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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.

CLIMATE-KIC 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.

For more information see www.climate-kic.org/who-we-are/making-an-impact/

Current Projects

EIT Climate-KIC 2021 Irish Journey

The Journey develops talent for a zero-carbon future, through an intensive summer school programme based on systems innovation, networks, and using a high volume of KIC partners for delivery. The Journeys unique education format is designed to accelerate graduates into the Knowledge Innovation Community with the base knowledge needed to be system innovators, leaders, and change agents. In Dublin we showcase systems innovation with local case studies. In 2020 a fully digital Journey was hosted by the School of Natural Sciences through the TCD Centre for the Environment.

We focused on key challenge areas of (1) sustainable land use, (2) sustainable agriculture and food production, (3) circular economy with special reference to bioeconomy, (4) corporate climate leadership, including green finance and long-term planning to aid climate-action. We also worked with participants, Journey Alumni and local problem owners to develop the content. Over the last four years of running the Journey in TCD, we have now built on our strong track record in these subject areas and well developed relationships with local researchers, innovators, government departments and agencies, NGOs and Climate-KIC alumni to deliver a well-rounded programme and prepare the participants for the next leg of their Journey.

For more information on the EIT Climate-KIC Dublin Journey, please contact the Principal Investigator, Alexandra Verbinschi at Alexandra.Verbinschi@tcd.ie and Academic Lead Quentin G. Crowley at CROWLEYQ@tcd.ie. Dr. Crowley is Director of the Trinity Centre for the Environment.

EIT Climate-KIC Climate Innovation Leadership

Young people are calling for action on climate change, top graduates want to contribute to organisations, industries and businesses that are working towards a net-zero transition. This is a generation that recognises the need for systemic change and wants to be equipped to meet and drive forward the scale of change required. This means there is an urgent need for students to be trained in new skills relating to leadership, innovations and systems thinking.

The Climate Innovation Leadership Programme (CIL) is an evolution of the Master School Programme from EIT Climate-KIC; a programme with nearly ten years’ experience in empowering and enabling students to act on climate challenges. Built on the foundation of the EIT Label framework, the Climate Innovation Leadership Programme is spreading an entrepreneurial mindset combined with multidimensional leadership skills over Europe as a tool to transform our societies in a just and sustainable way.

For more information on the EIT Climate-KIC Climate Innovation Leadership, please contact the Principal Investigator, Alexandra Verbinschi at Alexandra.Verbinschi@tcd.ie and Academic Lead Quentin G. Crowley at CROWLEYQ@tcd.ie. Dr. Crowley is Director of the Trinity Centre for the Environment.

EIT Climate-KIC 2021 Accelerator

European cities are major contributors to climate change, material consumption and waste generation. However, they possess the potential to be cradles of innovation and transformation. The "Meridian' Circular Cities Accelerator is an EU-focused public-private bootcamp bridging the gap between cities’ need for circular transition solutions and high potential start-ups’ barriers to market entry. Meridian aims to be the leading circular city accelerator in Europe, as a lighthouse of public-private cooperation towards Europe’s 2030 circular economy transition. We'll support promising start-ups by providing the tools, opportunities and network to transform break through innovations in circular activities, helping entrepreneurs and innovators to undertake a critical analysis of how to create a sound commercial footing in order to successfully solve real end-user problems.

Our partnership, led by Trinity College Dublin together with Luvent Consulting and Danmarks Teknikse Universitet (DTU) and our corporate partners, UPS, will take a pragmatic, mentor-led approach that is grounded in commercial reality and borne of real life experience. Our 2021 city partners include Dublin City Council, Berlin Senat and Athens City Council.

For more information on the EIT Climate-KIC 2021 Accelerator, please contact Breandán Goss at GOSSB@tcd.ie

EIT Climate-KIC REGREEN

REGREEN seeks to develop a Living Lab as a Service model where diverse actors collaborate in a physical or virtual space and employ an open innovation methodology to co-create, prototype, test, validate and promote the diffusion of innovative nature based climate programmes, products, services, and processes. It is championed by an academic institution who sees merit in translating vast amounts of research based knowledge into valuable and implementable ideas that can address the heat island effect through nature based climate solutions. Trinity College Dublin is the lead partner, collaborating with the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zagreb. For more information on the EIT Climate-KIC REGREEN, please contact Immanuel Darkwa at IDARKWA@tcd.ie.

Recent Past Projects

Brewers Spent Grain (BSG 2.0)

NatPro, the Trinity Centre for Natural Products, based at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, was a collaborator in an EIT Climate-KIC Innovation Project focusing on tailoring starter cultures for the production of new nutritional products from Brewers Spent Grain (BSG 2.0). TCD members, in particular Prof. Helen Sheridan, Dr Manuel Reuther, Dr Gaia Scalabrino and Dr Juan Valverde, were involved in this collaboration with international universities and industries, such as the Technical University of Denmark and Carlsberg.

The project aimed to produce plant-based ingredients and dairy substitutes derived from the fermentation of the side stream brewers spent grain, aiming to achieve sustainable food production.

TCD focused on using metabolomics to generate chemical fingerprints of fermented products by 1H NMR and their analysis using chemometrics.


For more information please contact Gaia Scalabrino at SCALABRG@tcd.i

EIT Climate KIC Masterclasses

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

To see more on Climate-KIC Masterclasses go to https://www.climate-kic.org/programmes/education/#masterclasses

EIT Climate KIC Accelerator

EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation. In three stages, our program brought the knowledge, resources, tools and the coaching a cleantech start-up needs for success.

Some examples of 2020, 2019 and 2018 participating start-ups include:

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2020 Stage 3 Cohort

FiltraCycle

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.

https://filtracycle.com/

RecyclEye

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.

www.recycleye.com

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.

www.sharo.ie

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.

www.stylwrap.com

Cré-IQ

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.

www.cre-iq.io

2019 Final Cohort

HempTech

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

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

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

Dowmann

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

Fitted

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.

Chargicity

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 gossb@tcd.ie or see https://www.climate-kic.org/programmes/entrepreneurship/accelerator/

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