What is ECF4CLIM?

The international ECF4CLIM project aims to develop education in order to advance sustainable way of life.

The funding of the project is part of the European Green Deal, which forms a European roadmap to towards a greener future. In collaboration with schools, students and teachers, the ECF4CLIM project aims to construct a description of the sustainability competencies as part of a European Competence Framework.

In addition to University of Jyväskylä, the ECF4CLIM includes partners from Spain, Greece, Portugal, Romania and Hungary. The project members in FIER are associated with the JYU.Wisdom- School of Resource Wisdom in University of Jyväskylä.

Research Group (FIER)

Hannu L. T. Heikkinen
Anna Lehtonen
Terhi Nokkala
Niina Mykrä

Project duration

1.10.2021 – 30.9.2025


EUR 4.9 million
FIER share EUR 1 million


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 10103650.

What do sustainability competences mean?

  • What kind of sustainability competences should education foster?
  • What kind of knowledge, skills and attitudes do individuals and communities need to move towards a more sustainable way of life?
  • We aim to design, test and validate a description of sustainability competences as part of the European Competence Framework, ECF.

The project builds sustainable practices

  • to empower the educational community to take action against climate change and towards sustainable development and
  • to promote a change towards a more ecologically, socially and economically sustainable future

Project aim and approach

The project adopts a multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary and participatory approach, which makes use of crowdsourcing and co-designing best practices. Applying a novel hybrid participatory approach, rooted in participatory action research and citizen science, ECF4CLIM co-designs the ECF in selected schools and universities, by:

  1. elaborating an initial ECF, supported by crowdsourcing of ideas and analysis of existing ECFs;

  2. establishing the baseline of individual and collective competences, as well as environmental performance indicators; 

  3. implementing practical, replicable and context-adapted technical, behavioural, and organisational interventions that foster the acquisition of competences; 

  4. evaluating the ability of the interventions to strengthen sustainability competences and environmental performance; and 

  5. validating the ECF.