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Investing in European success

Environmental research and innovation

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Europe has proven expertise in ensuring the sustainable management of the environment and its resources. This booklet presents a selection of recent projects supported through the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (2007-2013), focusing on the seven research priorities identified within the Environment research theme. These priorities are biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate action, cultural heritage, disaster risk reduction, earth observation, eco-innovation and water. Emphasis was placed on predicting climate, ecological, earth and ocean systems changes. There was also a focus on tools and technologies for monitoring, prevention, mitigation of and adaptation to environmental pressures and risks to health, as well as for the sustainability of the natural and man-made environment.


Societal challenge 5 'climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials'

advisory group recommendations : programming period 2018 – 2020

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Societal Challenge 5 of the European Commission‘s Horizon 2020 programme seeks to achieve "a resource- and water-efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, 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 ecosystems". In accordance with the mandate from Horizon 2020, the recommendations for and actions under this challenge should help draw a clear pathway towards concrete actions, transform society, and drive innovation as part of a broader knowledge development and innovation.


Research & Innovation Projects - CALLS 2014 and 2015

Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

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This report presents an overview of the 148 projects resulting from the calls 2014 - 2015 and funded by the Societal Challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' under Horizon 2020. In total EUR 946 million will be mobilized, of which EUR 720 million as EU funding.


Changing gear in R&I:green growth for jobs and prosperity in the EU

Report of the European Commission Expert Group ―R&I policy framework for Green Growth & jobs

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The report presents the notion of a global transition towards an environmentally sustainable future which is more adequate and profitable to the European peculiarities. Such ― green trajectory includes but goes beyond the traditional green sectors and European policymakers are invited to align policies to favour it. This would allow the EU to take a leading pioneering position and competitive advantages from that tilted playing field. This transition built on green research and innovation will positively impact new job creation by enticing companies to locate in Europe new high growth activities.


The role of science, technology and innovation policies to foster the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Report of the Expert Group “Follow-up to Rio+20, notably the SDGs

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This report presents the conclusions of the independent Expert Group on the “Follow-up to Rio+20, notably the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” that was established by the European Commission (EC) to provide advice on the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) for implementing the new global sustainable development agenda (2030 Agenda). The Group gives recommendations, both in terms of general policy orientations and concrete areas of engagement, for EU STI policy to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Europe and beyond, as well as for possible engagement in international initiatives concerning STI. It recommends the EU to capitalise on its Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which is seeking to invest more than 60% of its budget for sustainable development and is fully open to international participation.


A European research and innovation roadmap for climate services

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The ambition of this roadmap is to offer a framework for discussion to the relevant actors and stakeholders. It paves the way to shared solutions and pathways facilitating the development of a market for climate services that provides benefits to society. This document offers an essential contribution to achieving the EU objectives of an Energy Union with a forward looking climate policy .


Building a "joint European and African agenda research & innovation agenda on waste management"

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The intention of this paper is to inform and to mobilise stakeholders from business, academia and government towards the implementation of a “Joint European-African Research and Innovation Agenda on Waste Management” (JR&IA) with the goal of advancing collaborative research and innovation between Africa and Europe in the area of waste management; and to leverage institutional, technical, and financial resources to support such collaboration.


Getting cultural heritage to work for Europe

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Evidence demonstrates that relatively modest investment in cultural heritage can pay substantial dividends. These can be taken economically but also in terms of improving environmental sustainability and social cohesion.


Towards an EU research and innovation policy agenda for nature-based solutions & re-naturing cities

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Nature-based solutions simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits by bringing more nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes.


From niche to norm

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Suggestions by the group of experts on a 'systemic approach to eco-innovation to achieve a low-carbon, circular economy'.

Circular approaches to phosphorus

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This report constitutes a summary of presentations and discussions which took place at the workshop ‘Circular approaches to phosphorus: from research to deployment’ held in Berlin in 2015. Bringing together research and demonstration projects on phosphorus recovery and recycling from across Europe, with industry practitioners and experts

Investing in European success - Earth Observation

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The European Commission together with 27 EU Member States are active members of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which provides a global voluntary framework where governments and participating organisations can coordinate their strategies and investments in the field of Earth observation while promoting full and open access to data and information through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).


EU Research - Biodiversity

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Humanity has rarely faced a challenge as significant as ensuring the survival of our species through the sustainable use of the living world of which we are a part. Ever since humans mastered fire, invented tools, and discovered agriculture, nature has been viewed as a source of strength and growth on which we depend.


EU Research - Climate Change

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Research in the environmental sciences is necessary for a better understanding of the underlying principles of climate change and its effects. But simply understanding how and why climate change is occurring is not enough. We also need to know its impacts and how to respond.


EU research - Cultural heritage

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Europe’s cultural heritage is invaluable for its citizens and is irreplaceable. It provides an opportunity to gain understanding of the past and promotes a sense of social and common identity. Overtime, however, the fragility of European cultural heritage has increased and its vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change, pollution, natural and man-made disasters, neglect, vandalism and tourism become more evident. Changing landscapes, deforestation and coastal erosion due to increasing urbanisation also take their toll. To avoid irreversible damage and loss, appropriate action is needed at every level.


EU research - Earth observations

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The Earth's atmosphere, oceans and landscapes are changing rapidly, with human activities being a major driver. Monitoring and modelling the changes are critical because they allow governments, society and the private sector to make informed decisions about climate, energy, food security, natural hazards, health and other societal challenges.


EU Research - Environment and health

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The best scientific evidence now indicates that chemicals in our air, water, soil, food, homes, schools and work places can be important causative factors in many human diseases and health conditions. The European Union is concerned about this problem and is supporting research aimed at better understanding the risks.


EU Research – International cooperation

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A large number of the challenges facing us today, whether socio-economic, environmental or scientific, are common to many countries. Globalisation, and the rapid development into world markets of emerging economies like Brazil, China and India further amplifies these challenges.


EU Research - Marine environment

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As the last frontier on planet Earth, our seas and oceans are still relatively unexplored, but they have long been exploited extensively for mineral and biological resources, and more recently for oil and gas. With marine-based scientific activities and ‘blue growth’ now widely seen as sources of new economic prosperity, the need to better manage and protect our European waters is more urgent than ever.


EU Research - Natural hazards and disasters

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There has never been a time when natural hazards did not regularly and profoundly affect life on earth. Tales of torrents, floods and earthly upheaval appear in our most ancient myths, and such events have played and continue to play, now more than ever, an integral part in the natural history of our planet.


EU Research - Social innovation for sustainability

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Moving towards a greener economy while keeping the quality of development sustainable is a major challenge. This entails, among other factors, good policy-making, changes in societal and individual lifestyles, ethical consumerism and, perhaps most importantly, good research to understand all of the factors at play.


EU Research - Soil and sustainable land use management

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Competition for land in Europe is increasing, due to a growing population and increasing demands, especially in cities. Housing, a growing infrastructure, industry, agriculture and leisure are not easy to accommodate.


EU Research – Water

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Today, economic development, growing populations and increasing degradation of the environment all make sustainable exploitation of resources a priority, and no resource is more fundamental to our well-being than water.


EU Research - Waste as a resource

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As today’s consumer society has expanded, so has the consumption of resources and the waste it produces. Domestic waste, industrial waste… the population of the EU throws away 2.7 billion tonnes of it every year, of which 98 million tonnes are hazardous. The greatest waste stream comes from construction and demolition waste.


EU Research - Systemic eco-innovation

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Trends in the consumption of resources have been constantly increasing over the last decades, while pressures are being placed on the environment. These are challenges where single eco-innovative solutions alone are not enough. There is a need to address breakthroughs in innovation for a systemic change and to move beyond classical boundaries of production and consumption, bringing economic and environmental benefits to society as a whole.


A European research and innovation roadmap for climate services

The ambition of this roadmap is to offer a framework for discussion to the relevant actors and stakeholders. It paves the way to shared solutions and pathways facilitating the development of a market for climate services that provides benefits to society.

A european research area for the environment

Assessment of progress and recommendations for the future.

EU research for the environment 2007-2013

A summary of environmental research funded by the European Union, providing the context of environmental research and giving an overview of the ten research priorities within the “Environment” research theme.



Project: IDREEM

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.


Project: ZEPHYR

The travelling greenhouse

Can a small greenhouse help to guarantee the sustainability of European forests? To find out, the Futuris team travelled to northern Italy.



Kill the spill

The sea is naturally self-cleaning because most pollution is eaten by microorganisms living in the water. But that process takes time. Too much time, because as the tourist season is beginning in the Mediterranean, the coastlines can be damaged at any time by shipping accidents resulting in oil spills which are difficult to remove from the surface of the water.


Project: STEP

The plight of the pollinators

Pollinators like bumblebees are declining in Europe. What are the causes, the consequences and the possible solutions? Researchers know that the causes are multiple: a combination of habitat loss, pathogens, alien species, agrichemical pollution and even climate change.



Building houses with bacteria

Houses of the future could be partially built with bacteria. It sounds like science fiction but researchers involved in an EU-backed project in Madrid are working towards making this a concrete reality.



Elastic road surface reduces motorway noise pollution

Noise pollution is still an issue on Europe’s roads. But thanks to technological advances, it’s less down to the sound of the car’s engine and more about how tyres touch the road surface.



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