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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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Just Transition and Employment in Greece


Just Transition and Employment in Greece

Shifting towards cleaner energy resources and moving away from fossil fuels is an urgent task that must be well-prepared in order to ensure both efficiency and justice while avoiding grave social and financial consequences.

This report by WWF Greece under the scope of EUKI project Just Transition for the East and South of Europe examines the lignite phase-out efforts in Greece and the accompanying changes in the employment landscape. Greece announced the closure of all lignite-fired power plants by 2028. WWF contributes to this goal by sharing knowledge on the process of a just transition. The purpose of the study is to strengthen the effort of helping out lignite regions in Greece by way of creation of jobs as well as by developing the potential for growth of a lively economy.

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Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe

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)

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)

EUKI Press Review 4/2020


EUKI Press Review 4/2020

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 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 Dezember 2020.

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EUKI Press Review 3/2020


EUKI Press Review 3/2020

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 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 2020.

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Benchmarks for Assisting Coal Workers Coal Workers in a Just Transition


Benchmarks for assisting coal workers in Just Transition

In 2021, most EU Member States are developing Territorial Just Transition Plans for their coal regions to access the EU Just Transition Fund. This report by Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G) presents benchmarks for EU member states to consider when closing the coal sector.

Three cases of coal-exits in Spain, Canada, and Germany provide criteria for policy which supports coal workers, communities and regions in the transition period. The criteria consider the complex and varying needs of younger and older workers and the responsibility of companies in providing uneployment means.

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Accelerating the Energy Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and Learning from the German Experience

Improving climate and sustainability corporate disclosure policies to enable sustainable finance


Improving climate and sustainability corporate disclosure policies to enable sustainable finance

This report by Frank Bold presents an in-depth assessment of climate and environmental disclosures of 303 companies from Southern, Central and Eastern Europe published in 2020 pursuant to the EU Nonfinancial Reporting Directive (EU NFRD).

The aim of this research is to support companies as well as policymakers and supervisors in their mefforts to implement the EU NFRD, and substantiate the discussion on the legislative changes and standardisation of sustainability reporting.

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Improved Sustainability Corporate Disclosure Policies

Renovation – Landscape of climate finance in the Polish buildings sector


Renovation – Landscape of climate finance in the Polish buildings sector

In the coming years, Poland will gain access to unprecedented funds for thermal modernization of buildings. Limited monitoring of financial flows in the area of buildings renovation creates a risk of only partial and inefficient use of this opportunity. This report by WiseEuropa, NewClimate Institute and I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics analyses the available data on financing of low-carbon investments in order to better understand the processes taking place in the Polish buildings sector in recent years and to correctly define future challenges and opportunities for the policy makers, public and private sectors, and financial institutions.

The report emphasizes that buildings renovation does not only play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it can also be a stimulus for the recovery of the European economy after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Landscape of Climate Finance: Promoting debate on climate finance flows in Central Europe

See No Evil


See No Evil – How a lack of transparency could dash EU hopes for a green pandemic recovery

In May 2020, the European Council announced it would provide an extraordinary EUR 750 billion in recovery funds to Member States to help facilitate the European Union’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. It was announced that the largest share of this recovery package, known as NextGenerationEU, would be channeled through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), providing EUR 671 billion in financial support for reforms and investments in green and digital related areas to ensure a sustainable economic recovery. In this report, EUKI partner CEE Bankwatch examines in how far the recovery funds are in danger of being used as a ‘trojan horse’ for financing unsustainable projects under the pretense that this is necessary for a successful economic recovery.

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Umgang mit dem Klimawandel in Städten – politische Instrumente zur Förderung städtischer naturbezogener Lösungen (Polnisch)


Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Policy Instruments to Promote Urban Nature-based Solutions (Polish)

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are solutions that are inspired and supported by nature. Although significant potential exists, NBS remain underutilized by cities as solution to address climate change. Barriers that have prevented wider uptake in the European context include a lack of relevant experience with and knowledge of NBS planning and implementation as well as a shortage of locally adapted policy instruments to support mainstreaming across sectoral policies.
This guidance document, published by Ecologic Insitute and the Sendzimir Foundation, responds to these gaps and highlights a range of policy and supporting instruments relevant for NBS design, implementation and maintenance. The guidance aims to support policymakers, city officials and local citizens and initiatives in the design and implementation of such policy instruments for increased NBS implementation. Each instrument is briefly described, including how it works and what benefits it can deliver. Case studies from Germany and Europe showcasing how different cities approach NBS and foster their integration into their policy frameworks illustrate each of the instruments.

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