EUKI Success Stories

Every day, many exciting things happen in the almost 100 EUKI projects that advance climate protection in Europe. Many completed projects continue to have an impact, and ongoing projects trigger new events. Some stories stand out from the multitude of activities because they are particularly successful or simply because they have made a difference in a small way. We have put together some pleasant success stories from the EUKI community and will always add new examples to them.

Escape Game Worms and Metz

Escaping the climate crisis with good ideas

Visitors of Escape Games in Worms and Metz could time travel from the future into 2019 to stop the climate crisis. Film fans enjoyed the green and borderless "Eco 2 Rives" film festival in the French and German neighbouring cities Straßburg and Kehl. These and 16 other actions were implemented as part of the ideas competition of the Franco-German Energy Transition Week; most of them in a cross-border tandem.
1. September 2020

Climate-friendly lunch

School canteens can significantly reduce their emissions by taking simple measures. The CLIKIS project has built on the experiences of a German project and carried out train-the-trainer activities to achieve a wide reach for climate-friendly school canteens in Poland.
28. July 2020
IJP Climate and Arts Night

Award-winning reporting

EUKI bursary winner Gergely Nagy won an award for Hungary’s best energy reporting in 2019. He was one of 14 participants in the 2018 EUKI exchange for journalists from central and eastern Europe, giving them an opportunity to find out more about climate change mitigation and environmental protection in European countries.
28. July 2020

Good investment

The ALLIES project has stimulated investment in local energy efficiency projects worth a total of EUR 1,076,500. The projects, including the installation of solar energy plants, are being implemented in Germany, Hungary and Poland. Projects worth EUR 255,000 have already been completed, with projects involving investment of a further EUR 821,500 currently under way.
28. July 2020

Recognising employment potential

YesClima demonstrates how climate change mitigation can go hand in hand with employment policy. In Cadiz and Athens, where youth unemployment is high, 22 young people have been trained to carry out energy audits independently. Many schools that have undergone audits are benefiting, but the scheme also boosts the long-term employment prospects of the young people themselves.
28. July 2020
Energy Scouts are team players (©Földgászállító Zrt)

Good for resources and finances

Young Energy Europe is enabling companies to save money but also to significantly cut their emissions. In the first year alone, 101 young employees from 41 companies in four countries have taken part in training on energy and resource efficiency, equipping them to identify energy saving potential in their own companies. Improved processes have had a beneficial financial impact in many companies, boosting the acceptability of climate change mitigation measures.
28. July 2020
Electric Bus Epernay

Climate change mitigation concerns us all

Over 5,000 local people took part in a wide range of activities organized as part of the Franco-German Energy Transition week. 100 organizations conducted a total of 83 events in 70 French and German cities. People are enthusiastic about borderless climate action – and the topic is very much in line with the European ideal of cooperation.
28. July 2020

Sustainable districts

20 out of 60 Lithuanian municipalities have taken part in a wide-ranging training programme on integrated local rehabilitation management. 36 municipalities have devised programmes to rehabilitate 113 districts. Project manager Knut Höller of Housing Initiative Eastern Europe (IWO e.V.) says the project 'serves as an example for other countries in eastern Europe'.
28. July 2020

Healthy and ultra-local

The Frutti per la Biosfera project involved 1,500 students from 11 schools in Sicily planting their own school gardens and visiting a range of organic farms. They got to know ancient cereals of Sicily or how to easily trace the origin of eggs. Through the practical part of the project, the children will then learn how to act sustainably and how to actively support climate protection themselves.
28. July 2020

Children plant trees

Over the next 40 years, 2,497 newly planted oak trees will bind 600,000 kg of CO2 in Sicily. 2,497 schoolchildren each planted a tree, learning more about the importance of healthy forests for the climate and the dangers of climate change. They will benefit from what they have learned and from the positive impact of more trees.
28. July 2020