Part of the Commission's role is to monitor the contribution of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to sustainable development, in order to provide early indications of progress in the achievement of this goal.
As a first step, a preliminary study produced a needs analysis and a draft methodology for monitoring the contribution of the 2007 Cooperation Work Programme [ 203 Kb] to sustainable development. The draft methodology included a comparison of six of the ten Cooperation Themes (Food, ICT, Nano, Energy, Environment and Transport) with the first key challenge of the renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS): climate change and clean energy. In accordance with the EU SDS, this key challenge is further divided into six objectives:
On the basis of this exercise, the research topics of the Work Programme – and in a later stage also the projects – that contribute to sustainable development and in particular address the challenge of climate change and clean energy can be easily identified.
So far, annual reviews of the FP7 Work Programmes are being produced. In June 2008, the Commission has launched a call for tender for the development and running of a more comprehensive monitoring system.