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General Information Climate Initiative

What is the Climate Initiative about?

Climate protection is a global task for society as a whole. Through the Climate Initiative, the Federal Environment Ministry has initiated and supported many projects on emissions reduction, energy efficiency and the expansion of renewable energies both nationally and internationally since 2008. The German government's Climate Initiative is financed with budget funds. Additional means stem from the Special Energy and Climate Fund. Within the framework of the Special Energy and Climate Fund all revenues from emissions trading have been available for measures geared towards transforming the energy system and for domestic and international climate protection since 2012.

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The Federal Environment Ministry's National Climate Initiative contributes to a successful transformation of the energy system. Existing potential for emissions reduction is tapped in a cost-effective way and innovative programmes and projects for climate protection are promoted. This paves the way to reaching the ambitious national climate protection goals stipulated in the Energy Concept: a 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by 2020, a 55 percent reduction by 2030 and an 80-95 percent reduction by 2050, compared to 1990 levels.

At the same time, the International Climate Initiative strengthens Germany’s bilateral cooperation with developing, newly industrialising and transition countries in the field of climate protection and supports the ongoing negotiation process for a comprehensive global climate agreement.

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The German government's climate protection policy

National Climate Initiative

At national level the Federal Environment Ministry supports effective climate protection measures through various programmes and projects in municipalities, in industry, for consumers and in schools and educational facilities. The National Climate Initiative's programmes promote

  • climate protection in municipalities, and in social and cultural institutions
  • innovative projects in industry and in the consumer, education and municipal sector
  • highly efficient small combined heat and power systems (mini CHP systems) and
  • commercial cooling and air-conditioning plants.

European Climate Initiative

The overarching goal of the European Climate Initiative is supporting cooperation on climate action within the European Union by intensifying transboundary dialogue and exchange of experience and knowledge. Priorities are capacity building and the creation of networks for governmental and private key actors to help achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions and establish good framework conditions in other EU member states. The approach of learning from one another aims to encourage a more active exchange of good practices that will help implement German and European climate and energy targets.

International Climate Initiative

The Federal Environment Ministry's model climate projects under the International Climate Initiative are geared towards meeting the needs of the partner countries and supporting climate protection measures, in particular reducing greenhouse gases, improving adaptability to the consequences of climate change and conserving and using climate-relevant areas which merit protection. The Initiative therefore also supports the implementation of the Copenhagen Accord and facilitates consensus-building regarding an ambitious post-2012 climate agreement. It is part of the German contribution to fast-start financing, the commitment of industrialised countries in the Copenhagen Accord to financing immediate climate protection measures in developing countries until 2012.

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Last update: 07.04.2017

National Climate Initiative (NKI)


European Climate Initiative (EUKI)


International Climate Initiative (IKI)