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Introduction

Earth in the balance

Even if the results were mixed, the recent Earth Summit in Johannesburg proved that the concept of sustainable development is the touchstone for humanity's future. In the past, growth was 'fuelled' by scientific and technological progress. Today, the embracing of the 'sustainable' dimension requires a radical repositioning of the role of research.

Time to decide

The Fifth Framework Programme already clearly identified sustainable development as a research priority. Since the Gothenburg Summit of June 2001, European leaders have adopted it as a key common component of all EU policies. In keeping with the new direction taken by scientific and technological research with a view to the European Research Area

  • aimed in particular at concentrating support in priority fields
  • pride of place is awarded to the two most strategic components of sustainable development: energy and transport. A third priority reaffirms the importance Europe attaches, at global level, to research on change worldwide.

Objectives

  • The development, dissemination and adoption of innovative technologies and sustainable solutions in energy production and consumption, in particular through increased use of renewable energies.
  • The development and introduction of environment-friendly, safe and competitive mobility systems for passenger and goods transport, including all forms of surface transport, i.e. road, rail and sea.
  • Improved understanding and forecasting capacities in regard to global changes, ecosystems and biodiversity as well as the creation of new management models.

Support for Research

Community action will concentrate on three major fields

Sustainable energy systems

  • Technological development and integration of renew-able energy sources in the energy system, including storage, distribution and use.
  • Energy savings and energy efficiency.
  • Development of alternative motor fuels.
  • Development of fuel cells and their application, in particular for transport and hydrogen storage.
  • Reduced use and clean burning of fossil fuels, especially coal.

Sustainable surface transport

  • New technologies and concepts for surface transport, including novel propulsion systems, in particular fuel cells.
  • Advanced design and production techniques leading to improved quality, safety, recyclability, comfort and cost-effectiveness.
  • Rebalancing, integration and interoperability of different modes of transport, in particular at urban and regional level.
  • Increased safety and reduced traffic congestion, in particular in urban areas, by means of electronic and telematic solutions and advanced satellite navigation systems.

Global change and ecosystems

  • Research into reducing greenhouse gas emissions – generated by energy, transport, industry and agriculture – and evaluation of solutions offered by carbon sinks.
  • Research on ozone layer depletion.
  • The water cycle, including soil-related aspects.
  • Understanding and protection of marine and terrestrial biodiversity and genetic resources, sustainable management of the impact of human activities on ecosystems.
  • Land management, in particular for the integrated management of coastal zones and integrated concepts for the multipurpose utilisation of agicultural and forestry resources.
  • Operational forecasting and modelling, in particular of climate change.
  • Risk assessment and methods for appraising environ-mental quality, including research on measurements.

Budget

€ 2 120 million

Untitled Document

Introduction

Earth in the balance

Even if the results were mixed, the recent Earth Summit in Johannesburg proved that the concept of sustainable development is the touchstone for humanity's future. In the past, growth was 'fuelled' by scientific and technological progress. Today, the embracing of the 'sustainable' dimension requires a radical repositioning of the role of research.

Time to decide

The Fifth Framework Programme already clearly identified sustainable development as a research priority. Since the Gothenburg Summit of June 2001, European leaders have adopted it as a key common component of all EU policies. In keeping with the new direction taken by scientific and technological research with a view to the European Research Area

  • aimed in particular at concentrating support in priority fields
  • pride of place is awarded to the two most strategic components of sustainable development: energy and transport. A third priority reaffirms the importance Europe attaches, at global level, to research on change worldwide.

Objectives

  • The development, dissemination and adoption of innovative technologies and sustainable solutions in energy production and consumption, in particular through increased use of renewable energies.
  • The development and introduction of environment-friendly, safe and competitive mobility systems for passenger and goods transport, including all forms of surface transport, i.e. road, rail and sea.
  • Improved understanding and forecasting capacities in regard to global changes, ecosystems and biodiversity as well as the creation of new management models.

Support for Research

Community action will concentrate on three major fields

Sustainable energy systems

  • Technological development and integration of renew-able energy sources in the energy system, including storage, distribution and use.
  • Energy savings and energy efficiency.
  • Development of alternative motor fuels.
  • Development of fuel cells and their application, in particular for transport and hydrogen storage.
  • Reduced use and clean burning of fossil fuels, especially coal.

Sustainable surface transport

  • New technologies and concepts for surface transport, including novel propulsion systems, in particular fuel cells.
  • Advanced design and production techniques leading to improved quality, safety, recyclability, comfort and cost-effectiveness.
  • Rebalancing, integration and interoperability of different modes of transport, in particular at urban and regional level.
  • Increased safety and reduced traffic congestion, in particular in urban areas, by means of electronic and telematic solutions and advanced satellite navigation systems.

Global change and ecosystems

  • Research into reducing greenhouse gas emissions – generated by energy, transport, industry and agriculture – and evaluation of solutions offered by carbon sinks.
  • Research on ozone layer depletion.
  • The water cycle, including soil-related aspects.
  • Understanding and protection of marine and terrestrial biodiversity and genetic resources, sustainable management of the impact of human activities on ecosystems.
  • Land management, in particular for the integrated management of coastal zones and integrated concepts for the multipurpose utilisation of agicultural and forestry resources.
  • Operational forecasting and modelling, in particular of climate change.
  • Risk assessment and methods for appraising environ-mental quality, including research on measurements.

Budget

€ 2 120 million

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