Drivers of climate innovation in Europe and beyond

Launched in 2010, Climate-KIC is one of the three original Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) set up by the EIT. Climate-KIC's mission is to bring together, inspire and empower a dynamic community to build a zero carbon economy and climate resilient society

Our vision is to enable Europe to lead the global transformation towards sustainability.

Our Co-location Centres or ‘innovation factories’ are based across Europe and led by world-class universities and companies. Our regional innovation communities, which are led by local or regional governments, support the testing, implementation and scaling up of innovation.

Climate-KIC has an integrated community of 190 partners in six geographies:

  • Mediterranean: France, Italy, Spain
  • North-Eastern: Germany & Poland
  • Benelux: the Netherlands & Belgium
  • Alpine & Hungary: Austria, Switzerland,
  • Nordic: Denmark, Sweden & Finland
  • UK & Ireland  

Connecting research and technology with business

Climate-KIC links research, technology and business to find ways of mitigating or adapting to climate change and accelerating the solutions to market. Our business model has three areas of expertise.

In innovation we identify and develop the market potential of emerging technologies, creating new products, services and jobs in Europe with a global impact on climate change.

In education we recruit, nurture and develop entrepreneurs to become agents of change. Our courses combine climate change science and entrepreneurship with a practical programme of learning-by-doing featuring real-life challenges and innovation projects.

In entrepreneurship we open up the market for small businesses and start-ups working in the area of climate innovation, providing the opportunities and practical tools to turn ideas into commercial success.

Educational programmes

We offer added value to Master’s and Ph.D. degree programme at the best academic institutions across Europe as well as an annual summer school. Our pre-incubation programme the Greenhouse helps you explore your business ideas. We currently have 155 PhD students and 288 Master's students. 


We address climate change mitigation and adaptation under four themes:

  • Urban Transitions: We develop integrated, interoperable, scalable and replicable systemic solutions to underpin the carbon-negative, responsive, resilient cities of the future.
  • Sustainable Production Systems: Low-carbon value chains based on the circular economy and bio-economy are the future foundation of Europe’s industry.
  • Decision Metrics & Finance: Decision-makers, investors and high-carbon consumers are confident and committed to climate action, unlocking finance and driving the climate-relevant economy.
  • Sustainable Land Use: Land-use climate mitigation and adaptation functions strengthened through innovative tools and systems that articulate new value chains and contribute to green growth.

Success stories

  • Innovative start-ups supported: 76
  • Knowledge transfers and adoptions: 127
  • Products and services supported: 71
  • Graduates from Master's School in 2015: 96
  • Graduates from PhD School in 2015: 21
  • Educational courses offered: five global courses, six short courses, seven Innovation Building Blocks, three Innovator Catalysts