EIT Climate-KIC

Innovation for climate action

EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge innovation community established and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010. Their purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation. They are Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose – a growing pan-European community of diverse organisations united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at the climate change challenge.

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

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We are a community

Our community includes 186 businesses of which almost 3 quarter are SMEs, 36 research/scientific institutions and 63 higher education institutions, and 75 cities, public bodies, and NGOs. We are working with DG Regio on statesand working through the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). The 12 countries included in the EIT RIS to date include: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia.

Climate innovation

Based on our 9+-year track record in climate innovation, we have learnt 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.

How we make impact

Our systems innovation approach is focused around targeted impact goals that we have defined using a Theory of Change approach. Our Theory of Change provides us with a common narrative, showing the connections between our experiments and the net zero emissions and resilience outcomes we want to achieve. All our 12 impact goals are:

  • integrated across cities, land use, industry and finance systems that are at the core of our approach;
  • consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework and New Urban Agenda;
  • aligned with science-based climate targets;
  • directly relevant to Europe’s climate leadership challenge; and
  • focused on areas requiring significant innovation

These 12 impact goals are not intended to be static but must respond to changing needs and changing contexts, including for example, in aligning with missions set by the European Union. Equally, the goals cannot be achieved by EIT Climate-KIC alone, they require a concerted, multi-stakeholder, multi-platform approach. Our Theory of Change does however help to guide us on the systems in which we are working, identify leverage points and provide us with a focus on the outcomes we want to achieve.

Key achievements

  •  360+ 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 tCO2