Environment research and innovation

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Commission and European Space Agency plan Earth-system science initiative to address critical environmental challenges

Recognising the importance of collaboration in the field of Earth-system science, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced today their intention to establish a joint initiative to align selected activities in terms of goals, content, and planning under the research programmes of both institutions.

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A new report informs policy and funding decisions on a circular economy for plastics

Experts from across the plastics value chain have developed policy recommendations and identified R&I priorities for transitioning towards a circular economy for plastics. These insights are based on evidence extracted from EU-funded projects and the wider scientific community. They are gathered in an expert policy report to inform policy and funding decisions on a circular economy for plastics.

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Single-use plastics: Commission welcomes ambitious agreement on new rules to reduce marine litter

The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached a provisional political agreement on new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

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The European Commission presents a selection of its research, science and innovation on climate change adaptation

The European Commission has published a policy booklet presenting a selection of its research, science and innovation on climate change adaptation. Mitigating the impacts of impacts of climate change and adapting to changes already taking place or impossible to avoid require fundamental changes to societies and behaviours all over the world – as well as scientific breakthroughs, both technological and social. The projects in the booklet have provided information on risks and impacts of global warming above 1.5°C/2°C and the costs and benefits of adaptation. They have helped to make our crops and forests more resilient to climate change, improved the capacity to protect our societies from climate-related threats, and fostered the development of nature-based solutions and climate services to support decision-making.

The booklet has been published to coincide with the UNFCCC 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Katowice (Poland), and shortly after the European Commission published an evaluation of the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change and its strategic vision for a new EU long-term strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Independent experts make research and innovation recommendations for achieving emissions goals

A panel of independent experts on decarbonisation has published a report on the role of research and innovation in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, as well as the R&I priorities that will put the EU at a competitive advantage in the decarbonisation race. The report recommends engaging in a race to the top in innovation for decarbonisation, giving priority to zero-carbon solutions by developing diverse portfolios of zero-carbon technologies, emphasising system-level innovation and investments in high-value segments of the value chains, within the 2050 timeframe.

The report has been published together with the Commission Strategy ‘A Clean Planet for All’ for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Commission calls out to innovators to develop early warning system for epidemics

European Commission launched a €5 million prize to find the best solution for setting up a scalable, reliable and cost-effective early warning system for epidemics. By use of Copernicus and GEOSS earth observation data the system shall be able to forecast and monitor outbreaks of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, zika, dengue or yellow fever.

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Algeria joins PRIMA research and innovation partnership

The European Union and Algeria signed last week an international agreement on Algeria's participation in the 'Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area' (PRIMA). This makes Algeria the first third country not associated to Horizon 2020 to participate in this partnership. The initiative will focus on developing much-needed solutions for a more sustainable management of water and agro-food systems in the Mediterranean. PRIMA is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation framework programme.

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