Seeking to exchange good practices and collaborate on local climate action, representatives of Bottrop and Agios Dimitrios held their first meeting in Agios Dimitrios, Greece from 22 to 23 November 2018. Participants of the meeting learned about the main climate challenges, goals, and initiatives of the partner city, identified areas of common interest and adopted a preliminary work programme to be implemented in the next two years. The climate partnership is facilitated by the project Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON), financed by the German Environment Ministry (BMU) as part of its European Climate Initiative (EUKI).
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) together with Energy Cities Romania and EnEffect kick-started a new project under the EUKI framework focusing on developing capacity and transferring knowledge to enable municipalities and civil society to integrate building renovation strategies in local and National Energy and Climate Plans.
With the Mayor of Athens in attendance, the first public event of the EUKI project for climate-friendly schools in Greece took place at the end of October this year. The project under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education aims to increase energy efficiency by at least five per cent in 80 pilot schools. School buildings are among the public buildings with the highest level of energy consumption in Greece.
The Federal Environment Ministry supports exchange of experience between Europe’s coal regions. The Ministry’s European Climate Initiative (EUKI) funds projects that develop networks on socially just transition strategies. This includes a study on Silesia presented by WWF Poland at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice.
Representatives of the Municipal Energy Management (MEM) project consortium met for the second time in September 2018 in Maribor, Slovenia, to discuss an initial draft training concept for capacity building in the context of municipal energy management.
The conference ‘Make Climate Visions Become Reality’ held in Innsbruck (Austria) from 7 to 9 November brought together local actors from seven Alpine countries to discuss ideas for joint climate action. Better cooperation and networking should help to tackle the causes and consequences of climate change in the mountains. The conference featured the launch of the Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action (ALPACA).
The Young Energy Europe project combines climate protection and efficiency. Young employees drive the project by measuring energy consumption in their companies and developing potential ways to save energy.
Representatives from local authorities joined 90 children to celebrate the launch of the new EUKI project Frutti per la Biosfera, which promotes environmental education, climate protection and food in Sicily.
Martti Mandel, as Head of the Agricultural Environment Bureau of Estonia’s Ministry of Rural Affairs, works to join up agricultural and environmental issues. In September 2018 he participated in a study tour, Paludiculture in the European Union, which was organised by the Michael Succow Foundation (MSF) and financed by the German Environment Ministry (BMU) under its European Climate Initiative (EUKI).
Five German municipalities have established climate action partnerships with five municipalities from Poland, Romania and Greece and launched cooperation pro-jects. These and 24 other municipalities from Portugal and the Czech Republic are participating in the project Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON) supported by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the Federal Environment Ministry. 55 schools from Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Germany are starting their cooperation projects at the same time. Exchanging experiences on effective climate measures and sensitisation to climate action issues in schools will be at the forefront of their work.