Climate Lab is pursuing the most effective ways to achieve climate neutrality as quickly as possible. Along with our focus on three key industries—energy, mobility, and construction and housing—we see the transitions towards climate neutrality and a circular economy as interdependent processes, where strategic alignment and collaboration between multi-sectoral players are crucial for swift progress.

We are working to integrate the principles of circularity into our innovation programs, identify synergies and opportunities for cross-pollination in our growing community, and build enduring connections to amplify the impact of initiatives working towards a climate-neutral, circular economy.

Climate Change & Circularity

The use of natural resources and the production of goods are closely intertwined with greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The Circularity Gap Report 2022 found that “climbing rates of resource use are responsible for catapulting billions of tons of human-made GHGs into our atmosphere—70% of emissions, to be precise.” Currently, most countries signed on to the Paris Agreement are predominantly focused on the transition to renewable energy, however that will not be sufficient to meet the 1.5° target without fundamental changes to the resource-intensive nature of our “take-make-waste” linear economy.

Focus Areas

Our initial focus is on areas that not only align with Austria’s circular economy strategy, but can also have the greatest impact in reducing carbon emissions.

  • Circular product cycles: mattresses & textiles 
  • Buildings & renovation
  • Quality secondary materials

“A circular economy is a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops. This can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing and recycling.”

– United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Join us!

Our need to collaborate is more urgent than ever. Our inspiring community is diverse, innovative and committed to achieving progress—together.

In our community, we build connections between innovators working on the circular economy and those focused on climate protection. Together, we exchange, find synergies and collaborate on new solutions.

Our events are focused, relevant and solution-oriented. We bring together diverse perspectives, facilitate collective creativity, and explore new ways to work and innovate together.

Our newly renovated space in Spittelau, Vienna, is a center for circularity and climate innovators. With flex desks, team offices, event venues and community areas, it’s the ideal place to work, meet, and experiment.