Bridging the Gap for Innovations in Disaster Resilience

Studies from the IPCC indicate that Europe is particularly prone to risks of river and coastal floods, droughts resulting in water restrictions and damages from extreme weather events such as heat events and wildfires.

Evidence is now ever stronger that damages from these natural hazards will increase:

  1. Evaluations also show a huge potential to reduce these risks through adaptation strategies. For instance, ClimateCost results

  2. Predict that annual expected flood damages can be reduced from 20 to 8 billion euro in the 2020s and from 46 to 19 billion euro in the 2050s.

    Moreover, damage reduction is expected to outweigh adaption costs by far (expected costs are 1.7 and 3.4 billion euro in 2020s and 2050s, respectively).

    Unfortunately, although that is a huge amount of climate adaptation innovations, many fail to reach the market.

Brigaid: From prototype to market ready innovation

BRIGAID’s response to the call topic:

Expected impact

  • Rapid large-scale deployment and market uptake.
  • High replicability.
  • Contribution to development of technological.
  • Performance standards for adaptation options.

BRIGAID’s approach

  • 7 concrete steps that form the path to deliver innovations to the market:
  • Network of validation centres.
  • Strong involvement of innovators (as shown by support letters).
  • Testing & independent evaluation of innovations (TIF).
  • Business development (MAF+).
  • Additional funding if needed based on the business case (PPIF).
  • Intensive marketing and dissemination (demonstration periods, conferences, pitches).
  • Strong involvement of end users (as shown by support letters).