Our Climate Market Accelerator (CMA) ran until the end of 2014 and brought together end-users and suppliers of climate innovations. These activities are now carried out by our next generation of innovation programmes.

About the Climate Market Accelerator (CMA):

Organisations who want to improve their climate performance often don’t have the internal know-how to develop solutions. Innovators developing climate solutions, on the other hand, struggle to find the right buyers or opportunities to trial or demonstrate their solutions.

The CMA helps end-users identify their key climate related challenges, after which one or more of the CMA support measures will be used to attract new solutions from Europe’s innovation community.

The CMA focuses on the brokerage of innovation between the suppliers and end-users of climate solutions.

How we did it

  • We work with single or existing groups of innovation buyers to identify their most pressing climate challenges
  • Using a range of support measures we co-develop strategies to address these challenges. These measures include:
  • Challenge led competitions that communicate the identified challenges to innovation suppliers within and outside of the Climate-KIC community.
  • Open innovation competitions that help our demand-side partners identify radical, early-stage ideas.
  • Develop demonstration opportunities within our demand-side partners to deploy new climate innovations.
  • Use of public procurement to drive climate innovation.

Activity examples

Dynamic Demand Challenge: A competition to uncover innovative technologies for electricity demand management in homes and small businesses.  Lead partner: National Physical Laboratory

Energy Efficiency Innovation Pipeline. Building on an already-existing collaboration among Hungarian SMEs, the project will collect industrial energy saving data, experiences and best energy efficiency practices of successful companies, transforming them into transferable knowledge and key market insights. The diffusion of this information in the SME network will result in an increased adoption rate for important climate innovations. Lead partner: NEGOS Plc

Forest for Green Growth (F2G2). By implementing a multi-sectoral network of buyers of bio-based based products, F2G2 will enable the identification of the most pressing needs for forest-based products and contribute to unlocking maximum demand for local wood-based composite materials and green chemicals. Lead partner: Climate-KIC (France)

Improve climate performance of clusters of SMEs. Responding to the critical needs of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, this project will capitalise on the opportunity presented by a recent earthquake by boosting climate-conscious renovation and refurbishment. By supporting local SMEs know-how on renovation issues and requirements, the project will stimulate the supply of climate innovations and facilitate the recovery of competitiveness within the region, ultimately leading to wider investment and employment. Lead partner: Aster

Low Energy Solutions for Shops: A challenge led competition to find close to market energy efficiency innovations for application in high street supermarket outlets.  Lead partner: Instituto Valenciano de la Edificación

Metropolitan Utilities Dialogue: A strategic initiative working with Berlin utility companies to identify an urban demonstrator and facilitate collaborative action on climate innovation. Lead partner: Berlin CLC

Open Innovation Slam (OIS): An online innovation contest that allows Climate-KIC partners to connect to innovative students, entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups. For 2014 one new OIS working with BVG Berlin has commenced. A call for a second OIS will launch in June. OIS organised by Berlin CLC

Plastics Recycling and Re-use Platform: The project is focused on creating an online for a community of plastic processing companies to exchange waste feedstock materials.  Lead partner: TU-Delft

Polish Demand-Side Office Network (PODEM-ON). By utilising an innovative market-led / demand-side competition, supported by some of the largest Polish property owners, investors and occupiers, PODEM-ON will encourage EU innovators to come up with solutions to improve energy and carbon efficiency across property portfolios.  Lead partner: Knight Frank LLP

Public Procurement of Innovation Network:  The project seeks to ensure public procurement supports and promotes innovation which addresses climate change. Lead partner: Birmingham City Council

Sustainable Innovation Forums: The project is providing active support to groups of owners and managers of large property portfolios, as buyers of climate change products, technologies and services. Lead partner: Institute for Sustainability

Unlock market demand for micro energy production in water utilities. This project will support Danish water utility companies seeking to identify technologies in order to meet their ambitions to reduce GHG emissions. Activity will focus on establishing a network of buyers to uncover the market potential for technologies that recover energy from water flows. The resulting market insights will be fed into the wider Climate-KIC community. Lead partner: COWI A/S

Innovation Dinners: A structured dinner where regional participants are invited to present their climate innovation needs to Climate-KIC platform representatives. Lead partner: ARCARDIS

Open Atmosphere Forum:  Working with multiple stakeholders to identify innovative monitoring solutions for local energy from waste and waste-water treatment facilities. Lead partner: ARIA

RWAs Procuring Climate Innovations: Working with the Dutch Regional Water Authorities (DRWAs) to find renewable energy generation solutions which can be installed on dike structures, while maintaining or improving on regulated dike safety. Lead partner: Deltares