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 to set legally-binding carbon targets, in 2008. In 2018, Ireland passed the world’s first fossil fuel divestment bill. In May 2019 Britain and Ireland were the first to declare national climate emergencies (after protests by the UK-based Extinction Rebellion campaign group). The UK has now won the bid to host the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), which is designed to produce an international response to the climate emergency.
The UK & Ireland must now turn these bold commitments into transformational change on the ground, to accelerate transition to prosperous, resilient, net-zero-emissions societies.
You’ve declared a climate emergency. What now?
You have daunting choices, and not much time. You may already have a net-zero target in place – but are your timeline and approach aligned with a 1.5C pathway?
As Europe’s largest climate innovation agency we can help you design, build and manage a portfolio of interventions for transformative change.
We work with (1) Europe’s most ambitious challenge owners (city mayors, community leaders, government ministers, industry leaders and CEOs of major companies with high ambition to change), and (2) climate innovators of all kinds (including start-ups, corporates, researchers, educators, artists and social innovators) – to implement bold transformations of entire places and sectors, using systems innovation as our key tool.
What systems innovation means for us
- Securing commitment and intent from challenge owners to work for ambitious, whole systems transformations,
- Mapping the ‘opportunity space’ for change and identifying leverage points for systemic change across old siloes,
- Creating innovation portfolios for systemic change by combining tailored actions across education , entrepreneurship and innovation, drawing on our own sources of innovation and others, and
- Continuous learning to generate actionable intelligence for portfolio composition and policymaking.
EIT Climate-KIC UK & Ireland: Projects and programmes
In the UK and Ireland, we are currently working with four city-regions: London, West Midlands, Edinburgh and Dublin. We also work with partners at the national level to develop concrete responses to climate emergency.
We are interested in expanding and scaling our systems innovation approach into other places and sectors in the region.
Play your part in systemic change
Partner with us, invest with us, fund our programmes, sign up for a course, join a start-up programme, apply for a grant or join a deep demonstration.
Contact UK & Ireland
“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