalities for a Just Transition

Commercial Prosumers as Catalysts for Solar PV Adoption in South East Europe


Commercial Prosumers as Catalysts for Solar PV Adoption in South East Europe

The solar PV market in the South East Europe (SEE) region is on the cusp of a significant transformation, driven by a combination of factors including stronger project economics, the improved availability of financing, as well as rising electricity and carbon prices. Overarching these local market dynamics, there is the increasingly urgent imperative to decarbonize the electricity mix in the region.

This analysis by E3 Analytics and Agora Energiewende under the project South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue focuses on the rise of commercial prosumers in four countries across the region: Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania. While each country has a different electricity market and faces unique challenges, the economic fundamentals of customer-sited solar PV investments have entered a promising new phase.

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South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue

Status of the Territorial Just Transition Plans in central and eastern Europe


Status of the Territorial Just Transition Plans in Central and Eastern Europe

In this paper, CEE Bankwatch Network analyses the state of the TJTP’s design in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. It first describes the formal design of the processes in each country, which, although similar, involve different actors and timelines. Bankwatch also take a look at how the working groups, set up to inform and design the plans, are currently functioning, and what they need to effectively influence the plans. In the next section, the paper analyses the instruments used in each region to ensure participation, highlighting what works well and what works less well. Finally, the paper concludes with recommendations for national authorities and the European Commission, based on the three biggest threats to the quality of the TJTPs:  poor participation, a disproportionate influence of industry and a narrow focus on job creation.

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Status of the Territorial Just Transition Plans in central and eastern Europe

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Promoting Renewable District Heating


Promoting Renewable District Heating – Seven Policy Recommendations

The heating transition is an indispensable building block to achieve climate neutrality. The long investment
cycles in this area, coupled with the high risk of carbon lock-in, make it particularly important to act
quickly. This also applies to district heating. Germany and the EU must urgently abandon the complex
system of subsidies in favour of fossil heat that is currently in place. Environmental Action Germany (DUH) makes in this paper seven recommendations to government that can make district heating a pioneer in decarbonising building heat.

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Promoting Renewable District Heating – Seven Policy Recommendations

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Ready for the Wave? Overlooked aspects of the Renovation Wave Initiative


Ready for the Wave? Overlooked aspects of the Renovation Wave Initiative

While the Renovation Wave includes many promising initiatives and shows forward-looking thinking on the part of the Commission, many details are still unclear and significant gaps remain. In particular, legislation on building circularity and life-cycle approaches should not be postponed to after 2023. Also, fighting energy poverty should be an integral aspect of EU policy design, particularly regarding current plans to adopt a carbon price for heating and transport. The design of compensation mechanisms for low income households facing rising heating expenses should not be left to Member States. Kickstarting a sustainable heating transition requires much broader changes than the Renovation Wave foresees as the current regulatory framework offers numerous advantages to fossil heating. In this background paper, Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe, DUH) highlights three areas of the Renovation Wave initiative that have received comparatively little attention but are nevertheless crucial to the overall success of the initiative: Circular buildings and life-cycle approaches, kickstarting a sustainable heating transition and the social dimension of energy renovation.

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Ready for the Wave? Overlooked aspects of the Renovation Initiative

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Distribution Grids and Electromobility – Planning and Development


Distribution Grids and Electromobility – Planning and Development

The electrification of the transport sector is one of the most effective and fastest methods of transport decarbonisation. The efficient development of electric vehicles will require well-planned and wisely developed grid infrastructure, which until now has not been adapted to handle such a large scale of new equipment. What does the expansion of electromobility mean for the energy system? How will grids cope with the rapid development of this field and how do we plan their future growth?

This study by Forum Energii analyses several scenarios for the development of electromobility and the impact of their implementation on national distribution grids. As part of the Int-E-Grid EUKI project, it offers an assessment that focuses on the challenges for distribution networks associated with the development of electric transport. The implementation of the discussed scenarios along with the decarbonisation of the energy mix will allow for the reduction of GHG emissions from transport by up to two-thirds by 2050.

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Distribution Grids and Electromobility – Planning and Development

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Int-E-Grid: Powering Electromobility in Poland and Germany

Building Capacity for Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation to contribute to long-term Climate Planning in Visegrad 4+2


Long-term Climate Planning in Central Eastern Europe – Project Report

According to the EU Governance Regulation, Member States were required to prepare (and submit to the European Commission by 1 January 2020) national long-term strategies (LTS) to present their climate and energy transition pathway, with a perspective of at least 30 years, towards the target of the EU 2050 climate neutrality.

This report summarizes the achievements of the EUKI project Capacity Building for Ambitious Long-Term Strategies, implemented by CAN Europe together with MTVSZ – Friends of the Earth Hungary, Center for Transport and Energy (Czechia) and Institute for Sustainable Development (Poland) that aimed on improving the quality of these long-term decarbonisation strategies in six Central Eastern European countries – Czechia, Hungary, Poland, as well as Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia – by enhancing a multi-stakeholder dialogue on a cross-sectoral approach to long-term planning and developing positive narratives on the co-benefits of climate action and energy transition for the economy and society.

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Long-term climate planning in Central Eastern Europe – Project Report

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Capacity Building for Ambitious Long-Term Strategies

EUKI Press Review Q4/2021


EUKI Press Review 4/2021

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 Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) 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 2021.

EUKI Press Review 3/2021


EUKI Press Review 3/2021

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 Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) 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 July to September 2021.

EUKI Press Review 2/2021


EUKI Press Review 2/2021

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 Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) 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 2021.