Mainstream climate change into post-2020 funding framework, Climate-KIC urges European Commission

EIT Climate-KIC is calling on the European Commission to mainstream climate change into all policy areas covered by the EU’s next long-term budget.

Responding to ongoing discussion in Brussels around the EU’s post-2020 Multi-Annual Financial Framework, EIT Climate-KIC has urged that the funding of research and innovation be designed to stimulate systemic innovation that tackles underlying economic and financial structures, skills and behaviour as well as resulting in new technologies.

It is only by working on the whole system in this way that we will achieve the speed and depth of cuts in emissions needed to tackle climate change, according to the organisation’s paper, which sets out its position.

Discussion between EU decision makers over the priority of future policies, programmes and funds for research and innovation, and how they can be designed to best deliver results on the ground, is currently underway in Brussels. 

A new approach to funding

As the Commission, European Parliament and Member States draw up their positions, EIT Climate-KIC argues that a new approach to funding is needed, one that embraces experimental approaches and investment in non-linear structural change with continuous learning fed back into the innovation process. 

“This involves supporting and funding new entrepreneurs and businesses whose models are not yet proven but whose understanding of the needs they are serving is clear,” said EIT Climate-KIC CEO Kirsten Dunlop.

Despite European leadership and concerted effort and focus from the global community, Europe – and the rest of the world – is lagging behind the commitments needed to deliver the Paris Agreement. Europe must act fast if it is to stay within a 2°C global warming target.  

“Electric power production shows something of what is possible with the right combination of support. Our attention must now be focused similarly on shifting agriculture from carbon source to a carbon sink, shifting industrial production from linear to circular and rethinking remobility, construction and infrastructure,” added Dunlop.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Under the auspices of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Climate-KIC, and its fellow knowledge and innovation communities have a breadth of innovation experience and insight to feed into the funding framework.  

Europe is facing many challenges that must and can be solved through innovation. The EIT, together with EIT Climate-KIC, says it is ready to roll-out our unique innovation model to new regions and countries, and share its innovation know-how to create new products, services and jobs for Europe and its citizens.

Since 2010, EIT Climate-KIC and its 280 Partners have leveraged €2.5 billion worth of climate action, harnessing. innovation opportunities through more than 150 cross-sector, cross-border partner projects.

Over 1000 innovative start-ups have been created in Climate-KIC programmes, attracting €450 million investment. 

EIT Climate-KIC’s multi-annual funding framework recommendations

  • Climate change must be a key priority in the future multi-annual financial framework.
  • Innovation is essential for the transition to a net zero-carbon economy.
  • Strategic innovation is key to achieving systemic change.
  • Innovation funding needs to move beyond single point solutions.
  • Public funding needs to adopt an investment logic to support innovation, particularly of a non-linear system nature.
  • The whole of Europe should benefit from innovation funding.
  • Build and invest in existing innovation networks such as Climate-KIC.

Read the full paper here

 
Location
Articles you may be interested in
In The News
Research reveals surprising link between socio-economic indicators and sustain...

A new study by EIT Climate-KIC partner academic institutions...

Research reveals surprising link between socio-economic indicators and sustainability transition
Opinion
Transformation capital: A new investment logic for catalysing systems change
Dominic Hofstetter Transformation Capital, EIT Climate-KIC
Transformation capital: A new investment logic for catalysing systems change
Opinion
Innovating in complexity: From single-point solutions to directional systems innovation
Dominic Hofstetter TRANSFORMATION CAPITAL, EIT CLIMATE-KIC
Innovating in complexity: From single-point solutions to directional systems innovation
In The News
Four EIT Climate-KIC innovators nominated for annual EIT Awards

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has released...

Four EIT Climate-KIC innovators nominated for annual EIT Awards
In Detail
Report offers recommendations for development of agricultural impact tool

A new report supported by EIT Climate-KIC’s CSA Booster programme proposes technical, governance and business arrangements for the development of a new tool for...

Report offers recommendations for development of agricultural impact tool
In Detail
Food value chains strategy report offers recommendations based on systemic i...

A new report details the work of EIT Climate-KIC and its partner Metabolic, a consulting company using systems thinking to tackle major sustainability challenges,...

Food value chains strategy report offers recommendations based on systemic impact
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supports digital roadmap for a circular economy

EIT Climate-KIC, along with several European stakeholders, is advocating...

EIT Climate-KIC supports digital roadmap for a circular economy
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC urges London to lead in turning climate emergency into action

Climate innovation agency EIT Climate-KIC welcomed today the first...

EIT Climate-KIC urges London to lead in turning climate emergency into action
Opinion
London Climate Action Week: Climate Innovation Insights
London Climate Action Week: Climate Innovation Insights
Opinion
How can we deliver a net-zero emissions UK?
Andy Kerr Director, UK & Ireland, EIT Climate-KIC
How can we deliver a net-zero emissions UK?
Opinion
Can we identify the tipping points for transformative climate action?
Susannah Fisher Strategic Research Lead, EIT Climate-KIC
Can we identify the tipping points for transformative climate action?
In The News
Study launched on decarbonising Europe’s heavy industries by 2050

Industry representatives, regional experts, academics and EU officials held...

Study launched on decarbonising Europe’s heavy industries by 2050
In our community
Interview with Yvon Slingenberg of DG Climate Action, European Commission
Interview with Yvon Slingenberg of DG Climate Action, European Commission
In Detail
Evaluating the benefits of improved cooking solutions: impact data in high r...

Gold Standard today released a research study by Vivid Economics that estimates the economic value of Gold Standard-certified project benefits related to climate, health,...

Evaluating the benefits of improved cooking solutions: impact data in high resolution
In The News
New EIT Climate-KIC supported report proposes basis for a future EU taxonomy i...

The European Commission has welcomed the publication of the...

New EIT Climate-KIC supported report proposes basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation
In The News
WCEF 2019: The challenges and potentials of circular procurement in cities

Increasing population growth and urbanisation intensifies the pressure on...

WCEF 2019: The challenges and potentials of circular procurement in cities
In The News
First round of 15 winners of Reinventing Cities competition announced

C40 Cities and EIT Climate-KIC have announced 15 winners...

First round of 15 winners of Reinventing Cities competition announced
In The News
Lisbon’s City Finance Lab-backed green participatory budget awarded €5 mil...

Lisbon City Council’s first-ever ‘green’ participatory budget, an initiative...

Lisbon’s City Finance Lab-backed green participatory budget awarded €5 million for next cycle
In The News
WCEF 2019: ‘The circular economy in cities’

EIT Climate-KIC CEO Kirsten Dunlop emphasised the importance of...

WCEF 2019: ‘The circular economy in cities’
In Detail
New Report on Circular Procurement in public construction projects shows how...

Public procurement affects a substantial share of world trade, amounting to more than €1.3 trillion per year. In the EU, the public purchase of...

New Report on Circular Procurement in public construction projects shows how targeted action can drive system-level impact
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC at World Circular Economy Forum 2019

EIT Climate-KIC is playing a prominent role at the...

EIT Climate-KIC at World Circular Economy Forum 2019
In The News
17 EIT Climate-KIC solutions included in MI 100 Global High Impact listing

13 EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator start-ups and four EIT Climate-KIC...

17 EIT Climate-KIC solutions included in MI 100 Global High Impact listing
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC’s global cleantech competition ClimateLaunchpad is open ...

EIT Climate-KIC’s ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest green business ideas...

EIT Climate-KIC’s global cleantech competition ClimateLaunchpad is open for registration
Opinion
Transformation Capital: A new investment logic for catalysing systems change
Dominic Hofstetter Transformation Capital, EIT Climate-KIC
Transformation Capital: A new investment logic for catalysing systems change
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported SkyNRG develops Europe’s first sustainable jet...

SkyNRG announced plans to develop Europe's first sustainable aviation...

EIT Climate-KIC supported SkyNRG develops Europe’s first sustainable jet fuel production plant
Opinion
Collaboration is hard!
Ulrike Linnig Innovation Lead, DACH, EIT Climate-KIC
Collaboration is hard!
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported report shows how to reduce industrial CO2 emissions

A new joint report, published by RWTH Aachen University...

EIT Climate-KIC supported report shows how to reduce industrial CO2 emissions
In The News
London event showcases innovation behind new investor climate tool

Yesterday’s event, titled “Applying Climate Risk Data to Investment...

London event showcases innovation behind new investor climate tool
In our community
Interview with Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga, Spain
Interview with Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga, Spain
Opinion
Adapting to climate change in Europe: Building a systemic and urgent vision
Susannah Fisher, EIT Climate-KIC and Andrew Norton, IIED
Adapting to climate change in Europe: Building a systemic and urgent vision