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A Positive Result

A Positive Result

After three years, the evaluation team for the National Climate Protection Initiative (Nationale Klimaschutzinitiative, NKI) has drawn a positive balance across all government-funded areas: economy, consumers and communities. All analysed criteria (impact of climate protection, relevance, broad effect, and economic impact) were rated positively overall. In its October issue, the journal "Umwelt" published an article about the final conference of the NKI-project with the title: "A positive result".

For the further development of the NKI, the need for support of innovation on climate protection and a focus on public discussions concerning climate protection measures were highlighted.

In its October 2012 issue, the journal "Umwelt" published an article about the final conference of the NKI evaluation with "A positive result" as the title. The current issues of the Journal Umwelt can be purchased on the website of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

Since the very beginning of the National Climate Initiative (NKI in German) in 2008, its wide range of support programs and projects were accompanied by evaluations. The findings of the consortium, to which Ecologic Institute belonged, were presented at the conference 100% Climate Protection: Evaluation of and Prospects for the National Climate Initiative in Berlin on 27 August 2012. On the whole, the NKI was rated as being efficient and successful. Suggestions for improving the NKI were also integrated by the BMU throughout the entire process with the first improvements having been implemented soon after the release of the first interim reports. The NKI was evaluated according to the following criteria: impact of climate protection, relevance, broad effect, and economic impact. It is estimated that within the first three years, 1.4 million tons of CO2 emissions were prevented in all NKI-funded domains of economy, consumers and communities. The overall founding of 400 million Euros generated gross investments of 5.2 billion Euros and created up to 35,000 fulltime jobs.

Information campaigns and many different projects aimed at establishing an awareness of climate protection reached up to 12% of the households in Germany and approximately one in five communities across the country. Through the use of different approaches, like education offers and support during the implementation of new energy management systems, an additional 38,000 companies were reached. For the further development of the NKI, the consortium highlighted the need for support of innovation on climate protection with the potential of a broader implementation in the future and a focus on public discussions concerning mitigation measures for climate protection.

At the final project conference, Federal Environmental Minister Peter Altmaier summarised the results of the evaluation of the NKI as being positive on the whole. He highlighted the importance of promoting and actually implementing climate protection initiatives, for example in schools and municipalities since every input, no matter how small,  help bring investments in efficiency measurements one step forward. The NKI will become a key component in the pursuit of reaching the national climate protection goals of the German Federal Government. For the further strategic development of the NKI, the BMU will continue to be advised by a consortium.

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Citation: BMU 2012 (ed.): „Eine positive Bilanz“. Umwelt, No. 10/2012, 41-43.

Publication Link: https://www.bmu.de/service/publikationen/zeitschrift-umwelt/bestellformular/
Publisher: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Year: 2012
Pages: 41-43
Language: German
Published in: Umwelt
Issue: 10/2012
Place (of publisher): Berlin
ISSN: 0343-1460
Reference type: Journal article
Price: 1,78 Euro

Keywords:
Adaptation, Environment, economy, climate change, climate mitigation, community, communities, consumer, National Climate Mitigation Initiative, local climate protection, schoolsGermany
Project:
Strategic Development of the National Climate Initiative