Visions 2045 pursues the goal of accompanying schools on their way to climate neutrality. A holistic approach is taken to make them drivers and role models in reducing their carbon footprint and to engage them in reaching local climate and energy targets in collaboration with local authorities.

As major CO2 emitters in municipalities, schools play a special role: They are large consumers of energy, but they are also the place where future generations are educated. To achieve a transition, to enable them to harness their self-efficacy and to reduce their carbon footprint, a dedicated training approach and manuals are prepared and tested. Based on climate checks and vision workshops in schools, roadmaps are developed. The goals of the roadmaps are then transferred into action plans in which responsibilities are defined. One pilot action per school from the respective action plan is then, together with municipalities and other local initiatives, put into practice. The project empowers different actors to work jointly on a much-needed transition, while schools also benefit from this local network to exchange experiences and new contacts.

Project title: VISIONS 2045 – Schools as drivers to climate neutrality in cities.

Project acronym: VISIONS 2045

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Program: European Climate Initiative (EUKI) 2022

Project duration: 1.11.2022 – 30.4.2025


  • Independent Institute for Environmental Issues e.V. (Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen e.V.), Berlin, Germany

Implementing partners:

  • National Trust Ecofund, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités”, Krakow, Poland
  • Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region, Velenje, Slovenia