have 800 students who have graduated from our courses, leading to an
alumni group of 1,200; we have therefore created a small army of change
agents that are passionate about climate action.
What are your expectations for the COP21 talks in
Paris and a new legally binding deal to mitigate
The good thing is that European leaders have agreed a 2030 climate and
energy ambition of at least 40/27/27: a 40% reduction of greenhouse gas
emissions, a 27% improvement in energy efficiency, and raising the share
of renewables to 27%. That is good and was mirrored by the United States
and by China. It is positive that we have a deal, but we all know it is not
enough – but you have to start somewhere.
It is really important to hold on to what we have agreed and this is
something that Climate-KIC is very actively following. We need to get
everybody ready, and science continues to be extremely important in
charging the discussion.
How important do you see Europe’s leadership in
combatting climate change?
It is almost a moral obligation: Europe started the Industrial Revolution,
and now we are convincing other countries that they cannot have what
limate-KIC is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative.
As the continent’s largest public private innovation
partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to
climate change, the Knowledge and Innovation Community brings
together key actors across multiple sectors to meet this
international, multilevel challenge.
Set up in 2010 and headquartered in London, UK, the KIC leverages
education and entrepreneurship at national and regional centres across
Europe to support start-up companies. By bringing together different
partners from the public, private and academic sectors, a connected
and creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into innovative
products and services is realised, helping adjust and reduce the effects
of climate change.
Travelling to Budapest, Hungary, in May to attend INNOVEIT 2015, Portal
spoke to Climate-KIC chief executive Bertrand van Ee about the effects
the KIC is having, how Europe can take a leading role in fighting climate
change, and his thoughts on Horizon 2020.
What would you say has been the greatest impact of
Climate-KIC over the last five years?
The greatest impact has been in the education area – that is where you
begin and that is where you start forming your co-location centres. We now
Creating tomorrow’s climate
At INNOVEIT 2015, Climate-KIC chief executive
Bertrand van Ee
Europe has a “moral obligation” to lead the development of low carbon economies
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