Title Training course for local climate protection managers in Central Europe
Project Number 2011-1-AT1-LEO05-04880
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Scientific evidence for the impacts of climate change has grown in the last years. Municipal and local authorities were identified as key players to implement necessary measures to achieve energy and emission reduction targets. Therefore they need to be equipped with key competences and skills. Klimabündnis, together with umweltberatung, has developed a curriculum which is about climate change, climate protection, politics and activities on local and regional level.
The project’s main aim was to transfer the course to Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, to refine the course and to reinforce exchange among course participants and various stakeholders. The impact results from educating regional key decision makers, who can motivate the inhabitants to live more sustainable lifestyles and trigger similar activities in other municipalities. On the individual level, participants are important role models for a knowledge based sustainable society closely linked to active citizenship.
Scientific evidence for the negative impacts of climate change has grown in the last years. The EU has reacted with an ambitious climate and energy policy. Municipalities and local authorities were identified as key players to implement necessary measures to achieve ambitious policy targets due to their responsibilities that directly interlink with potential energy and emissions savings. However, municipal decision-makers need to be equipped with the necessary key competences and skills.
To fill this gap, the project coordinator, Climate Alliance Austria, has developed a curriculum for the target group of municipal decision-makers and staff, together with “umweltberatung”, a certified Austrian environmental educational institution. It is about climate change, climate protection, climate politics and activities on local and regional level. It offers formal and informal didactic approaches such as lectures, presentation of best practices, flexible interactive and self-study elements integrating the course into the world of work.
The project’s main aim was to transfer the course to the three neighbouring countries Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, to add an eLearning and evaluation tool and to reinforce multinational exchange among the course participants and various stakeholders.
The consortium partners from four partner countries combined broad expertise in climate issues with educational backgrounds and long-term expertise in working with municipalities. They were also well-linked with ministries, NGOs, universities and companies (e.g. technology providers).
The main tangible outcome was a tested, evaluated and certified curriculum offered in the partner countries materialized by an exploitation plan.
The main impact of the project resulted from educating municipal key staff/key decision makers, who will implement measures significantly contributing to EU energy and emission reduction targets. These municipalities, as positive examples, can motivate the inhabitants to live more sustainable lifestyles and trigger similar activities in other municipalities. On the individual level, course participants are also important role models for a knowledge based sustainable society closely linked to active citizenship and further career steps can transfer their competences to other sectors.
Utilization and distribution of results
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
open and distance learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
transparency and certification
program or curricula
The main results are
-a core curriculum including aims, pedagogical methodologies as well as learning strategies/outcomes and course schedules. Based on this core curriculum 4 national curricula, adapted and fine-tuned for the partner countries, considering special national requirements, were drafted.
- 1 training course per country was conducted educating 78 local climate protection managers in 4 countries.
- to provide participants all necessary course materials and information and to interlink participants of the 4 countries an online platform was established enabling discussions and experience exchange between the participants. Further a special survey-tool supported attendant evaluation to constantly improve course quality. Finally a website was developed announcing the courses and course schedules of all countries and giving the possibility to register.