Innovation for climate action
EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Climate-KIC identifies and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. EIT Climate-KIC believes that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.
Mission, Vision, and Values
Our vision is a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society with a circular, net-zero emissions economy by 2050.
Our mission is to catalyse systemic change through innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions – cities, land use, materials, and finance – and to create climate-resilient communities.
Our promise: Transformation, in time, through innovations
- 370+ leading partners
- EUR 550+ million investment attracted to start-ups
- 2 000+ full-time jobs created
- 17 000 participants in our education activities
- 1 000+ innovative start-ups
- EUR 3.4 billion climate funding leverage
- 367 new products and services
- 25 climate impact assessments completed with climate impact. Potential assessment 911 000 tons CO2
Based on our 9+-year track record in climate innovation, we have learned that climate innovation efforts need to focus on the cultivation of an innovation ecosystem capable of convening and catalysing large communities to innovate for systemic change. Such systems innovation activities need to emphasize integrated interventions in economic, political, and social systems along whole value chains through a portfolio of deliberate and connected innovation experiments.
Areas of Focus
Cities – creating the climate-resilient, zero-carbon towns and cities of the future
Sustainable Production Systems – fostering innovation to reduce industrial carbon emissions
Decision Metrics & Finance – unlocking finance for climate action
Sustainable Land Use – accelerating climate-smart agriculture, sustainable food, and climate-resilient forests
Deep Demonstrations – EIT Climate-KIC’s response to the climate emergency has been to focus our efforts on systems innovation, to generate options and pathways for radical transformations in whole countries, cities, regions, industries, and value chains.
EIT Climate-KIC Education – With a focus on real-life challenges and learning by doing, EIT Climate-KIC’s online learning, and professional development and graduate school programmes are the most transformative of their kind
Entrepreneurship – Our programmes have supported more than 2,000 start-ups, making the EIT Climate-KIC start-up community one of the largest worldwide. Our start-ups are leaders in their fields. In the last three years, almost 20 Climate-KIC-backed entrepreneurs have been honored in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list
Research and Innovation – We work on an innovative model of knowledge exchange and technology transfer called the knowledge helix. In this model, there are flows of knowledge and experimental learning between government, academia, industry, and civil society, feeding back on strategy and decision-making to create socially accountable policies and practices
EIT ClimateKIC News
January 30, 2024
The Systems Transformation Hub, a pioneering venture designed to drive systemic solutions for Europe, was launched on 24 January 2024 at the European […]
October 20, 2023
The European Commission has awarded ten cities with the EU Mission Label as part of the NetZeroCities programme lead by EIT Climate-KIC. The EU Mission Label is […]