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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.

For more information see

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 four 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 part of their Journey, following which they will spend two weeks in Timisoara, Romania and a final week in Budapest , Hungary. For more information see or contact Quentin Crowley at

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.

For more details of our inspiring cohort of start-ups in 2019, see

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


For more information on EIT Climate-KIC at Trinity, please contact: