About the EUKI
The framework for an ambitious climate policy in the European Union (EU) was created at the latest with the European contribution to the international Paris Agreement. The EU and its Member States are committed to a binding target of an at
least 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gases emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. By 2030 the share of renewable energies in total energy consumption is set to rise to at least 27%. In addition, an indicative target was set for energy efficiency in the EU requiring a reduction of 27% in energy consumption compared to the expected trend. The energy efficiency target is to be revisited before 2020 with a view to raising it to 30%. This target architecture is the basis for the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) which the EU submitted to the international process in advance of the Paris Agreement.
The European Union now faces the clear expectation that it will implement the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package in an ambitious and robust manner and will establish coherence between the European climate policy and decisions from Paris.
The EU ranks as one of the worldwide pioneers in climate action. It is important to maintain this pioneering role by decisively implementing the climate goals. Implementation and joint further development of climate policy continue to be a challenge for all EU member states, even if they differ widely in their initial situation. Dialogue, reciprocal learning from good examples, awareness raising and knowledge transfer, strengthening climate policy capacity in EU member states, a mesh of numerous cooperative arrangements in the form of networks between state, municipal, civil society, economic and education policy actors within the EU are important requirements for getting closer to the goal of a greenhouse gas neutral EU in the long term.
The issue of climate protection has great potential for Europe. Climate protection is not only ecologically essential, but can help Europe as a location for industry and European technological leadership by promoting innovation, opening up new markets, attracting investment and ultimately creating jobs. Climate protection also has many positive side effects, e.g., energy cost savings for households and companies, improved air quality for cities, including the associated improvement in the health of inhabitants. Not least, the European pioneering role in climate protection is an important positive point of identification with the EU, particularly for young citizens.
EUKI is following two approaches: projects and programmes are put out to tender in the order of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)’s priorities, while projects of non-profit organisations are promoted with a competition for project ideas.
Thematic areas for bilateral and multilateral EUKI projects are developing climate strategies and implementing these at various levels, exchanges on climate policy instruments, measures and projects in all relevant sectors: energy, industry, transport, private households, commerce, trade and services, waste, agriculture and land use. The EUKI also promotes cross-cutting projects between these sectors, e.g. climate-friendly urban development. Also, educational work and awareness-raising on climate change and climate protection are central thematic area for the EUKI.
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