Innovation Building Block – Assess your project’s climate impact

02 Dec 2015


Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) designated in 2010 by the EIT. Climate-KIC’s core purpose is to create opportunities for innovators to address climate change and shape the world’s next economy. But how can we identify the innovation projects with the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and adaptation potential? And how is the climate impact of an innovation project being assessed? To what extent can climate innovations contribute to keeping the global average warming below 2 degrees?

Course Merits 

In this Building Block you will learn to identify and evaluate the climate impact from your Climate-KIC Innovation project and understand the needs and key approaches for assessing climate impact. The workshop will start with two lectures by experts speakers :

  • Highlighting the importance and possibilities of climate innovation technologies for climate mitigation.
  • Introducing the different approaches to climate impact assessment.

The lectures are followed by a practical session, where you will learn how to evaluate the climate impact of an innovation project in a learning-by-doing style. In a multi-step approach, Life Cycle Assessment experts guide you through the climate impact assessment approach and provide support during the practical exercises.

Learning objectives

After following this Building Block, you will:

  • Be able to understand the importance of climate innovations and the main aspects of climate impact assessments.
  • Be able to identify the main greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction potentials of your project
  • Have the knowledge to apply the Climate-KIC climate impact assessment approach to estimate the project’s outcome on a step-by-step basis.

Click here to view the workshop agenda 


Prof. Dr. Anthony Patt, Professor of Climate Policy at ETH Zurich

Anthony Patt’s research examines the social, environmental, and economic barriers to climate mitigation and adaptation, and the effectiveness of public policies to overcome those barriers. He was a Lead Author of the most recent report on climate change mitigation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His recent book, Transforming Energy: Solving Climate Change with Technology Policy, identifies the set of policies that can effectively lead to an energy system transition away from fossil fuels.

Sabine Ziem Milojević, Senior Consultant, E4tech London

Sabine is experienced in sustainability management and assessment, which she has applied to supply chains, projects and technologies. She has conducted techno-economic and sustainability assessments, landscaping studies of research and industry activities as well as policy reviews. Her main focus areas in E4tech have been bio chemicals and fuels and she has previously researched novel applications of solar PV.

Dr. Rainer Zah, Managing Director, Quantis Zürich

Rainer Zah is leading the Zurich office of Quantis – a global consultancy focussed on Life Cycle Thinking. Rainer is involved as principal consultant in many Life Cycle Assessment Projects, spanning from sustainable charcoal in rural areas of Tanzania to the LCA of satellite missions of the European Space Association. Before, Rainer has lead the LCA group of Empa during 12 years and authored more then 50 papers in environmental science.

Dr. Andrea Del Duce, Project Manager, Quantis Zürich

Andrea Del Duce is Project Manager and Life Cycle Analyst at Quantis where he mainly focuses on projects in the energy and transports sector. Before joining Quantis, he was a post-doc researcher at the Empa investigating the environmental impacts of electric vehicles.

Eva Keller, Climate-KIC Climate Accounting Lead

Eva’s experience is in carbon accounting assessment, sustainable land use and carbon offset projects. For the past year Eva has set up the Climate Accounting programme for Climate-KIC. Her role encompasses creating climate awareness within the community and developing a climate impact assessment framework. Prior to joining Climate-KIC, she has worked in a sustainability rating agency.


The course will be held at :

Seminar- und Trainingszentrum Zürich

How to get there? 

From Zurich HB: appr. 22 mins. Take Tram no. 6 (direction: Zoo) to Susenbergstrasse station. Then walk to venue.

From Zurich Airport: appr. 35 mins. Take any train to Zurich HB, then take Tram no. 6 (direction: Zoo) to Susenbergstrasse. From there walk to venue.

Application and Fees 


Apply here for ‘Assess your project’s climate impact’

This Building Block is free for all people involved with or leading Climate-KIC Projects.

Cancellation terms: If you cancel up to two weeks in advance, the Building Block is free of charge. We will charge €500 for cancellations after that date or in case of no show.


For questions about the course content, please contact Regina Vogel

For questions about registration or Innovation Building Blocks in general, please contact Pauline Ticheler


This course is part of Climate-KIC’s internal training programme. The entire programme consists of 6 modules focussing on range of topics related to sustainability, innovation and project management. You can find the overview of all the editions here  

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