European Climate-KIC model successfully adapted for the launch of Climate-KIC Australia

Climate-KIC today welcomes the launch of Climate-KIC Australia, a self-financed, independent and separate legal entity from Climate-KIC, based on the successful European Knowledge and Innovation Community (‘KIC’) model for catalysing climate innovation from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Climate-KIC Australia is a national response to the climate change challenge, and the global-scale opportunities that this represents. It will focus on three areas: reducing carbon emissions from energy production, the sustainable growth of urban environments and enabling regional transition away from carbon intensive industries to a more sustainable economy.

Quote from Martin Kern, Director, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT):

“We are pleased to welcome Climate-KIC Australia to the EIT family. Action against climate change has no borders and requires global cooperation and innovation – this is what the EIT delivers. Together we power entrepreneurs to turn best ideas into green products, start-ups and jobs.”

Quote from Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, Climate-KIC:

“I’m delighted to partner with Climate-KIC Australia, inspired by the model of Climate-KIC Europe and its success in bridging entrepreneurship, research, industry and public institutions to develop effective solutions for climate change. We look forward to working together to share progress, best practice and build bridges between the European Commission and the Australian government, taking the climate innovation agenda to a truly global audience.”

Quote from Mary Ritter, International Ambassador, Climate-KIC:

“Climate-KIC Australia is an important part of building up our capacity for tackling climate change and the perfect complement to the initiatives already underway in Europe. We look forward to collaborating with Climate-KIC Australia to scale up climate innovation on both continents.”

Quote from Climate-KIC Australia:

“Similar to its European predecessor, Climate-KIC Australia will form a key part of a structured, cohesive and effective response to climate change in Australia – bringing together the best to enable climate innovation to form the foundation of the future Australian economy.”

Whilst the global impact of climate change is obvious, making it essential that we cooperate internationally and share knowledge, the need to adapt to local circumstances is often overlooked.

Australia is a region that is particularly sensitive to climate change, such as increasing temperature. Climate-KIC are pleased that through adapting the European Climate-KIC model to Australia, their response is focused on the opportunities and potential for positive action, innovation and new business presented by climate change.

The establishment of Climate KIC’s, based on the European model, is currently under discussion with other countries. If you are interested in exploring how the Climate-KIC model could be applied to your territory, please contact




Stefan Denig, Director of Communications and Marketing

Tel:      +32 (0) 473 63 28 25



Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy.

We address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.

We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations.

Our approach starts with improving the way people live in cities. Our focus on industry creates the products required for a better living environment, and we look to optimise land use to produce the food people need.

Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.


Climate-KIC Australia is a public-private innovation partnership aimed at finding solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation. It is a new type of entity to catalyse change: building networks, linking ideas, commercial know-how and investment capital to transform the way Australia responds to climate change.

Climate KIC Australia’s partners encompass, state governments, universities, NGOs and the business sector,


The EIT is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to spur innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe to overcome some of its greatest challenges. It brings together leading higher education institutions, research labs and companies to form dynamic cross-border partnerships – Knowledge and Innovation Communities, KICs – that develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

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