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Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

What is the Bioeconomy

The Bioeconomy offers Europe a unique opportunity to address complex inter-connected challenges, while achieving economic growth.
It can assist Europe in making the transition to a more resource efficient society that relies more strongly on renewable biological resources to satisfy consumers' needs, industry demand and tackle climate change. Read more...

About Horizon 2020

Logo Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with some €79 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

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Agriculture & Forestry

Economic growth and an ever rising world population put pressure on food demands and agricultural products. To feed nearly 9 billion people by 2050, a new vision is needed to ensure food supply, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity through agriculture.

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Safe Food & Healthy Diet

Consumers need to have access to safe, healthy, high quality and affordable food. In addition, food consumption and food and feed production, impact on human health, the environment and the global ecosystem. The challenge is how to ensure that these basic human needs are met for optimal health and well-being, while protecting the environment and ensuring that the European food and drink industry is able to develop its full growth potential, provide new jobs, and remain competitive in the global market place.

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Bio-based Industries

Research and innovation provide the means to reduce the Union's dependency on fossil fuels and contribute to meet its energy and climate change policy targets for 2020. Estimates conclude that a shift to biological raw materials and biological processing methods could save up to 2.5 billion tons of CO2 equivalent per year by 2030, increasing markets for bio-based raw materials and new consumer products several-fold.

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Aquatic resources

Seas and oceans, lakes and rivers were the cradle of primordial life. The preservation of these sensitive water resources and its biodiversity is crucial to human existence. Under Horizon 2020, the overall objective is to manage, sustainably exploit and maintain aquatic living resources to maximise social and economic benefits/returns from Europe's oceans, seas and inland waters.

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A major component of the “Industrial Leadership” pillar of Horizon 2020 are Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). These multi-disciplinary, knowledge and capital-intensive technologies cut across many diverse sectors providing the basis for significant competitive advantage for European industry, stimulating growth and the creation of new jobs.

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About FP7

The Seventh Framework Programme in Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB) was conceived to create a strong and competitive Bioeconomy and to offer solutions to challenges facing Europe and the world, such as the increasing competition for natural resources, its impact on the planet, the effects of climate change and the need to provide a sustainable, safe and secure food supply for an increasing population while ensuring optimal use of renewable biological resources. Read more...





The bioeconomy starts here!

The bioeconomy starts here!

You may have heard of the bioeconomy and wondered what it is all about.
It describes a future in which we rely on renewable biological resources to meet our needs for food, materials and energy.
At the European Commission, we believe this future is very near. And we have launched a strategy about working with nature for a more sustainable way of living.

Horizon 2020 - General overview

Horizon 2020 - General overview

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014-2020). Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three-minute animation which will give you a general overview of the programme.