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Connie Hedegaard: "Over €1.1 billion of Horizon 2020 funding for 2014 will go to climate-relevant research"


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The European Commission has today for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. This includes 12 areas that will be a focus for action in 2014/2015, including topics such as personalised healthcare, digital security and smart cities.

Climate action and sustainable development is one of the cross-cutting issues mainstreamed in each of the different parts of the work programme. It is expected that at least 60% of the overall Horizon 2020 budget should be related to sustainable development, and that climate-related expenditure should exceed 35% of the budget, including mutually compatible measures improving resource efficiency.

Connie Hedegaard said: "Over €1.1 billion of Horizon 2020 budget for 2014 will go to climate-relevant research, helping to boost research and innovation for an energy-efficient, low-carbon Europe. This is climate mainstreaming in action!"

The first Horizon 2020 calls related to climate action include projects that use CO2 in chemical processes, enhance the performance of electric vehicles or make our critical infrastructures more resilient against climate extremes.

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Last update: 21/03/2014 | Top