BEF Germany is active in the fields of energy and climate change since many years. In the past years we have predominantly carried out projects dealing with energy efficiency in the building sector. The building sector offers substantial saving potentials through better insulation, more efficient technologies and changed consumption behaviour of the inhabitants.
Measures for better energy efficiency are almost always win-win-solutions as the saved energy does not only relieve the household budget but contributes to climate protection as well. Energy efficiency is of enormous importance in many Central and Eastern (CEE) European countries, as the energy prices have risen significantly during the last years. A large share of the building stock is still in need for upgrading; renewables are not yet used to a large extent and many CEE countries depend on energy imports.
Our new projects deal with the effects of climate change on European islands and possible adaptation strategies. In Belarus, we are working on climate adaptation strategies for cities and municipalities within the framework of the “Covenant of Mayers” Climate protection programme.