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 join 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.
During a conference on pioneering regions of the energy transition, held in Paris in early September, French and German local cooperation was celebrated as a way to accelerate the energy transition.
The EUKI project BEACON has released 15 new fact sheets on the effects and transferability of different energy policy instruments.
On 21 and 22 February 2018, the first network conference for EUKI, the European Climate Initiative, will be held in Berlin with the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency in attendance. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Bulgaria’s Deputy Environment Minister Atanaska Nikolova will welcome climate action pioneers from almost every EU member state.
The Federal Environment Ministry’s European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is calling for non-profit organisations to submit project ideas on inner-European cooperation in the field of climate action. The goal of such bi- and multilateral projects must be to strengthen exchanges on climate action best practices and foster climate policy dialogue with other EU member states. The deadline for the submission of project proposals is 16 March 2018. All projects must encompass cooperation between representatives or organisations from two or more EU countries.
People living in the Alps region feel global warming in their everyday lives. Therefore, active towns, cities and municipal associations in the Alpine region are currently establishing a regional partnership for more climate protection. This initiative, developed by CIPRA International, the Alliance in the Alps and the Alpine Town of the Year Association, was presented on 6 November 2017 in the German Pavilion at COP 23 in Bonn. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry, attended the event.