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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


– an Education programme

The Journey by EIT Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest summer school for innovation and entrepreneurship to address climate change. It offers a unique combination of climate knowledge and hands-on business experience. Students and professionals from all over the world come together for an intensive innovation and entrepreneurship programme hosted by top European universities. After a full time three or five week summer programme, participants emerge with the tools to become innovative entrepreneurs and the drive to take bold steps in the fight against climate change.

Trinity is proud to host 40 students this summer for the first two weeks of their Journey, following which they will spend two weeks in Norway and a final week in Malta. For more information see or contact Quentin Crowley at


– an Entrepreneurship programme

Greenhouse is Climate-KIC’s European incubator for green startups, hosted at Trinity College Dublin as well as other sites across the Climate-KIC network. It is a 6 month programme designed to transform early stage climate innovation ideas into sustainable business models and marketable products or services. All that is needed is an idea and the motivation to make it happen in the future.

Teams receive a €2,500 prize, monthly 1-2-1 mentoring with an expert mentor, workshops on value proposition design, business canvas model, financing your new venture, IP management strategy, and pitching, as well as practical advice from Climate experts, start-up veterans and investors. For more information see or contact Gavan Drohan at

Mapping policy interactions in the plastic recycling sector across Europe

– a Pathfinder project

Ireland is the highest producer of plastic waste per habitant in the European Union with an average production of 60 kg of plastic waste per person in 2015, and consistently doubling the European average. Germany remains in fourth place, with about 37 kg per capita while Spain continues to remain very close to the European average with nearly 30 kg of plastic waste per person per year. The best performing countries are Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia with 13, 16 and 19 kg per capita in 2015 respectively. The difference between the two extremes is four-fold, and proportionally within this range European countries are under pressure to improve their performance in terms of environmental footprint.

There is clearly a need to identify opportunities for innovation in the plastic recycling sector in Europe. Different countries have different needs and capacities for innovation: the presence of private initiatives, national legislation and policy produce different configurations of the plastic recycling system. Furthermore, countries differ in their infrastructure and interaction with plastic product supply chains. In order to uncover how best to support innovation in this sector, we must produce a systemic depiction of these components to determine the factors that produce the current situation. Visual thinking techniques have recently risen as an alternative to map socio-technical systems in order to face the need for transitions towards more sustainable models.

The purpose of this study is to combine diverse methodologies to identify practical means of supporting innovation in plastic recycling in urban centres of four different national contexts in Europe by identifying areas of strength, synergy, and weaknesses in different socio-technical configurations. In short, we aim to research place-based capacity for innovation in this sector in order to produce informed and nuanced guidelines for supporting innovation. Our focus is on urban centres which produce a high amount of plastic waste, but which offer potential sites of intervention and innovation.

This Pathfinder project, aimed to an early mapping of innovation opportunities, receives EIT funding for € 30,000.- and runs for 6 months in 2018 in partnership with TU Berlin, Germany, Universitat de València, Spain and the Transitions Hub in EIT Climate.

For more information, contact Dámaris Fernandez:


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