13.09.2022 | IKI Medium Grants for 2022 now open

Funding is available for projects designed to develop local climate action measures by and for young people as well as innovative cooperation between civil society and the private sector.

22.07.2022 | One Health: a healthy environment is key to human health

German Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke recently attended the Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Rwanda, where she also gave a keynote introducing the ‘Nature for Health’ multi-partner trust fund.

08.07.2022 | Energy investment package for emerging and developing countries

Dhe Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) will provide an additional EUR 126 million for decarbonisation in emerging and developing countries through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The countries are to receive support in phasing out fossil fuels and the dependence on imported energy with rising world market prices.

30.05.2022 | International climate change mitigation: launch of the ‘Urban Living Lab Center’

The ‘Urban Living Lab Center’ was officially launched in May 2022. This  took place at an event organised by International Climate Initiative (IKI), under the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) at the premises of Zukunft - Umwelt - Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH in Berlin. Corinna Enders, Executive Director of ZUG, welcomed a delegation of the project partner organisations to this event, including Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN Habitat.



23.08.2021 | PtX Lab Lausitz opens in Cottbus

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Brandenburg’s Business and Energy Minister Jörg Steinbach today opened PtX Lab Lausitz, an applied research lab for the production of fuels and raw materials from green hydrogen in the region Lusatia (Lausitz), Germany.

28.05.2021 | BMU makes 2020 climate investments of over 600 million euros in developing countries and emerging economies

The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) investments in international climate projects reach a record high. The necessary recovery after the pandemic will therefore be combined with ambitious climate action and biodiversity conservation.

29.04.2021 | National Climate Initiative moves to ZUG

On 1 January 2022, ZUG takes over management of the National Climate Initiative (NKI) from the current project management agency Projektträger Jülich (PtJ).

11.11.2020 | International Climate Initiative (IKI) starts thematic all for project outlines on sustainable recovery

IKI funding programme aims to support emerging market and developing economies manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

18.08.2020 | Sharing Experience – managing innovation. International Climate Initiative 2017 to 2019

With the report "Sharing Experience – managing innovation. International Climate Initiative 2017 to 2019", IKI provides an insight into the comprehensive changes to the funding instrument in recent years.

20.05.2020 | Federal Environment Ministry launches call for funding under grant programme against marine litter

Marine litter is one of the world’s largest challenges for environmental policy. Plastic waste in particular causes huge environmental harm. To safeguard the functions of oceans, the Federal Environment Ministry is, for the first time, launching a call for funding under its grant programme against marine litter.

14.02.2020 | ZUG coordinates new IKI support programme for civil society

With the launch of the IKI Medium Grants, ZUG manages a new climate protection funding programme of the BMU, which supports global climate and biodiversity protection in developing and emerging countries.

07.12.2019 | IKI: New support programme for local small-scale projects in developing countries

At the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid today, the Federal Environment Ministry, together with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), presented its new support programme for local projects that protect the climate and biodiversity.

11.11.2019 | New call for project ideas under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) with funding of 240 million euros

The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) has launched a global competition to find the best ideas for international climate action.

04.07.19 | IKI launches new call for programme ideas for partner country India

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) has published a new call for funding. The Federal Environment Ministry is seeking ideas for two bilateral programmes with India as part of its country-specific selection procedure. The ideas should support the country in the implementation of its own Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the National Biodiversity Strategy (NBSAP) and the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the areas of afforestation and energy storage.

26.03.19 | International climate Initiative: Launch of thematic call for project ideas for global climate action and biodiversity conservation

The Federal Ministry for the Environment Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has launched a new call for project ideas on ambitious climate and biodiversity conservation in developing countries and emerging economies. The ministry is seeking ideas for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote adaptation to climate change or support biological diversity. The call is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and is coordinated and implemented by the ZUG.

29.01.2019 | Climate protection in Industry: ZUG builds a new competence centre in Lausitz

On behalf of the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH has commenced work on creating a competence centre on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries (Kompetenzzentrum für Klimaschutz in energieintensiven Industrien (KEI)). In close collaboration with research institutions, industrial enterprises and organisations at national, EU and international level, the KEI will develop technology-based, market-oriented solutions for use in decarbonising energy intensive processes – in the steel and cement industries, for example.

10.01.2019 | ZUG starts the new year with additional funding programmes

Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH will initially provide largely administrative and substantive support for BMU funding activities. In doing so, it will manage concrete activities and projects to implement a wide range of key policy aims in the areas of environment protection, nature conservation and climate change. Award, administration and implementation of national and international projects form an integral part of the work performed by ZUG.

15.12.2017 | German Federal Environment Ministry founds project management agency Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH (in German)

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) founded a federally-owned company in September 2017. Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH aids BMU in promoting environment protection, nature conservation and action to halt climate change. The project management agency will largely perform administrative and managerial tasks involving selected funding programmes run by BMU.