In addition to the coaching & training and access to corporates, investors and procurers, EIC-supported researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs have access to the EIC Greenhouse Gas (EIC GHG) programme. With the EIC GHG programme, part of the Business Acceleration Services, the EIC offers the support and expertise needed to assess, track and efficiently reduce the carbon footprint of beneficiaries and co-create new green services and business along the way.
The EIC GHG programme is a journey towards carbon neutrality, with a set of unique steps that SMEs will benefit from. This includes the use of a dedicated GHG tool to assess a company's carbon footprint and suggest mitigation measures, as well as co-co-creation activities & working groups with corporates, industrial associations, regions in carbon transition and others SMEs.
EIC Greenhouse Gas Tool
The EIC GHG Tool is the starting point for considering and developing the most efficient solutions to reduce GHG emissions and assess to what extent one company’s strategy is compatible with EU objectives.
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The GHG Tool allows each EIC beneficiary to simulate the GHG emissions of their activities on the largest scope possible, i.e., their daily direct GHG emissions (e.g., site combustion such as on-building heating or mobile consumption such as vehicle fuel consumption) and their indirect emissions (e.g., manufacturing of sold products, business travel, waste, etc.). Once the carbon footprint is assessed for a baseline year, the tool will suggest a selection of typical mitigation measures applicable to the company’s activities. It will then be possible to choose the preferred measures and commit to a certain level of ambition for the implementation of each measure in the next years. Starting from these results and the choices of measures, the beneficiaries may consider or suggest innovative products which may help reduce emissions for each emission category.
New: Free Journey to Carbon Neutrality Initiative
The European Innovation Council has developed a brand new initiative to promote beneficiairies that put efforts in GHG emission reductions.
We offer a free set of tailored services with personalised help during your journey towards climate neutrality. To add to it, we are implementing a new feature to certify your environmental engagement.
If you are interested in this new feature of the EIC GHG Programme, click HERE to fill out the application form and get the support you need to know how to be eligible for the Badges & CO2 Neutral Label initiative.
As you use the EIC GHG tool to get a better understanding of your carbon footprint and pinpoint mitigation measures and solutions that work best for your business, you can engage in the complementary GHG badges & label initiative that is meant to award your ‘green’ commitment.
This is provided free of charge and officially supported by the European Commission. Each beneficiary that has reached one of the two first milestones of the Journey, will be awarded a personalized badge. Beneficiaries reaching CO2 Neutral will be awarded the full Company EIC CO2 Neutral label.
Following your progression, you can use it as a proof of your environmental engagement and share it with your clients and community.
Through the dedicated EIC GHG support services, EIC beneficiaries will acquire expert knowledge on CO2 emissions, climate regulations and learn why climate action is a business case. As from September 2021 EIC beneficiaries will have access to:
- Free support from CO2 experts during regular online live sessions (4h per month as from September 2021) and an online helpdesk;
- A GHG Resource Library with studies, papers and other sources. The library is updated every two/three months with new information, sources and studies on the latest climate science news;
- Weekly content on the EIC Community, including a news recap of all climate related news and inspiring success stories. The EIC Community is home to over 5500 of Europe’s most innovative startups and scaleups, many of whom are already working on innovative services and products that positively contribute to GHG emissions reduction. An overview (updated on a regular basis) of these leading examples can be found on the EIC Community. In addition, regular updates on the latest climate-related breakthroughs and co-benefits of climate action are planned.
Co-creation and working groups
The EIC GHG co-creation activities are a key component of the programme and will enable EIC beneficiaries to partners with Europe’s largest corporates (SUEZ, Unilever, Bondalti), industrial associations (Cepi), regions in carbon transition (Western Macedonia, Katowice) and other SMEs.
The co-creation activities allow EIC beneficiaries to be more customer-oriented, improve the relationship among different players, and increase the chance of successfully adapting and inventing new products and services. Each co-creation activity lasts six months, from application and selection, to kick-off and co-creation, eventually leading to a dedicated demo day where co-creation products and services can be showcased.
In addition, EIC beneficiaries are invited to be part of online Working Groups on the EIC Community Platform. Working Groups on the EIC Community Platform will help start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs to successfully establish co-creation teams (co-creation peer-to-peer) with the help of qualified business facilitators.
A full list of co-creation activities can be found in the calendar below. To apply for the EIC GHG co-creation activities, please visit the EIC Community.
FAQ & further support
For general questions on the EIC GHG programme, please refer to the FAQ below.
For further support on the GHG tool, events and other GHG reduction services, please contact the EIC GHG Helpdesk and select one of the EIC GHG categories.
- 08-09 June 2022EIC GHG: Co-creation with Holcim
- 21-23 June 2022EIC GHG: Co-creation with Goriška (SL)
- 21-23 June 2022EIC GHG: Co-creation with Sachsen-Anhalt (DE)
- 21-23 June 2022EIC GHG: Co-creation with Helsinki-Uusimaa (FI)
- 28-29 June 2022EIC GHG: Co-creation with EURATEX