EIT Climate-KIC’s ConnectedClusters launches at EUROCITIES

EIT Climate-KIC’s ConnectedClusters project—which aims to accelerate innovation clusters to create thriving and prosperous low carbon cities—formally launches today (Wednesday, 28 November, 2018) with a presence at the EUROCITIES 2018 conference in Edinburgh.

The project is sponsoring the annual event, which, this year, brings together the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities at the Scottish capital’s high-profile Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

ConnectedClusters is a collaboration between EIT Climate-KIC partners in Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Frankfurt and Valencia. Between now and 2020, the cities will share, replicate and scale what works in developing innovation ecosystems for delivering effective climate action.

Helen Dunk, ConnectedClusters project lead for the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)—EIT Climate-KIC’s partner in Scotland—said:

“We’re all familiar with the way in which clusters of complementary start-ups and skilled workers can drive commercial growth—Silicon Valley is a classic example. EIT Climate-KIC believes the emergence of broader city region-based innovation clusters focused specifically on climate could be key to meeting our emissions targets and delivering local economic benefits. Our aim is to explore how best to accelerate these wider ecosystems—that bring together businesses, academics, communities and governments to deliver on low carbon solutions—in our own city regions and others across Europe.”

ConnectedClusters will develop new collaborative approaches to technology, procurement, investment and training. It’s mapping each of the five participating clusters in depth to reveal the strengths and opportunities that the project can build on. It will develop a comprehensive training programme to support city region clusters to become more effective in accessing capital, working collaboratively across sectors and providing low carbon leadership.

It will also support interaction between supply and demand-side organisations through networking and industry matchmaking events. And a series of foresighting studies will shed light on key structural challenges to delivering low carbon solutions.

The project aims to engage a wide range of city and regional actors at EUROCITIES 2018 with the project’s aims and forthcoming opportunities.

Jon Bloomfield, Systems Innovation Manager for Climate-KIC’s Urban Transitions work, said:

“Cities are facing huge challenges—social, economic and democratic. But the threat of climate breakdown will affect and compound all of these. Cities and regions can’t tackle these challenges alone. They need to bring people together across sectors and industries—from start-ups to big business, researchers, municipal authorities and communities themselves.

How can the emergence of these clusters best be developed and—crucially—accelerated? What can be shared for others to build on? That’s what we’re exploring in ConnectedClusters—and we’re looking forward to having that conversation with city leaders from across Europe at EUROCITIES 2018.”

For more information visit climate-kic.org/connectedclusters

 
Location
United Kingdom
Related Focus Area
Urban Transitions
Related Goal
Goal 2: Create green, resilient cities
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