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Energy and Climate Policy and Innovation Council e.V.: EPICO KlimaInnovation

Think tank and network for sustainable, market-based and innovation-oriented climate and energy policy

About us

A consistent focus on climate neutrality and the Paris Climate Agreement's goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C offers the opportunity for sustainable growth that preserves our well-being and quality of life and promotes the cohesion and resilience of our society. The pre-requisite is that the transition to a zero-emission, competitive economy in all sectors is significantly accelerated and fairly designed through innovation.

EPICO KlimaInnovation develops sustainable, market- and innovation-oriented strategies for climate neutrality from the centre of society, which are anchored to socially just and equitable transformations, and contributes to their implementation.

We are convinced that climate and energy policy that relies on the dynamics of competition and innovation is the key to reliably and efficiently reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gases and thereby reconciling environmental and climate protection, sustainable economic growth and socially just and equitable outcomes.

In the spirit of a social and ecological market economy, we must give the path to climate neutrality a binding framework. For the necessary and urgent acceleration of climate innovations, we need an overall concept that is open to technology and consists of market-based instruments such as emissions trading, support measures, regulation and a reform of taxes, levies, charges and fees based on CO2 emissions. Ideally, a global or at least European CO2 price for all sectors is of crucial importance. The revenues generated from this must in turn be used to support the innovation process.

Only through sustainable growth based on a binding regulatory framework in which entrepreneurship, inventiveness and personal responsibility can flourish, can new jobs be created, the well-being of future generations be preserved, and social cohesion be secured. We want Germany and Europe to make ambitious and sustainable efforts to be the world leader in climate innovation and a strong partner for international cooperation.

Who we are

EPICO KlimaInnovation is a registered non-profit association that acts as an independent market-based and innovation-oriented think tank and policy-oriented network.

EPICO KlimaInnovation is accompanied by a broad-based, independent advisory board with members from politics, business, science and civil society, which advises us on the guidelines and the fundamental direction of the think tank. The advisory board facilitates a strategic exchange and supports its members in coordinating a common climate and energy policy agenda.

EPICO KlimaInnovation is breaking new ground, because innovations for climate neutrality need a coordinated and networked approach. That is why we use agile working groups and innovative methods such as design thinking to pool the resources and expertise of various stakeholders, deploy them in a goal-oriented manner, and arrive at implementable solutions.

As a non-profit association, EPICO KlimaInnovation works completely independently. We finance our staff, activities and projects through diversified support from independent institutions or in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the European Climate Foundation, and Breakthrough Energy.