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EUKI Networking Conference 2021. Fit for Climate Action –Together for a Climate – Neutral Europe 23-24 November 2021

The EUKI Networking Conference 2021: Fit for Climate Action was intended to facilitate the exchange between EUKI project implementers as well as representatives of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), EU Commission, the EUKI Secretariat, and the municipal level. Representatives of ongoing and completed EUKI projects were invited to participate in and contribute to the discussion on what the pathway to a climate-neutral Europe could look like.

The EUKI Networking Conference 2021 presented a lot of interesting topics and interactive workshops, networking experts, practitioners giving them opportunities to exchange points of view on climate protection issues.

During the two-day EUKI conference, many inspiring speakers presented their approaches, practical solutions, and their innovative ideas for the European path towards net-zero.

Among different topics, the new EU regulations under the so-called ‘Fit for 55 package’ were also presented.

As part of the European Green Deal, with the European Climate Law, the EU has set itself a binding target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. This requires current greenhouse gas emission levels to drop substantially in the next decades. As an intermediate step towards climate neutrality, the EU has raised its 2030 climate ambition, committing to cutting emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

The EU is working on the revision of its climate, energy, and transport-related legislation under the so-called ‘Fit for 55 package’ in order to align current laws with the 2030 and 2050 ambitions. A number of new proposals are also included in the package.

For more information about the ‘Fit for 55 package’ please follow here.

During the second day of the conference, there were interesting workshops where anyone could join. The individual workshop sessions covered topics such as:

1. The energy transition in the Balkans: Lessons for leapfrogging?

2. Citizens’ involvement in EU climate policy making  – insights from the Conference on the Future of Europe.

3. Improved communications for climate mitigation practices in agriculture.

4. European hydrogen markets and infrastructures

5. Tools for the efficient allocation of EU funds.

6. Green entrepreneurship as an engine for transition.

7. Energy cooperatives in Central and Eastern Europe as a means to empower local communities in their sustainable transition.

8. How to integrate food into climate protection and climate change into sustainable nutrition? Linking of two transitions.

9. Europe on Rail: Strengthening the European spirit with a rail renaissance.

10. Policies and Communication Strategies to Better Shape Building Renovation in the CEE Region.

11. Refugee Rights’ Defenders for European Climate Law.

12. Vertical communication and collaboration for climate action.

13. Addressing climate change and environmental-related issues through child-led advocacy efforts.

14. Experiences of the projects advocating for the energy transition in the Western Balkans.

On behalf of the EUKI, we invite you to watch EUKI’s film promoting various projects supporting climate neutrality.

On behalf of the EUKI, we encourage you to participate in different climate protection events.

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