EUKI – climate protection has many faces

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety invited implementing actors of 64 funded projects from 24 European countries to Berlin on March 5 and 6. State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth and his Romanian counterpart Ion Cîmpeanu held a keynote speech and underlined the common challenges imposed by climate change on European states in the context of the Paris Agreement of 2015.

Together with Frauke Röser from the NewClimate Institute Berlin, the Young Energy Europe Team carried out a workshop on “Sustainable Economy: The Role of the Private Sector and How to Make Finance Ready for Climate Protection”. Frauke Röser presented her work on Paris-compatible investments. The Young Energy Europe team reported on their activities in the project countries and explained the challenging nature of financing climate protecting efficiency projects in firms. The participants engaged into lively discussions on both topics.

Under the slogan “Making Transformation Happen through Strengthening Climate Cooperation within the European Union”, the second annual meeting offered the opportunity for roughly 140 participants to gain an overview on the status of the projects. Specialized actors working on agricultural climate protection in Ireland, the expansion of cycling infrastructure in Slovakia or the financing of energy efficiency measures on Cyprus among others were able to connect and explore synergies across borders and projects.

Bulgarian project actors connect and explore synergies  (© DIHK/Max Junghanns)
Collective visualisation of relations at the annual EUKI conference (© BMU/André Wagenzik)
The mayors Susanne Geils (l.) and Leszek Tabor (r.) of the twin cities Ritterhude (Germany) and Sztum (Polen) on regional climate protection plans (© BMU/André Wagenzik)
Listening, learning and thinking further on the way to a ‘carbon neutral’ world (© BMU/André Wagenzik)