The Climate impact forecast is a quick-and-easy tool to see and improve the carbon footprint of business ideas in the startup phase, and a stepping stone towards more meticulous life cycle assessment for established companies.

Startups use the Cif to calculate the CO2eq. reduction potential of their innovation, and incubators use the Cif to evaluate and select impact startups. Anyone can use it to compare and calculate climate impacts.

The Climate impact forecast training is used by educational and entrepreneurial programs, to teach their participants how to innovate for impact.

What it is

How it began
EIT Climate-KIC is the European catalyst for climate entrepreneurship. A European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. Their programs inspire, educate and incubate impact entrepreneurs.

It was while working with Climate-KIC that I saw that impact assessment could be, and should be, adapted for startups. Climate Impact Forecasts have been made by over 800 young entrepreneurs and over 40 incubated startups in the past 3 years. This version is included in many of EIT Climate-KIC’s programs in 2019, is offered to Climate-KIC alumni, and is available to everyone who wants to make positive impact!

My name is Bram van der Grinten, I make companies climate-positive and circular. Design is the basis of my work, and I try to make lasting changes to how companies design. Design determines what companies make, and therefore how they manufacture, distribute, provide service, (re)use resources and make money. So to make circular and climate-positive companies, designers need actionable insights on how their choices relate to impact. And as I design for or with manufacturers and startups, I make the approaches, the theory and the tools that worked available and easy to use for anyone. The Climate Impact Forecast is my attempt to bring some of the insights that Life Cycle Assessment could offer to impact startups, with a tool that requires no knowledge of LCA, and impact entrepreneurship training from a uniquely qualified expert.
Who and why

Key contributors
Joost Vogtlander, TU Delft professor at the time, creator of the ideMat app and publicist of open source impact data used in the Cif enabler and mitigation forecast

Eva Keller, Climate-KIC’s climate accounting lead at the time, and creator of the methodology underlying the Cif adaptation forecast.

Julia Milbredt (C-KIC Germany education manager & Europe greenhouse lead)
Johannes Naimer-Stach (C-KIC Austria country manager, formerly program lead climate & energy WWF)
Ebrahim Mohamed (C-KIC director of education)
Rafa Company Peris (Valencia port’s resident carbon footprint expert)
Jeremy Woods (co-founding Director of LCAworks)
Dominik Beisser (impact and climate researcher at TU Munich)
Martina Prox (Senior expert and strategist at IFU institute for environmental IT in Hamburg)
and reviewers