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EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), we identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. We believe that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.

Impact Goals

Urban Transitions

Promote retrofit and decentralised energy
Drive a significant increase in urban retrofit rates and enable district-scale clean energy production, paving the way for deep cuts in emissions.

Create green, resilient cities
Harness the force of nature in infrastructure design to build livable climate-resilient cities.

Accelerate clean urban mobility
Trigger the switch to clean urban mobility to achieve considerable cuts in urban transport emissions.

Sustainable Land Use

Make agriculture climate-smart
Instigate a substantial increase in the application of climate-smart agriculture solutions.

Transform food systems
Transform climate-damaging food value chains and enhance the climate resilience of food supply.

Nurture forests in integrated landscapes
Grow carbon sequestration in forests and linked value chains, while avoiding deforestation.

Sustainable Production Systems

Recast materials production
Catalyse a switch to a circular economy and transform production for fossil-energy intensive materials.

Reduce industry emissions
Partner with key industry stakeholders in cutting scope 3 emissions to reach science-based targets.

Reboot regional economies
Transition carbon-intensive regions to become zero-carbon innovation hotspots.

Decision Metrics & Finance

Mainstream climate in financial markets
Advance metrics, standards and instruments that enable transparent, true-cost and benefit accounting for a well below 2°C pathway

Democratise climate risk information
Enhance access to risk information through capacity building and a major expansion of the climate services market

Foster bankable green assets in cities
Develop capacity in preparing projects and investment vehicles to boost the availability of sustainable investment assets in cities.

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Examples of Trinity’s projects within EIT Climate-KIC

The Accelerator

– an Entrepreneurship programme

EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation. In three stages, this 12-month program brings cleantech start-ups the knowledge, resources, tools and the coaching they need for success.

Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace is running the Irish Accelerator programme for Climate-KIC.  Overall the programme runs in 21 locations across 14 countries.

2020 Stage 3 Cohort


4.5 Trillion cigarette butts are littered every year, the chemicals in which leach into soil and water poisoning animals, plants and marine life. We have developed a viable and profitable solution capable of tackling this devastating problem.


Recycleye combines computer vision with robotics to automatically sort waste. Recycleye is creating the world's first mobile, decentralised, small-scale, digital & fully automated material recovery facility - a mini-MRF. This will transform the recycling industry by cutting costs, minimising risk and reducing transportation.

Sharo Mobility

Sharo builds smart mobility solutions that help companies and institutions get commuters in and out of the office safely and efficiently while improving their wellbeing, productivity, and the environment.
Our platform enables companies and districts to pinpoint hotspot locations and routes so they can plan, implement and monitor tailored safe and sustainable mobility options easily accessible through the Sharo app.

It is now more important than ever to guarantee everyone has a safe commute as we learn to live with COVID-19.

Styl Wrap

The fashion industry is responsible for 10 % global carbon emissions, more than all international flights & maritime shipping combined. Stylwrap solves size & fit issues for fashion retailers across the complete supply chain from design to size advice to online shoppers thus reducing emissions.


An environmental data, analytics & A.I platform that connects every open environmental data source in the world to enable the best environmental outcomes for a safer and more sustainable earth.

2019 Final Cohort


Wicklow farmer and Irish Hemp Coop member, Ed Hanbidge has integrated hemp into his family farm in Baltinglass. Ed, who has farmed organically since 2015,  has set up HempTech. He described the three main outputs from hemp as Cannabinoids used mainly to produce CBD extracts, fibre which can be used for insulation, bioplastics and biocomposite.

Dúla Bio

Growing the seaweed bioeconomy for social and environmental sustainability and a local circular economy for bioregional resilience.


TERRATONICS is disruptive technology that offers a robust pioneering concrete free foundation system to offsite manufacturers of Modern Methods of Construction systems (MMC’s): such as, Timber Frame, Light Gauge Steel Frame and Structural Insulated Panels Manufacturers. Terratonics will allow these offsite manufacturers to replace expensive environmentally damaging concrete in foundations and subfloors. The main component of the Terratonics solution is a Terrapod which is a structural pedestal beam carrier which transfers the building’s associated loads to the engineered ground below. The Terrapod is made from an engineering polymer that is extremely tough and has both a high tensile and compression strength

BounceBack Recycling

Bounce Back Recycling (BBR) was established in 2017 in Galway to create a viable solution for problematic bulky goods. BBR is a recycling company whose aim is to divert as much mattresses & furniture away from landfill as possible. We provide a quality service for companies, councils & householders to recycle their unwanted waste rather than send it to landfill. We already work with a number of local authorities across the country, and many retail outlets to improve the recycling rates across the west of Ireland. With the lack of mattress recycling alternatives in the west Ireland, BBR has established itself as a leader in the field. We reclaim and recycle steel from mattresses which is sold on to a local steel recycling company.

2018 Final Cohort



GreenFi Systems provides the training and tools for companies and NGOs to extend financial inclusion to farming and fishing communities, while helping them to build resilience to climate change. We provide training materials for NGOs and companies to establish eco-funds with communities; a mobile application that allows communities to monitor their environmental compliance and track their financial activity


Green Waste Is Not Waste
By extracting valuable products from green waste, we show the world that green waste is a resource.
A valuable source of useful products that can sustain everyday life through the climate crisis and beyond.
We Turn Green Waste Into Pellets
We offer local councils a green waste managed service to process park & roadside cuttings into pellets.
We Deliver Big Impact Benefits For Local Councils


First smart garment capable of measuring the human torso helping to reduce the volume of clothes and apparel that are sent back to manufacturers by consumers.


We design and manufacture cost-effective, innovative and customer friendly electric vehicle charging solutions that seamlessly blend into existing infrastructure and incorporate a wide array of smart city technology. Our vision is to electrify urban streets in a stylish and highly functional way and help accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation. 


For more details on the Accelerator, contact Breandán Goss at or see



– a Pathfinder project

Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace is collaborating with Climate-KIC partners across Europe to co-ordinate a series of Masterclasses: two-day workshops for entrepreneurs hosted in various European cities.

Masterclasses are dedicated to developing the skills entrepreneurs need to set up a business: from business model generation, building teams, to negotiating and closing sales deals. Guest speakers are experienced entrepreneurs with an outstanding track record and teaching skills. High-level teachers and trainers with extensive knowledge and experience in their field create intense learning programmes for the Climate-KIC community.

In total, we five Masterclasses are planned in 2019:

Digital Marketing for start-ups in Budapest, 26-27th August
Madrid,  30th  Sep – 1st  Oct,  Scaling for Impact
Dublin, 24th-25th October, The Fearless Entrepreneur
Helsinki, 4th-5th November, Story-telling: the secret sauce for start-ups
Berlin, 9th-10th December, Business model innovation

For more information on the Climate-KIC Masterclasses, see


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