European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
The Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) established the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) to cooperate even closer in the development and implementation of EU climate policy. Through EUKI, climate actors can learn from each other; the initiative supports inner-European dialogue, the exchange of good practice, awareness raising, and knowledge transfer.
Objectives and target groups
Specifically, projects supported within the EUKI need to contribute to the following objectives:
- Strengthening knowledge and awareness raising in order to encourage climate protection and the ecological, social and economic opportunities connected with climate action
- Fostering the exchange of good practices, transfer of knowledge and experience and building of networks in order to support transformative processes and favorable framework conditions for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
- Building a bridge to EU programmes through capacity building as well as concept and project development to leverage European funds into innovative and progressive climate action
Target groups of individual bilateral and multilateral measures are governments, municipalities, civil society, consumers and businesses. The primary focus will be on collaborating with Central, Eastern and Southern EU member states.
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.See more