What is ECF4CLIM?

The acronym ECF4CLIM comes from the full project name A EUROPEAN COMPETENCE FRAMEWORK FOR A LOW CARBON ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH EDUCATION. The ECF4CLIM project aims to develop education in order to advance sustainable way of life.

The international web site of the project:

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 (PI)
Terhi Nokkala (co-PI)

Anna Lehtonen
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.
    We use GreenComp (JRC2022) as a springboard in this work.
    - EN-GreenComp.pttx
    - ES-GreenComp.pttx
    - PT-GreenComp.pttx
    - RO-GreenComp.pttx

  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.

Our first results  - ECF4CLIM roadmap for sustainability



ECF4CLIM roadmap full version (our report)
ECF4CLIM short version

PowerPoint slides

ECF4CLIM-roadmap slides for you to use (.pptx)

Videos about ECF4CLIM roadmap

YouTube channels ECF4CLIM and ECF4CLIM Finland

 Research ethics

EN-Research Notification and Privacy Notice
ES-Notificación de la investigación & Descripción del tratamiento de datos personales
PT-Notificação de investigação e descrição do tratamento de dados pessoais
RO-Notificare de cercetare și sescrierea prelucrării datelor cu caracter personal