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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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Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Catalogue of Urban Nature-based Solutions


Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Catalogue of Urban Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based solutions (NBS) 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.
This catalogue presents a wide selection of NBS that exemplify high climate mitigation potential and applicability across a range of urban contexts. The catalogue offers ten examples of multifunctional NBS that cities can implement as well as ten case studies of complex nature-based solutions applications which show how NBS can be combined together to create systemic solutions that address multiple urban challenges in parallel – at sites as small as a playground or as large as an entire city.
The catalogue, published by Ecologic Insitute and the Sendzimir Foundation, is designed to support planners, designers and landscape architects in various sized urban areas in Europe and beyond in applying NBS instead of or alongside traditional approaches. At the same time, the publication is written in an accessible manner and can be used to introduce various audiences to the concept, applications and benefits of urban nature-based solutions.

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Climate Mitigation through Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Poland: Harnessing knowledge and experiences for climate-resilient cities (Climate NBS Polska)

A State Aid Framework for a Green Recovery


A State Aid Framework for a Green Recovery

This report by Agora Energiewende and Client Earth was published without any financial contribution from EUKI.
There is widespread acknowledgement that Europe’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must be green. What is intended – and what this report calls “Green Recovery” – is a design of European and national recovery programmes that not only “do no harm” to the climate and the environment but also positively targets investments in and support to those industries and technologies that contribute to meeting Europe’s pledged decarbonisation objectives.
The report, entails concrete recommendations for further developing the EU Commission’s State aid rules and decision-making practice, in order to ensure that the EU’s internal market becomes a powerful lever to advance EU climate and energy transition objectives.

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Making State Aid Work for the Decarbonisation of Europe

Building Local and Regional Institutions for Energy Efficiency


ALLIES Whitebook: Building Local and Regional Institutions for Energy Efficiency

This Whitebook is the centrepiece of the ALLIES project (Activating and Learning from Local Investment in Energy Savings). It is conceptualized as guidance for successful implementation of the Locally-rooted Financing Entity for Energy Efficiency (LFEEE) concept in many other countries, regions and legal frameworks. It describes main challenges one faces when establishing an LFEEE to foster energy efficiency – irrespective of country, region or legal context. Moreover, it entails policy recommendations formulated for Poland and Hungary which are in most cases valid for other countries as well. Additional to this, the political and legal contexts for the establishment of LFEEE and energy efficiency measures in Germany, Hungary and Poland as well as typical financial frameworks for implementing energy efficiency projects are described. The ALLIES LFEEE model and its implementations is applied to case studies of which each ends with hands on guidance summarized in “Dos and Don’ts” for followers in similar frameworks. The whitebook also entails a practical checklist to structure the establishment of LFEEE.

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ALLIES – Activating and Learning from Local Investment in Energy Savings

Coal phase out in South East Europe


Coal phase out in South East Europe

In this policy note, Agora Energiewende and Klimapolitika map energy-economic facts of a coal phase-out in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania with funding needs to enable a Just Transition in the respective mining regions and mirror them with the proposed EU’s Just Transition Fund. It derives conclusions whether the fund can provide sufficient support for a coal phase-out and a just transition. It first summarises the expected impacts of a coal phase-out in the three countries. It then assess the scope and the level of funding, and conditions attached to the use of funding from the perspective of these three South East European member states to determine whether the funding is in line with their needs.

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South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue

An Assessment of final NECPs in South East Europe


An Assessment of final NECPs in South East Europe

In this report, Agora Energiewende examines whether the final National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted to the European Commission by Bulgaria, Greece and Romania stack up against long term decarbonisation targets in the energy sector.
The NECP of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania have improved in terms of their contributions to addressing climate mitigation compared with their draft versions. The plans have taken on board the recommendations of the Commission. In particular, the NECP of Greece stands out within the region in terms of phasing out lignite from the electricity system and through the achievement of a high share of renewables in electricity and heating and cooling.

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South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the European Green Deal


The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the European Green Deal

In this report,  the Energy Policy Group (EPG) examines the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the European Green Deal and puts a focus on Romania and Southeast Europe.
The COVID-19 outbreak prompted governments worldwide to impose unprecedented restrictions on travel and economic activity. Coupled with a drop in global oil prices, which it largely caused, this crisis is producing imbalances in the energy sector, affecting both investments and the transition to decarbonisation. The dip in carbon prices, also a result of lower energy demand, shows the adversarial impact that the coronavirus crisis can have on the recently launched European Green Deal.
The authors conclude that, in order to address this multifaceted crisis, an economic recovery plan should be designed to take into account both the more limited resources for countries in the Southeast Europe and the need to safeguard long-term climate objectives. Emergency short-term solutions for combatting the immediate social and economic risks of the coronavirus crisis should be combined with a set of policy and regulatory revisions that can ensure a smooth and sustainable post-crisis recovery.

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South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue

Vision Workshop Toolbox


Vision Workshop Toolbox

The ambition of the European Union to be climate neutral by 2050 is an important element of the EU’s climate policy and contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement. Yet across Europe there are varying levels of awareness and understanding of climate neutrality. With BEACON’s Vision Workshop Toolbox for Inspired Collaboration on Climate Neutrality, we seek to make the topic more tangible for stakeholders like pupils and local citizens across Europe. The Toolbox provides methodological guidance for anyone who seeks to implement a vision workshop by outlining the structure and methods facilitators should employ. It include six chronological modules as well as 27 methods with detailed instructions that can be selected to create a tailored workshop experience. Ultimately the vision workshop format and Toolbox facilitate the development of innovative, locally rooted visions for climate neutrality based on a varied, bespoke mix of methods and materials to match the target audience.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Vision Workshop Toolbox (Bulgarian)


Vision Workshop Toolbox (Bulgarian)

The ambition of the European Union to be climate neutral by 2050 is an important element of the EU’s climate policy and contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement. Yet across Europe there are varying levels of awareness and understanding of climate neutrality. With BEACON’s Vision Workshop Toolbox for Inspired Collaboration on Climate Neutrality, we seek to make the topic more tangible for stakeholders like pupils and local citizens across Europe. The Toolbox provides methodological guidance for anyone who seeks to implement a vision workshop by outlining the structure and methods facilitators should employ. It include six chronological modules as well as 27 methods with detailed instructions that can be selected to create a tailored workshop experience. Ultimately the vision workshop format and Toolbox facilitate the development of innovative, locally rooted visions for climate neutrality based on a varied, bespoke mix of methods and materials to match the target audience.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Vision Workshop Toolbox (Romanian)


Vision Workshop Toolbox (Romanian)

The ambition of the European Union to be climate neutral by 2050 is an important element of the EU’s climate policy and contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement. Yet across Europe there are varying levels of awareness and understanding of climate neutrality. With BEACON’s Vision Workshop Toolbox for Inspired Collaboration on Climate Neutrality, we seek to make the topic more tangible for stakeholders like pupils and local citizens across Europe. The Toolbox provides methodological guidance for anyone who seeks to implement a vision workshop by outlining the structure and methods facilitators should employ. It include six chronological modules as well as 27 methods with detailed instructions that can be selected to create a tailored workshop experience. Ultimately the vision workshop format and Toolbox facilitate the development of innovative, locally rooted visions for climate neutrality based on a varied, bespoke mix of methods and materials to match the target audience.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

Vision Workshop Toolbox (Polish)


Vision Workshop Toolbox (Polish)

The ambition of the European Union to be climate neutral by 2050 is an important element of the EU’s climate policy and contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement. Yet across Europe there are varying levels of awareness and understanding of climate neutrality. With BEACON’s Vision Workshop Toolbox for Inspired Collaboration on Climate Neutrality, we seek to make the topic more tangible for stakeholders like pupils and local citizens across Europe. The Toolbox provides methodological guidance for anyone who seeks to implement a vision workshop by outlining the structure and methods facilitators should employ. It include six chronological modules as well as 27 methods with detailed instructions that can be selected to create a tailored workshop experience. Ultimately the vision workshop format and Toolbox facilitate the development of innovative, locally rooted visions for climate neutrality based on a varied, bespoke mix of methods and materials to match the target audience.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)