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The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

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Activities in this Challenge will help increase European competitiveness, raw materials security and improve wellbeing. At the same time they will assure environmental integrity, resilience and sustainability with the aim of keeping average global warming below 2° C and enabling ecosystems and society to adapt to climate change and other environmental changes.

This Challenge funds research and innovation with the following specific objectives:

  • to achieve a resource – and water - efficient and climate change resilient economy and society,
  • the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and
  • 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.
     

The 20th century's era of seemingly plentiful and cheap resources is coming to an end. The ability of the economy to adapt and become more climate change resilient, resource efficient and at the same time remain competitive depends on high levels of eco-innovation, of a societal, economic, organisational and technological nature. With the global market for eco-innovation worth around €1 trillion per annum and expected to triple by 2030, eco-innovation represents a major opportunity to boost competitiveness and job creation in European economies.

To ensure EU added value and given the transnational and global nature of the climate and the environment, their scale and complexity, and the international dimension of the raw materials supply chain, activities have to be carried out at the Union level and beyond. Reducing resource use and environmental impacts, whilst increasing competitiveness, will require a decisive societal and technological transition to an economy based on a sustainable relationship between nature and human well-being.

Innovation in these fields will provide opportunities for growth and jobs, as well as innovative options involving science, technology including of ICT, the economy, society, policy and governance.
 

Research and innovation will cover the following broad lines of activities:

  • Fighting and adapting to climate change
  • Protecting the environment, sustainably managing natural resources, water, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials
  • Enabling the transition towards a green economy and society through eco-innovation
  • Developing comprehensive and sustained global environmental observation and information systems
  • Cultural heritage

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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

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Project stories

30/06/2014

Brominated flame-retardants (BFRs) are chemicals containing bromine that are added to materials such as plastics and textiles to make them less flammable. The wide application of flame-retardants, for example in equipment such as smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices, as well as in special plastics, paints and textiles has grown considerably over the past 30 years. Combined with the increasing environmental impact of these compounds, this has raised potential toxicological and ecological concerns. Read more

11/06/2014

EU-funded researchers have used advanced modelling and geo-spatial information to compile more accurate greenhouse gas inventories for Poland and Ukraine. The approach could substantially improve the accuracy of national inventories of greenhouse gases and boost Europe’s efforts to reduce emissions. Read more

30/05/2014

In Europe, reproductive health problems in men such as poor semen quality, testicular cancer, and genital birth defects are common. These issues seem to be the result of maldevelopment and malfunction in the testes of the foetus, the so-called testicular dysgenesis syndrome (TDS), which evidence suggests may be caused by exposure to environmental chemicals. Read more

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