Accelerating policy, innovation and finance for our zero carbon future
For over a decade, the Sustainable Innovation Forum has been one of the largest official side events at the annual UN COP meetings, bringing together international policy makers, business and finance to catalyse collaboration and innovation for climate action.
The Climate Innovation Forum 2019 in London will be the first in a series of regional events aimed at championing innovation to accelerate the zero carbon economy.
Focusing on 4 themes – zero carbon energy, zero carbon buildings, zero waste, zero carbon mobility– the event will look to mobilise cross sector collaboration to develop – and deliver – innovative products, services and systems that can be scaled up on a city-wide, nation-wide and even global, level.
The Climate Innovation Forum 2019 will convene 350 leading policy makers, investors, business and sustainability leaders, cleantech start-ups, think-tanks and NGOs from London and across Europe to create insight, share failure and successes, collaborate, initiate partnerships, build capacity, identify new market opportunities and meet investors. A key focus will be on scaling up practical solutions and identifying new strategies to help cut carbon emissions and support the Paris Agreement.
Announced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, London Climate Action Week will bring together climate expertise and talent to focus on scaling up practical solutions to climate change. London has some of the most ambitious plans to tackle climate change in the world; the London Environment Strategy is compatible with the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement and commits London to being a zero carbon city by 2050.
Nationally, the UK remains at the top of the G20 leaderboard for its long-term decarbonisation rate since 2000, and the country is at the centre of low carbon innovation and green finance.
The Climate Innovation Forum 2019 will reinforce London – and the UK as a whole – as a world-leader in climate action and a hub for organisations working to find solutions to cut carbon emissions and adapt to the impact of climate change both locally and globally.
Tom Mitchell, EIT Climate-KIC’s Chief Strategy Officer, will give a keynote at the Climate Innovation Forum on the importance of innovation and entrepreneurialism in tackling the climate emergency, and how innovation can be accelerated.
Mitchell will share EIT Climate-KIC’s approach to embedding our start-up accelerator support in wider city interventions, to support tailored, place-based transitions, as we are doing in London, Birmingham and the West Midlands and Edinburgh.