Since 2008, within the frame of the National Climate Initiative, the Federal Ministry for the Environment has initiated and funded numerous projects which have contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Their programmes and projects cover a broad range of climate protection activities: from developing long-term strategies through to concrete aids and investment-related funding measures. This diversity is a guarantee for great ideas. The National Climate Initiative contributes to anchoring climate protection locally. Consumers benefit from it as well as companies, municipalities, or educational institutions. Through its climate protection efforts within the framework of the National Climate Initiative and as an innovative individual project the Stromspar-Check Kommunal makes an important contribution to reaching Germany's climate protection targets.