History – Clim’Ability (2016-2019)

The Clim’Ability project “Support for companies to take into account climate change on the scale of the Upper Rhine” was born out of interdisciplinary research on Climate Services to French Industry (SECIF) funded by the French National Research Agency and led by Pascale Braconnot, a climatologist at the IPSL (Pierre-Simon Laplace Institute).

More information on the ANR SECIF project

The sociological side of this research focuses on Alsace, based on interviews with representatives of the Territorial Climate-Energy Plans in Alsace (8 Climate Plans in total), consulting firms and companies to identify the awareness of companies regarding climate change and to work, based on this awareness, on strategies for adapting to climate change.

Faced with the interest and success of the approach, the Alsatian holders (INSA Strasbourg, Florence Rudolf, Professeure des Universités) have built a cross-border project with their partners from the very beginning (Chambre de commerce et d’industrie et Météo France), to which were added the universities of Bâle, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace (UHA),  Landau-Koblenz and Lausanne. The construction of this research project took more than a year to reach maturity.

The Clim’Ability project was officially launched on January 1, 2016 and took off at the Kick’Off Meeting on April 25, 2016 at the Strasbourg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Kick-off meeting

Clim’Ability’s official Kick Off meeting at the CCIAE, April 25th, 2016.

Clim’Ability took place over a period of 3 years. It was co-financed within the framework of the INTERREG V A “Upper Rhine” program. It brought together 14 partners under the guidance of INSA Strasbourg. Its objective was to develop self-diagnostic tools to help companies in their adaptation to climate change.