What is the National Climate Initiative?

Since 2008, the National Climate Initiative (NKI) has supported climate action projects and thus a liveable and sustainable future. What exactly is it? Find out more here.

Illustration: Erneuerbare Energien unter einer Lupe© BMWK

Climate action begins at your own front door. The National Climate Initiative (NKI) offers many ideas for municipal climate action and supports ensuing projects through funding.

Almost 40,000 climate action projects were launched between the start of the Climate Initiative in 2008 and the end of 2021. Each one is a building block on Germany’s way to achieving its 2045 target for climate neutrality. The main focus of the municipal funding helps to anchor climate action locally and make it tangible for the public. A number of projects can also be used as blueprints for other regions and are creating incentives for municipalities, businesses and consumers to follow suit.

National Climate Initiative significantly reduces CO2

The NCI funding of climate action projects has achieved a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions totalling around 12.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (net over the period of effect). And that figure doesn’t include a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 18.9 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (gross over the period of effect), contributed via non-investment related projects.
The NCI projects are backed by around €1.35 billion in funding, which in turn has triggered total investments of over €4.3 billion. Every euro of NCI funding has thus mobilised more than three times the amount of funds for climate action. The impact of the Climate Initiative is also depicted in the corresponding evaluation reports, which, alongside a complete overview, also include the results of individual funding programmes.