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Climate-KIC introduces: supporting the transition to a low carbon economy

June 8, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Europe has set ambitious climate change targets for 2020 and 2030. In Paris in December 2015, a world-wide agreement for new targets to cut CO2 emissions is expected. These goals will affect all aspects of the economy, society and have an wide impact on people’s lives. It will require far-reaching changes to the way we work, live and play. All organisations will be affected to some degree. Increasingly, practitioners operating in a range of sectors are finding that these changes are already taking place.

Incremental change will be inadequate to the task. This is why there is growing interest in a broader transition to a low carbon economy, where a range of actors and regions are involved within the innovation process, not just large companies and universities. The changes will come from SMEs, the public sector, the social economy and citizens themselves. This broader model of innovation, or ‘systems innovation’, is at the heart of European policy.

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private organisation aimed at tackling climate change. Supported by the European Institute of Technology, it works with companies, organisations and individuals to develop the products, services and solutions needed for the low carbon economy. To help meet Europe’s low carbon ambitions, Climate-KIC will develop a pool of skilled, multidisciplinary practitioners aware of the scale of the challenge and the routes to transition. This enable cities, companies and communities to make the necessary transformations in their daily practice, systems and business models.

This workshop offers participants an understanding of the approaches to a transition. It is aimed at individuals and organisations that are not traditionally engaged with the low carbon agenda, but those working in this area will also gain new insights. It will provide a range of practical tools that will allow individuals to consider how they and their organisations can act strategically in this wide reaching transition. It will demonstrate that the shift to a low carbon economy is as much a opportunity, as a challenge.

Aimed a key public, private and third sector decision-makers, it is designed:

  • To provide a clear introduction to the low carbon agenda, transitions and why systems innovation is crucial.
  • To unlock the transitions tool box and give participants an insight into the key methods that they can use to promote systems thinking and practice
  • As an interactive workshop, where participants will identify the challenges and barriers they face and work in groups to overcome them

At the end of the workshop, participants will be better equipped to tackle the issues of climate change in their organisations and to inform others on how to move towards the low carbon economy. It will also provide extensive networking opportunities at the West Midlands’ leading innovation hub; Innovation Birmingham Campus.

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