As European countries grow their renewable energy capacity, grid operators need to find ways to balance supply and demand due to the variability of sun and wind. The recent trial of a smart distribution system on the Danish island of Bornholm, where more than 50 %of electricity comes from wind farms, has demonstrated an efficient and effective solution.
Commission to invest €8.5 billion in research and innovation in 2017
The new H2020 Work Programme for SC5 is now available and a budget of almost €400 million out of the total of €8.5 billion is dedicated to research and innovation in Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials sectors for 2017.More Information
A fresh splash for Aquaculture
EU funded project IDREEM improves environmental and economic efficiency in EU aquaculture by facilitating a circular economy of reduced environmental impact and increased productivity.
Shortlist of the BiodivERsA 2015-2016 COFUND call: 26 pan-European projects recommended for funding (€33m)
The BiodivERsA network, supported by the European Commission, launched a call last year for research into how we can build more sustainable ecosystems (i.e. forests and bog-lands), as well as the delivery of ecosystem services (i.e SMEs focussed on the sustainability of our ecosystems). The 26 projects shortlisted and recommended for funding have been announced, with a focus on two themes:
- Theme #1: Understanding and managing the biodiversity dynamics of soils and sediments to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services
- Theme #2: Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics in land-, river- and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures, and naturing cities) to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services
The projects selected for funding will be announced by October 2016.
SASMAP wins EU Prize for Cultural Heritage
EU funded project SASMAP won the 2016 edition of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage (Europa Nostra awards) in the category of research for its efforts on protecting Europe's underwater treasures. The project aims to develop new technologies and best practices in order to locate, assess and manage Europe’s underwater cultural heritage in a more effective way than is possible today.
Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030
The EU is determined to fully implement the 2030 Agenda by aligning its own policies and actions to the objectives of the Agenda in tune with the UN adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What's New on the Site
13 June 2016
New Publication: Societal challenge 5 'climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' : advisory group recommendations : programming period 2018 – 2020
1 June 2016
Prima Public Consultation Summary Report published
18 April 2016
"Changing gear in R&I:green growth for jobs and prosperity in the EU" - New publication
8-10 August 2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom - Euro Global Summit and Expo on Biomass
29 August - 1 September 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands - 4th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S)
29-31 August 2016, Wageningen, Netherlands - IBBESS: International BioBased Economy Student SymbioSUM