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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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Bürgerenergie – Ein praktischer Leitfaden zur Rückgewinnung der Macht


Community Energy – A Practical Guide to Reclaiming Power

Community energy is key to a decarbonised economy and a crucial step in tackling climate change. Community energy can help rebalance the local and global economy and bridge the gap between urban and rural, north and south, and close the gap between rich and poor — because it empowers local people. Community energy leads to energy democracy, holding the promise of an economy and a society based on cooperation rather than competition.

Friends of the Earth Europe, RESCoop and Energy Cities published an awesome community energy handbook as part of the EUKI project Bringing Germany’s Bürgerenergie to New Regions in Europe. It is a go-to guide, packed with instructions, practical tips and resources how to build a local, community-led renewable energy revolution in Europe.

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Community Energy Guide, English version
Community Energy Guide, French version
Community Energy Guide, Greek version
Community Energy Guide, Spanish version
Community Energy Guide, Polish version I
Community Energy Guide, Polish version II
Community Energy Guide, Romanian version

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Bringing Germany’s Bürgerenergie to New Regions in Europe

Open Book


Financing Climate Action in Municipalities

Municipalities repeatedly cite the lack of funding or difficulty to access appropriate funding as one of the main obstacles to implementing climate change mitigation measures. The BEACON project analysed the financial landscape for municipalities in Poland, Romania, Greece, and Czechia. It looked at the needs and challenges in small and medium sized municipalities. The project also reviewed the opportunities for financing that exist on EU and national levels and via innovative financing instruments. Each report provides a detailed overview of funding opportunities in the respective country and recommendations to administrative staff in municipalities.

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Finance Study Poland, English Version
Finance Study Poland, Polish Version
Finance Study Czechia, English Version
Finance Study Czechia, Czech Version
Finance Study Romania, English Version
Finance Study Romania, Romanian Version
Finance Study Greece, English Version
Finance Study Greece, Greek Version

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

BETTER SCHOOLS – BETTER CLIMATE: Refurbishment Guide for Romanian Schools


Better Schools – Better Climate: Refurbishment Guide for Romanian Schools

Energy performance in Romanian school buildings is still far from adequate. The lack of basic technical system components such as thermostats or flow controls shows that energy efficiency measures in Romanian schools must start at a fundamental level.

The EUKI project BEACON supported energy saving measures in Romanian school buildings between 2018 and 2021. For this purpose, BEACON has created a refurbishment guide for Romanian schools that shall assist technical and administrative staff of local authorities to take the right measures for energy efficiency improvement in schools and where to apply for funding.

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Romanian Version

Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Three4Climate Survey for Cities and Schools


Three4Climate Survey for Cities and Schools

EUKI-Project Three4Climate connects six cities and six schools from Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia to jointly take action towards climate neutrality while the three countries hold the trio presidency of the Council of the EU in 2020 and 2021.
The aim of this survey was to find out what people who live, work, and go to school in the Three4Climate cities think about local climate action and its impacts. The results give an impression of the participants’ wishes for the future and their willingness to contribute to improving their cities’ climate impact. The findings provide local stakeholders the unique opportunity to learn more about their citizens’ views on climate action and to incorporate those into decision-making processes.

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Three Presidencies for Climate: Think European – Act Local

Europe’s Coal Regions: boosting Employment, Environment, Economy through ‘Just Transition’


Europe’s Coal Regions: Boosting Employment, Environment, Economy through ‘Just Transition’

To fight the climate crisis, the European Union has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. A fundamental step on that road is phasing out coal. Therefore, the WWF European Policy Office is calling for EU countries to phase out their coal power by 2030 to fight the climate crisis and uphold the Paris Agreement.

This report from WWF based on input from national consultants, takes an in-depth look at the clean job creation potential in several coal regions like in Eastern Wielkopolska, Poland; Megalopolis, Greece as well as the biggest Bulgarian coal region Stara Zagora.

This publication by WWF was published under the framework of EUKI project Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe and points out how lost coal jobs can be replaced by sustainable new jobs while preserving the environment.

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Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe

EUKI Brochure Climate Action Connecting Europe


Climate Action Connecting Europe – EUKI Brochure 2021

The second brochure presents all projects funded by the EUKI since 2019 and thus vividly presents the diverse approaches to climate action in Europe. You will learn how the EUKI selects projects for funding and organises knowledge exchange in the EUKI Academy. You can also follow the main milestones of the work in 2019 and 2020.
The second part of the brochure presents the diverse EUKI projects on the eight EUKI priority topics, such as energy, mobility or climate-friendly financing. For each topic, the brochure presents individual lighthouse projects and interviews with those involved on the ground.
At the end of the brochure (and here) we listed contact details for all projects and thus provide an overview of the growing EUKI community.

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Fit for society – benchmarks for a social ’Fit for 55’ package


Fit for Society – Benchmarks for a social ’Fit for 55’ Package

With the Fit for 55 package, the European Union is embarking on a deep transformation of its economy which, in turn, will imply profound changes for society. The social acceptance of the package is therefore fundamental to the upcoming negotiations as well as the successful implementation on the ground. In the briefing „Fit for society – benchmarks for a social ’Fit for 55’ package”, E3G proposes five benchmarks alongside concrete recommendations for strengthening the social dimension of the Fit for 55 package.

The E3G- Third Generation Environmentalism Briefing was published within the frame of EUKI project Energy Transformation Debate in CEE and points out directions how the EU climate goals can be achieved by considering social factors.

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Regulatory Framework – Citizens Energy Community in Albania


Regulatory Framework – Citizens Energy Community in Albania

In 2018 the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package acknowledged the right of local communities and citizens to play an active role in the energy sector by defining “Energy Communities”.  During the last years, in Albania, several efforts have been made to sustain economic development and meet the commitments of EU standards and legislation as regards energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) implementation.

This study by Milieukontakt Albania was published under the framework of EUKI project EUCENA and lays out the regulatory framework for citizens energy communities in the country.

Albanian version

EUCENA – European Citizen Energy Academy

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.

English version
Slovenian version
Hungarian version  

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