EIT Climate-KIC at Innovate4Climate 2022

24 - 26 May 2022

EIT Climate-KIC will participate in three workshops at Innovate4Climate, a conference organised by the World Bank that brings together the public and private sectors to showcase innovation and investment opportunities for low-carbon, resilient and inclusive development.

Ecosystem orchestration fostering sustainability transitions in European peripheral Regions: the case of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme

The European Green Deal is the European Commission strategy that aims to make the European Union climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this, it advocates for a policy approach oriented toward climate neutrality and circular economy. This panel addresses the policy debate over orchestrating portfolios to drive innovation policy and sustainability transitions as a bridge between science and technology developments, absorptive capabilities and pursuit of market opportunities.

It will present 1) the case of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Programme (2014-present; active in 14 EU countries and Western Balkans region), where evidence shows the coexistence of multiple processes that facilitate the alignment of regional priorities with transformative activities; 2) the forthcoming “Co-creation for policy”, a Science Policy report by EIT Climate-KIC and the Joint Research Centre on participatory methodologies to structure multi-stakeholder policymaking processes.

Speakers: Beatriz Camacho-Avila (EIT Climate-KIC), Alexandros Charalambides (CUT), Gonca Kara (Malta School of Arts, Science and Technology), Annalisa Spalazzi (Gran Sasso Science Institute), Cristian Matti (European Commission).

Date: May 24, 7:10PM – 8:00 PM CET

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An expanded innovation space for transformative climate solutions, with Kirsten Dunlop

This panel discussion on the Global Innovation Hub will be divided into three segments: the first one is looking at setting the scene on the need of an expanded innovation space for climate action with high level speakers. The second segment will address questions to panel members on the opportunities for a need-based and solution-oriented approach that satisfies the core human needs for food, shelter, mobility, and access via alternative value chains aligned with the SDGs and compatible with 1.5. Finally the closing segment will be an interactive session with the audience.

Speakers: Kirsten Dunlop (EIT Climate-KIC), Dennis Pamlin (Mission Innovation Net-Zero Innovation Initiative), Massamba Thioye (UNFCCC) and Catherine Atkin (Climate Data Policy Initiative )

Date: May 25, 5:40 PM – 6:30 PM CET

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Accelerate Climate Tech Solutions for a Net Zero Africa

EIT Climate KIC has launched a ClimAccelerator programme supporting 15 climate startups across Africa. This session will showcase the climate impact of these innovations and explore means to scale the support to climate innovators. It will also place the spotlight on the African climate entrepreneurship ecosystem and ask what role innovators, incubators and accelerators can play in adopting a needs/solutions approach for 1.5C and how the relative stage of maturity of ecosystems affects adoption.

The panel participating to this session will discuss the following questions: What are the challenges and opportunities we see across these different contexts? Can regions such as Africa be used as test beds for transformative innovations? How can we best support African solution providers and feed into an international network of incubators and innovation hubs?

Speakers: Ayoub Derbadi (EIT Climate-KIC), Martin Kiilu (Growth Africa), Mejda Khaled (Agaruw), Babajide Oluwase (Ecotutu), Diana Orembe (Novfeed), Benson Kibiti (Zuhura), Abdelrahman Fahmy (Youthinkgreen).

Date: May 26, 5:10 PM – 6:00 PM CET

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