Climate Innovation

Summit //2017

30 October 2017

Milan, Italy


Turning climate innovation into action

Summit Overview

The Climate Innovation Summit is Europe's leading event connecting climate innovators and leaders -- from city representatives to policymakers, businesses, entrepreneurs, scientists and academics -- to share best practice and create the opportunities to scale-up the solutions that accelerate climate action.

Inspiration and experience 

Best practice and expert insight

Matchmaking and networking

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Confirmed Speakers

Gian Luca Galletti

Minister of the Environment, Italy

Gian Luca Galletti is the Italian Minister of Environment and previously served on the regional Assembly for the Emilia-Romagna Region.

Carlo Carraro

President Emeritus, University of Venice 

Professor Carlo Carraro is President Emeritus of Universita' Ca' Foscari Venezia and Vice Chair, IPCC, working group III.

Kirsten Dunlop

CEO, Climate KIC

Dr. Kirsten Dunlop joined Climate-KIC in January 2017, from Suncorp Australia, where she was Executive General Manager Strategic Innovation.

Joan Clos

Executive Director, UN Habitat

Dr. Clos is a leading figure at the United Nations with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy.

Michael Pawlyn

Founder, Exploration Architecture

Michael Pawlyn is a British architect noted for his work in the field biomimetic architecture and innovation.

Anna Scavuzzo

Deputy Mayor, City of Milan

Anna Scavuzzo is Deputy Mayor, Councillor for Education and Instruction, for the Municipality of Milan.

Previously Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Raffaele Tiscar is today Chief of Cabinet of the Ministry of the Environment in Italy.

Raffaele Tiscar

Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of the Environment, Italy

Marc Watts

Executive Director, C40 Cities 

Mark Watts is the Executive Director for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Prior to C40, Marc was the Director of consultancy firm, Arup’s, energy and climate change team

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Get a fresh perspective

We bring together a rich diversity of cutting edge solutions from across Europe that will inspire you as to the possibilities of an inclusive, zero-carbon economy. 

Why Attend?

Explore new arenas

The summit will equip urban decision makers, businesses, entrepreneurs, scientists, academics, policymakers and more with the insight and know-how to come together and shape a strategic response to the challenges of a carbon constrained economy.

La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, 30 October 2017

From vertical forests to sustainable food and mobility, Milan is a growing beacon of sustainable urbanisation, offering a dynamic context and living backdrop for the Climate Innovation Summit. We're proud to host this year's summit at La Fabbrica Del Vapore. Once an industrial complex housing a factory for electric trams, La Fabbrica is now the centre for innovation and culture in Milan.

How was it last year?

Last year’s summit, hosted by the City of Frankfurt, brought together 450 participants from organisations including the United Nations, Carbon Trust, CDP, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Veolia, and AXA Group. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Professor John Schnellnhuber, Founder, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research were keynote speakers. 


Cities are where more than half of the global population live today, consuming two-thirds of the world's energy, accounting for over 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Cities are where the battle against climate change will be lost or won. But, cities are increasingly taking the lead. With local roots, yet connections to a global stage, cities are the source of demand and ideas -- the potential critical mass that can tip the balance towards circularity, deep decarbonisation and ecological health. Under the theme "Cities, Levers of Change", the 2017 Climate Innovation Summit will bring together urban decision makers, policymakers, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs and business leaders to co-create the blueprints for an inclusive, zero-carbon society.

Climate Innovation Summit 2017: Cities, Levers of Change

09:00 - 10:00    Accreditation and welcome

10:00 - 11:00    Plenary 


Monday, 30 October | La Fabbrica del Vapore, Via Procaccini 4, Milan, Italy 

From new utilities models to local food production and air cleaning technologies, start-ups are igniting the myriad possibilities for sustainable urban development and climate action. This session will see a selection of some of Europe's best city-relevant start-ups pitch their propositions.

Click here for a full list of speakers.

12:30 - 13:30    Lunch

13:30 - 15:00    Parallel Sessions (click for more info):

  • Gian Luca Galletti, Minister of Environment, Italy
  • Joan Clos, executive director, UN-Habitat (via video)
  • Dr Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, Climate-KIC in conversation with Mark Watts, executive director, C40 

11:00 - 12:30    Igniting Possibilities: Start-up Pitch Session


15:00- 15:30     Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00    Parallel Sessions (click for more info):

Tuesday 31 October 

Climate-KIC will bring its 250-strong partner community together to connect, explore, discuss and exchange on new and current projects within the network. 

Expect speed-date networking, match-making, cross-thematic pitches, brainstorming and feedback sessions, an inspirational lecture, and a chance to share your views on the direction of Climate-KIC. We want you to leave with a clearer picture of the rich and diverse pool of skills and knowledge you can draw on, full of enthusiasm and strategic insight to take climate innovation to the next level. 

We invite all partners to join us and contribute to turning climate innovation into action. 

For more information on the Partner Networking Day click here

17:00 - 17:30   Coffee Break

17:30 - 18:00   Plenary and Closing Remarks

  • Professor Carlo Carraro, President Emeritus of Universita' Ca' Foscari Venezia & Vice Chair, IPCC Working Group III
  • Raffaele Tiscar, Head of Cabinet, Ministry of Environment, Italy

19:00 - 23:30   Evening reception at the Museo dei Navigli, central Milan. Click here for venue details. 

Partners and Endorsements

Practical Information

How to get there

Metro stations: 

Cenisio (line 5); 

Monumentale (line 5);

Gerusalemme (line 5);

Garibaldi (lines 2 and 5 ; Malpensa Express)

Linate Airport to Fabbrica del Vapore :

45 minutes by public transportation - 45 minutes by taxi

Malpensa Airport to Fabbrica del Vapore:

60 minutes by public transportation - 45 minutes by taxi

Venue: Fabbrica del Vapore, Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini 4, 20154 Milano

Summit Reception at the Museo dei Navigli

Via San Marco 40, 20121 Milano

Metro stations: Moscova (line 2); Garibaldi (lines 2 and 5) ; Turati (line 3)

Registration is now closed!


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