Portrait Štěpán Vizi

“Maybe we can benefit from that in the future”

At the #EUKICON22 Štěpán Vizi talked to us about the consequences of the energy crisis in the Czech Republic and how the government and new Czech EU Council presidency are coping with it. He is also talking to us about the role of EUKI in Central Eastern European countries and his Czech German podcast “Karbon”.

This survey by EUKI project Climate Heros tracks the level of awareness and engagement of youth regarding matters related to wildlife preservation, climate change and sustainable development.


Climate Action Connecting Europe – EUKI E-Paper 2022

On the occasion of its 5th anniversary, the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) published an interactive e-paper. In words and figures, it illustrates the idea behind the EUKI and presents two of the 179 climate action projects financed so far. Quotes from Federal Minister Dr. Robert Habeck and the director of the Polish think tank Forum Energii, Joana Pandera, outline the political framework of the initiative. The clickable icons provide you with further information on the annual call for project ideas, the EUKI Academy and the 8 topics of the EUKI.

Enjoy reading the E-Paper

Green innovations for local transformation processes: European startups as drivers for transition

Green innovations for local transformation processes: European startups as drivers for transition

The new issue of Transition, publication series of the FIAP e.V., “Green innovations for local transformation processes: European startups as drivers for transition” is based on the experiences and results of the GreenTecLab project.

Project partners and other important actors provide an overview of the activities in the different regions in the various contributions. Project experience and results are shared and challenges and successes are reported. Furthermore, the articles also explore how green business ideas, innovations and projects contribute to supporting environmental, social, cultural and economic change in the regions.

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GTL – Green Tec Labs

Hungarian EUKI Community Conference 5 & 6 October 2022

From the community

Hungarian EUKI Community Conference:

How can the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) advance climate action
and support implementing organisations in Hungary to contribute effectively to the Fit for 55 packages?

by EUKI Academy / CEEweb for Biodiversity

Organised by the EUKI Academy and CEEweb, the Hungarian EUKI Community Conference will present a unique chance for all Hungarian EUKI projects to network and learn from each other. Next to sharing experiences and good practices, this event contributes to a more continuous flow of information between the EUKI projects. Together we want to develop/build a steady approach to European and national climate policy issues and challenges. This shall also help to increase the effectiveness of the individual EUKI projects.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss current and future challenges to the Hungarian green transition with Hungarian and German representatives. The EUKI project’s lessons learned, success factors and common challenges will be compiled and exchanged. A Climate Action Simulation and a walk-shop around Budapest round up the programme. The organisers CEEweb and EUKI Academy are looking forward to your participation.

See the preliminary programme below (still subject to alterations):

Day 1

9:30 – 10:00       Registration & Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 10:15     Welcome by

  • Ulrike Leis, Deputy Director of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
  • Julia Gross, German Ambassador to Hungary

10:15 – 11:45     Panel discussion: Current chances and opportunities for the Hungarian green transition

                           Moderator: Peter Olajos, President of CEEweb

                           This event will be streamed via the EUKI Academy.

  • Noémi Dálnoky, Hungarian Ministry of Regional Development and Utilization of EU Funds
  • Matthias Casper, Counsellor of European Climate Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
  • Barbara Kovács, Head of the Department for Climate Policy, Hungarian Ministry of Technology and Innovation (TIM)
  • László Szabó, Director, REKK Foundation for Regional Policy Co-operation in Energy and Infrastructure (REKK Foundation)

11:45 – 12:15     Coffee Break

12:15 – 13:45     “ConversTations”, Moderator: Csaba Mezei, General Secretary of CEEweb

                           Introduction of all Hungarian EUKI projects in a gamified manner

13:45 – 15:00     Lunch

15:00 – 17:30     Climate Action Simulation with En-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator

                          Moderated group exercise of interactive climate policy simulation. Commitment is needed by participants

                         to engage for the whole duration of the session.

  • Viktor Jósa, CliMates

18:00 – 20:30     Gala Dinner

Day 2

9:30 – 10:00       Registration & Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 10:15     Welcome and introduction by Aleksandra Khirv, Project Lead CEEweb

10:15 – 11:45     EUKI projects exchange I, Moderator: Aleksandra Khirv, CEEweb

                           Each project shares lessons learned, success factors and challenges before running a quick Q&A session.

  • “From advocacy to implementation. How EUKI projects helped community energy in Hungary”:
    Ágnes-Szalkai Lőrincz and Bence Kovács,
  • “Breaking barriers to low-carbon investment in Budapest”: Ada Ámon, Head of Department for Climate and Environmental Affairs, Municipality of Budapest
  • Making the carbon taxing FAIR”: Anna Bajomi, Habitat for Humanity Hungary

11:45 – 12:15     Coffee Break

12:15 – 13:45     EUKI projects exchange II, Moderator: Aleksandra Khirv, CEEweb

                           Each project shares lessons learned, success factors and challenges before running a quick Q&A session.

  • “Complexity of the biomass energy – lessons learnt”: Adam Harmat, WWF Hungary
  • “How to predict CO2 emissions from transport – TEDiT tool “: Ágoston Princz, CAAG
  • “Consolidating Ambitious Climate Targets with End-Use Sufficiency (CACTUS)”: Mária Bartek-Lesi, REKK

13:45 – 15:00     Lunch

15:00 – 16:30     ”Walk-shop” around Budapest, Moderation: Katalin Tarr, CAAG

                            Guided field visit around Budapest city center with the visit of “good and bad practices” of EU funding allocation in Hungary.

18:00 – 20:30     Dinner

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This paper by EUKI project CACTUS addresses reasons and ways to bridge the gap between energy efficiency and energy sufficiency in policy making.

Please Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood!

Please Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood!

Mystery shopping is a convenient tool that is gaining momentum in the finance sector to understand professionals’ behavior in front of clients. It’s becoming common practice for European regulators dealing with consumer protection issues to integrate mystery shopping in their toolkit.

EUKI Project Sustainable Finance and Consumer Protection conducted a mistery shopping campaign in six European countries focusing on the consideration of clients’ sustainability motivations by financial advisors. The results, presented in the report “Please Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood!”, give an overview of various practices of financial advisors across Europe and challenges the upcoming regulation’s capability to address the most common pitfalls.

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Sustainable Finance and Consumer Protection

What do your clients actually want?

What do your Clients actually want?

The majority of retail clients across Europe have sustainability investment objectives. In climate action policies, however, “sustainable finance” has so far only played a minor role.

To enable financial advisors to better take into account the sustainability goals of their clients in the future, the EUKI project Sustainable Finance and Consumer Protection conducted a survey in six European countries. In its latest report, “What do your clients actually want?”, results from the survey were used to build estimates of potential market shares for different sustainable finance products and thus want clients actually want.

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Sustainable Finance and Consumer Protection

Guidebook Living Streets

Guidebook Living Streets

European cities today are confronted with complex issues in urban planning and other societal issues, such as climate change or migration. Thus, municipalities, companies and residents should work together to find creative solutions to meet these challenges.

As an inspiration to rethink public space in cities, the EUKI project Living Streets by Energy Cities created the guide “Living Streets – From Citizen Engagement To Citizen Ownership: A Guidebook For Municipalities”. It gives step-by-step guidance to identify and create living urban spaces together with the various stakeholders and animates with colorful success stories

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Living Streets


Celebrating 5 Years EUKI

News report

Celebrating 5 Years EUKI


Five years ago today, the first EUKI-funded project started its work: The Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action. Since then, a lot has happened: more than 300 organisations from 31 countries worked together on 157 climate action projects. We take a look back and use this small anniversary to say thank you for five successful years.

Why an European climate action initiative?

In 2017 the German government launched EUKI, two years after the Paris Climate Agreement. In doing so, it set an example in terms of European climate action and supported the idea that EU climate goals can only be achieved if individual countries, as well as civil societies, work together intensively, exchange ideas and support each other. Germany can learn from this, for example, if Poland enhances its heat efficiency or if the just coal phase-out in Bulgaria is advanced by innovative measures. The EUKI has followed this idea to this day and mainly funds transnational projects in which organisations cross-fertilize each other and accelerate climate action across borders. The EUKI has been supervised by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action since the beginning of 2022.

The EUKI community is becoming more European, larger and more diverse

In the first EUKI call for project ideas in 2017, 65% of the project proposals were still submitted by German organisations. In 2021 and 2022, a good 80% of the project outlines came from other European countries. In addition to EU countries, applicants from the Western Balkans and other EU-candidate countries have also been able to participate in the call for project ideas since 2020, enriching the EUKI community.

What are the projects working on?

The majority of EUKI projects work on the thematic blocks of climate policy (33 projects), energy (29 projects) and awareness raising (27 projects). Depending on the current needs in European climate policy, this distribution varies from year to year. An overview of all projects funded by EUKI since 2017 can be found here.

Thank you to more than 150 project teams for a great contribution to European climate action!

The EUKI celebration in pictures: