Climate-KIC integrates education, entrepreneurship and innovation resulting in connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into economically viable products or services that help to mitigate and to adapt to climate change.
The activities are driven by eight climate change themes:
Wageningen University & Research is core member of Climate KIC, and is represented in the Board of the Dutch CLC and the General Assembly. In these capacities Wageningen University & Research is directly involved in the governance of the community.
Climate-KIC in the Netherlands consists of partners from industry, universities, public organisations, science institutes and a growing number of SMEs. The Netherlands consortium consists of various large companies (such as DSM, Schiphol, KLM and Arcadis), three universities (Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Wageningen University, a couple of research institutes (such as Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Deltares and DLO). From the public sector, the Stadshavens Rotterdam port facilities and the Province of Utrecht are taking part.
The other co-locations are Germany, UK, Denmark, Switzerland, France and the Nordic countries (mainly Denmark), bringing in an array of partners, such as ETH (Zurich), ParisTech (Paris), Imperial College (London) and Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (Berlin), Bayer, Beluga Shipping GmbH, Cisco, EDF, SAP, Shell, Solar Valley and Thales. Climate-KIC also involves six major regions in Europe (RICs), where eco-innovations can be tested.
Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body with the mission to create sustainable growth in Europe and to reinforce the innovation capacity of the Member States. Climate-KIC is supporting this mission by stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Climate-KIC projects (recent or ongoing)
- Blue Green Dream (Robbert Snep)
- Catalysing green infrastructures (Leon Braat)
- Climate-Smart Agriculture booster (Madeleine van Mansfeld)
- Community of practice for integrated food clusters (Remco Kranendonk)
- Employer-led CO2 and energy reductions by employees (Michel Handgraaf)
- Europe-wide use of sustainable energy from aquifers (Martijn Smit)
- Extreme events for energy providers (Eddy Moors)
- Implementation adoption of carbon footprint in tourism travel packages (Martin Goossen)
- Metropolitan Food Clusters for climate-proof agriculture by an increased resources use efficiency (Saskia Visser)
- Microalgae biorefinery (Hans Reith)
- Azofast (Adrie van der Werf)
- Biogas energising the countryside (Maikel Timmerman)
- Biogas2Market (René van Ree)