Horizon 2020

  • Developing user-oriented climate services became a key research and innovation priority of the European Commission and is supported through a number of funding initiatives. The way towards the development of a market for climate services has been pinpointed in the European research and innovation roadmap for climate services.

  • All in all, a budget of about € 335 million is available in 2018 for the Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials" of Horizon 2020.

    Next steps

    In March and April, independent expert panels will evaluate the proposals selecting the best ones for funding. The Commission will then inform all applicants – within five months of the call deadline – whether or not their proposal has been successful.

  • The SCREEN project, which brings together 17 regions in a Horizon 2020 funded coordination and support action, aims at developing a systemic replicable approach for funding synergies for eco-innovative solutions in Europe.

    The main goal of the workshop was to bring stakeholders from the public and private sectors together in order to discuss barriers and shortcuts to kick-starting the circular economy in European regions.

  • SOCLIMPACT aims at modelling downscaled climate change effects and their socioeconomic impacts in European islands for 2030–2100. In the context of the EU Blue Economy sectors, it will assess corresponding decarbonisation and adaptation pathways. Furthermore, it will complement current available projections for Europe and nourish actual economic models with non-market assessment.

  • Each applicant for the EIC SME Instrument Phase 2 grant has now gone through a first set of remote evaluations. The best applicants have been invited to pitch their ideas in front of a Jury of experts in investment and innovation. The list of jury members consists of 15% business angels, 20% entrepreneurs, 20% venture capitalists, experts from larger corporates, innovation hubs and accelerators – and a majority of women.

    The interviews last for no longer than 30 minutes including:

  • Horizon 2020 COACCH project (Co-designing the Assessment of Climate Change costs) project will address these issues, bringing together world-leading specialists in engineering science, climatologists and socio-economics.
    More specifically, the COACCH project will focus on: 

  • How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out

    A joint session on 'How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out' was organized at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2017. It featured contributions from Paul Ekins, Lars J. Nilsson and Jürgen Kropp, coordinators of INNOPATHS, REINVENT and EUCALC respectively. The session's discussions have identified the role of economic and social actors in CO2 phase-out, highlighting the importance of thoroughly understanding the innovation needs to address challenges of decarbonisation. 

  • The project is developing an assessment based on concrete data and indicators of the macro-economic, societal, environmental and labor market impacts of a successful transition to a circular economy. The assessment will support the European Commission in its discussions with the Member States on progress in the circular economy transition and the implications for the EU economy especially in the context of the European Semester.
    To meet this objective CIRCULAR IMPACTS builds on the following principles:
  • Monika Hohlmeier and Kurt Vandhenberge, Director at the European Commission, gave inspiring opening speeches, where they insisted on the crucial importance of protected areas such as national and regional parks. These are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation, while also contributing to people’s livelihoods, particularly at the local level. Furthermore, they contribute to mitigate the impact of climate change: it has been estimated that the global network of protected areas stores at least 15% of terrestrial carbon.

  • Hannover Messe is one of the world's largest industrial technology trade fairs that focusses on key technologies and core areas of industry – from research and development, industrial automation, IT, industrial supply, production technologies and services to energy and mobility technologies. This year the fair will happen on 23-27 April under the main theme “Industry 4.0 reaches the next stage”.