Creative work in innovation teams
Together, the representatives of the individual partners are forming innovation teams: the central pillars of IN4climate.NRW. They are generating ideas for how production processes and value chains can be put on a sustainable climate-neutral footing and how the industrial sector can contribute to the development of climate friendly products.
The innovation teams create “thinking spaces” in which to engage in discussions about visions for the future away from day-to-day business. This is an ongoing, creative working process involving regular workshops. At these events, the partners explore various key issues concerning technology, infrastructure and innovation as well as project-related development strategies, value chains and tools. Their work is currently focused on topics affecting the energy-intensive primary sector.
In order to properly address the vast range of available approaches and technologies, working groups are formed on the basis of the topics discussed in the innovation teams, allowing for a more profound and focused analysis. The results from the working groups, in turn, are presented to the innovation teams, where they can be set out in document form and communicated to those members of the public who are active in politics in particular.
Within this context, work is currently being carried out on the topics of the circular economy, hydrogen, political conditions, narratives and heat.
The driving force behind IN4climate.NRW is its Head Office, which coordinates all of its organisational activities. It links the initiative into national and international networks, identifies funding opportunities for innovations and publicises the platform’s work and findings.
Strategy Board and Advisory Boards
The process is also supported by a Strategy Board, which is organised at board and ministerial level and provides overall strategic and political direction. The work of the innovation teams is also given strategic assistance by the Management Advisory Board, which in turn receives support from the Scientific Advisory Board. Finally, the Economic Advisory Board provides ongoing guidance – especially on matters involving the discussion of political and regulatory frameworks.
The scientific competence centre SCI4climate.NRW, which comprises six prominent research institutes in the state, provides scientific support and investigates the options for the development and organisation of a climate-neutral and future-proof primary sector.