Europe's leading knowledge and innovation community focused on climate change
Climate action in the UK and Ireland
The UK and Ireland is the most dynamic region in the world when it comes to climate action. Britain was the first country ever, in 2008, to set legally-binding targets for CO2 emissions reduction. In 2018 Ireland passed the world’s first fossil fuel divestment bill. In May 2019 Britain was the first to declare a national climate emergency (after protests by the UK-based Extinction Rebellion campaign group). Ireland was the second, nine days later. The UK has won the bid to host the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), which is designed to produce an international response to the climate emergency.
About EIT Climate-KIC
EIT Climate-KIC UK & Ireland is the regional branch of Europe’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through systems innovation. EIT Climate-KIC uses a portfolio approach to the development and deployment of innovation to achieve systemic change; we build portfolios of connected innovations across technology, policy, finance, citizen engagement and other relevant levers of change. These portfolios test diverse ideas and approaches simultaneously in order to generate options and pathways for the transformation of whole systems and value chains.
To harness the power of demand for catalysing large-scale change, we work with Europe’s most ambitious ‘challenge owners’ (i.e. city mayors, regional leaders, government ministers and CEOs of major companies who have committed to rapid and transformative change agendas) to develop place-based or value-chain responses to climate emergency.
EIT Climate-KIC UK & Ireland
Working with city-regions: Our approach in cities is (1) to identify the complex nature of the climate and economic challenge in a particular region, as well as local strengths in the climate economy, and then (2) to work with partners to convene a portfolio of connected innovations, spanning education, skills, policy and regulation, citizen engagement, technology, finance and many other levers of change, to (3) unlock exponential increases in decarbonisation and resilience, and related economic opportunity, through rapid, whole systems transitions.
Students, entrepreneurs, funders and innovators of all kinds can get involved in EIT Climate-KIC’s work, through education and entrepreneurship programmes, innovation grants, deep demonstrations of systemic change, and more:
- Are you a city leader interested in delivering a net zero-carbon, resilient future for your city or region? Get in touch to find out more about ‘deep demonstrations’ and other whole systems initiatives.
- Are you a funder interested in shaping and scaling mission-led programmes for large-scale climate impact? Get in touch.
- Visit our offers page to get involved in our community through education and entrepreneurship programmes, Calls for Proposals and other evolving opportunities.
- Sign up to our quarterly newsletter to stay up to date with the latest opportunities to get involved.
Please explore our main website and UKI sub-site to understand our work and find your place in it.
“Climate-KIC empowered us by making vital connections, pushing us to have the highest impact – to reverse emissions.”Dr. Saskia Visser Programme Lead Sustainable Land Use, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen University & Research
“For us, Climate-KIC brings key resources and knowledge to the table with both independence and global reach”Dickie Whitaker Chief Executive, Oasis Loss Modelling Framework
“Thanks to its top level European network and innovation framework support, Climate-KIC enables us to accelerate eight French start-ups per year.”Pierre Nougué President, ECOSYS Group
“Climate KIC introduced us to the start-ups that are really going to help drive the circular economy.”Stuart Ferguson Head of Investment at LWARB
“Climate-KIC has established itself as a key player in the low-carbon economy. ”Paul Dickinson Executive Chair of CDP