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Environment & Climate Action

Environmental and Climate Action research is tackled by a series of actions and opportunities for collaboration in the Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials". In this context, environmental research aims to achieve a resource, water efficient and climate change resilient economy and society.

Environmental Research and Innovation’s response to the Europe 2020 Strategy, which identifies smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as a means to help the EU and the Member States, develops a resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy while delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The focus of the EU Research and Innovation programme in environment is challenge-driven, funding the whole research and innovation cycle.

Environmental research and innovation finds its centre of gravity in Horizon 2020's: "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials", which has the objective of achieving a resource efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, protecting and sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems and ensuring a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems.

Helping to build a green economy,  a circular economy in sync with the natural environment, is part of the answer. Activities in the first work programme will therefore focus on moving towards a "green" society and economy. They will address gaps in the knowledge base needed to understand changes in the environment, identify the policies, methods and tools that would most effectively tackle the challenges, and support innovators and businesses to bring green solutions to the market. For the first two years of implementation, waste as a resource and water innovation have been selected as particular priorities, on the grounds of their substantial potential for business opportunities and job creation while tackling important resource efficiency challenges.

In addition, as a horizontal approach fully integrated in all Horizon 2020 priorities, activities are encouraged and supported to exploit Europe's leadership in the race to develop new processes and technologies promoting sustainable development, in a broad sense, and combating climate change. Such an approach will help the EU to prosper in a low-carbon, resource constrained world while building a resource efficient, sustainable and competitive economy.

As a result 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.


Search for funding opportunities related to environment and climate action in the Participant Portal.

Events

From 07/10/2014 to 09/10/2014
Rome, Italy,

EurOCEAN conferences are major European marine science policy conferences. EurOCEAN 2014 will take place from 7 to 9 October 2014 in Rome, Italy, as an official event of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Read more

09/10/2014
Lille,

A brokerage event on Energy and Environment is organised by J’innove network, the Regional council of the Nord-Pas de Calais with the support of Entreprise Europe Network and the Tandem Interreg project France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen.

The aim of this event is to connect the research and innovation stakeholders willing to participate at the Energy and Environment challenges of Horizon 2020 framework program. The participants will have the opportunity to meet and discuss about their project ideas. This event will allow you to make new contacts and find partners! The brokerage event is also an opportunity to meet European projects experts (research centres, funding opportunities and support for the project) during B2B meetings or in stands. The aim of bilateral meetings (B2B) is to give space to the participants for a discussion about opportunities for collaboration in the field of energy and environment.

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Multimedia

27/05/2014

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

27/05/2014

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics. Read more

04/12/2013

Marta López Daris is an ecologist from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellow at the Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología (CSIC) where she is concluding a postdoctoral position. She has already undertaken research on rethinking Darwin's Theory of Evolution in the contemporary context. Her scientific approach is to study hunting as a force driving evolution. She spent two years in the US and one year in Spain comparing the evolution of predator and prey between the Bahamas and the Canary Islands. As a scientist, the Individual Fellow Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant is helping her to improve her scientific skills and initiate strong collaborations with scientists in other parts of the world. Read more

News

18/07/2014

The stakeholder consultation for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials) closed on 23 June 2014. A short analysis provides the findings. Read more

Project stories

20/08/2014

Asthmatics already know that certain weather conditions can leave them short of breath. If sufferers of this and other diseases had access to an alert system warning of environmental conditions that could put them at risk, lives might be saved. The EO2HEAVEN project has done the groundwork for such a system. It is already in use to some extent in Germany, South Africa and Uganda. Read more

14/08/2014

Europe takes a leading role in combatting climate change, cutting its emissions and helping forge global consensus to address the problem. European action on this front includes research to learn more about weather systems across the planet, as two recent European Union (EU)-funded projects show. Read more

11/08/2014

ImpactMin project team developed new methods and tools for monitoring the environmental impact of mining using remote sensing. Read more

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