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Discussion Input: Stakeholder Consultation in Developing Climate Strategies: Insights from Experiences in Germany and France

Meeting the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement requires profound changes to current patterns of socioeconomic development including consumption, employment, and infrastructure affecting all parts of society including stakeholders. This following brief describes the organisation and structures of these stakeholder consultation processes and draws lessons from them. This paper is part of EUKI project Climate Recon.

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CLIMATE RECON 2050 – Intra-EU Exchange to Raise Awareness and Build Capacity on Long-Term Climate Strategies


Factsheet: Latvian Energy Efficiency Facility LABEEF

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The Latvian Baltic Energy Efficiency Facility (LABEEF) is a company that was founded in 2016 to facilitate the deep renovation of the Latvian housing sector, which is dominated by prefabricated high-rise buildings erected between 1941 and 1992 during era of Soviet occupation. LABEEF aims to support energy service companies (ESCOs) that implement renovation measures in multifamily buildings based on energy performance contracting (EPC).

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)


Factsheet: The Swedish Climate Act

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. To achieve net-zero-net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, Sweden’s Climate Act introduced in 2018 establishes an enhanced climate governance framework. The Climate Act stipulates a set of climate reporting obligations for the government, including a climate report to be presented with the yearly budget bill and a requirement to align climate policies and budgetary decisions. Every four years, a climate action plan is to be developed. The climate policy framework is expected to facilitate the adoption of ambitious climate measures and is a key component of Sweden’s efforts to implement the Paris Agreement.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)


Factsheet: Green Savings Programme in the Czech Republic

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The New Green in Savings Programme (NGiS, 2014-2021) of the Czech Republic financially supports renovation, efficient heating systems and nearly zero energy buildings in the area of residential buildings. It is the programme with the highest potential to reduce GHG emissions in the building sector in the Czech Republic and obtains most of its financial resources through EU ETS auction revenues. Forecasts say that it may well reduce GHG emissions by 1 MtCO2e per year until 2020 with a cost efficiency of 150 EUR/ per tCO2e.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)


Briefing: Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Organic Soils in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities

This policy brief explains the importance of greenhouse gas emissions from organic soils, describes recent policy frameworks, discusses weaknesses in the National Inventory Submissions of EU countries, and provides recommendations to improve reporting. The publications is a result of the EUKI project on Paludiculture.

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INVESTIGATE – Improving National GHG Inventories for Organic Soils and Mitigation Potential


Factsheet: The Climate Change Act in the United Kingdom

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The UK’s Climate Change Act, adopted in 2008, is one of the first comprehensive climate change laws and is generally seen as a ground-breaking piece of environmental legislation. It established an effective institutional structure and changed the overall political debate on climate policy.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)


Factsheet: The Energy Transition for Green Growth Act in France

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The ‘Loi relative à la transition énergétique pour la croissance verte’ (LTECV) or Energy Transition Act is a recent French climate law, building on previous climate and energy legislation and establishing a comprehensive list of targets and measures extending beyond a pure climate framework law. It is a vast legal document incorporating not only matters relating to climate change mitigation, but general policy pathways towards low-carbon economic development. These provisions range from compliance and reporting mechanisms, to detailed methods of governance, to green innovation incentives and retro-fitting subsidies.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)


Factsheet: The Slovak Sustainable Energy Financing Facility

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The Slovak Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (SlovSEFF) was one of the first credit lines by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with private industrial companies and housing associations. With the support of local banks and obligatory technical assistance it channels financing to sustainable energy projects reducing GHG emissions. SlovSEFF has supported more than 700 energy efficiency projects and sustainable energy investments that make energy lower emissions-intensive worth over EUR 200 million in total, resulting in combined annual energy savings equivalent to the total household electricity consumption of a city the size of Bratislava.

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Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)


Publication: Heroes of Just Transition

‘Heroes of Just Transition’ features seven stories from coal communities around Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the challenges they face as they move away from coal and the solutions they find – sometimes even in spite of resistance from the central governments. The Bankwatch publication was launched during the side event ‘Local communities build a post-coal future’ at the COP24 in Katowice and tells stories from Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.

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


Discussion Input: Developing Policy-Relevant Narratives Underlying Long-Term Climate Strategies

The Paris Agreement and, recently the European Union (EU) through its new legislation “Regulation for the Governance of the Energy Union”, stipulate upon its parties and members to the EU to develop long-term climate strategies. This note describes the DDPP pathway design framework focussing on the development of narratives to inform policy and stakeholders while incorporating national socio-economic development goals. This paper is part of EUKI project Climate Recon.

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CLIMATE RECON 2050 – Intra-EU Exchange to Raise Awareness and Build Capacity on Long-Term Climate Strategies