The "Sustainability Filter for Public Funds" was developed in joint work with WWF Germany against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide deals with the question of how public funds (especially those from funding programmes) can be used in a targeted manner to advance climate protection and other environmental goals.
For this purpose, a multi-stage question and answer procedure was developed that focuses on the purpose of investments and aims to minimise the additional bureaucratic effort for reports and audits. The design of the funding levels is based on the EU taxonomy regulation for sustainable economic activities and explicitly addresses the so-called grey economy.
In the area of publicly funded projects, the following funding levels are distinguished:
The sustainability filter can be downloaded from the website here and contains a number of examples of its application (designed for the German government's first stimulus package in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic).