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European Climate Initiative: A new project with Steinbeis

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22.12.2020: partners of project EDAPHIC-BLOOM DANUBE met to kick-off the new Romanian-German collaboration project of European Climate Initiative. Steinbeis is represented in the project by German Steinbeis Danube Center, the non-profit unit in the group of Steinbeis enterprises, managed by Jurgen Raizner. Also involved in implementing the project will be Steinbeis’ junior international consultant Roxana Boboruta.

Steinbeis is directly involved in generating 2 major outputs:

  • increased competence for the built environment professionals and public officers in the target region
  • dissemination of master plan, action plan & guide to good practices to the stakeholders through efficient dialogue, exchange of good practices, awareness raising and knowledge transfer between cluster members

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Under pandemic restricions, kick-off meeting took place online. Addtional to the experts of involved parnter instituions, various Romanian stakeholders attended the meeting.

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The project: “Ecological resizing through urban and rural actions & dialogues for greenhouse gas mitigation in the Lower Danube Floodplains & Danube Delta” – EDAPHIC-BLOOM DANUBE

EDAPHIC-BLOOM DANUBE targets a wide range of stakeholders in the Lower Danube Floodplain and Danube Delta that will be empowered to contribute towards GHG reduction through decision support tools for sustainable land use management and for reaching energy targets and gain additional co-benefits in this process. By the end of the project, authorities in the target area will have been empowered to make decision related to land use, to develop and implement future renovation projects as part of future energy efficiency action plans on a mission to become carbon neutral, relevant professionals will have significantly increased their competence in shaping the built environment according to nearly zero energy buildings criteria and civil society and stakeholders will have increased their role in the sustainable development process.

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Project aims to boost capacities for Greenhouse Gases (GHG) mitigation in the target region (Danube Delta), through organic soils conservation/restoration and enhancing energy efficiency in the built environment sector. The emissions from organic soils are among the largest GHG sources from the agriculture and LULUCF sector and, yet, these areas of land in the Lower Danube Flood-plain and Danube Delta are increasingly reduced with repercussions on the Carbon balance and climate change. As a consequence, the consortium aims to create a map of soil types in the area and to (subsequently) investigate biomass and plant productivity in their contribution to organic soil formation and carbon sequestration. As a result, a Master Plan for GHG reduction in the Lower Danube Floodplain and Danube Delta will be developed, with realistic land use scenarios for restoration of organic soils in the area.

Steinbeis`main contribution is this project is related towards technology transfer: organize expertise and scientific exchange in line with mentioned subject, engage stakeholders and organize future partnerships according to project results/trends. Jurgen Raizner is member of the Steering Group EDAPHIC-BLOOM DANUBE.

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Consortium is led by Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (DDNI) from Romania. Additional project partners:

  • General Secretariat of the Government – Department of Sustainable Development
  • Romanian Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests
  • Tulcea Municipality
  • National Research and Development Institute for Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Environment (ICPA)
  • National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development
  • University of Applied Science Karlsruhe
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Download: Steinbeis presentation

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Download: meeting agenda

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