Environment research and innovation

Information on policies, strategy, funding and events related to research and innovation on the environment

New publication: What Nature-Based Solutions can do for us

Nature-based Solutions – with healthy ecosystems at their core - are key to sustainably tackling societal, economic and environmental challenges.

Between November 2019 and May 2020, six independent experts undertook the analysis of EU-funded projects in the area of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in order to assess their impact and valorise their results. Their work highlights the added value and policy relevance of EU-funded NBS projects.
Working closely with European Commission expert staff and supported by the network of Horizon 2020-funded NBS projects, the experts have produced six sectorial reports and a final consolidated report.

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BBI JU: a high-impact initiative for green recovery of Europe

Since 2014, BBI JU funded projects are laying the foundations for a green recovery of Europe. With funding worth €706 million, the vast majority of these projects are developing new sustainable bio-based chemicals, materials and products with a lower environmental impact than their fossil-based alternatives. The BBI JU’s recently published report highlights the environmental, socio-economic and technological impacts of the initiative.

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Circular Cities and Regions Initiative

The Circular Cities and Regions Initiative is part of the new Circular Economy Action Plan. It will provide support to stakeholders for the implementation of territorial circular economy solutions. It will contribute to the implementation of the new Circular Economy Action Plan, the European Green Deal and the Bioeconomy Strategy.

Changing how we produce and consume: New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers

The European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe's new agenda for sustainable growth. With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers.

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Low Emission Development Strategies around the World: Linking climate action and sustainable development based on the experience of two EU-funded projects

This conference will bring together stakeholders, policy experts and two ground-breaking EU-funded projects that have been working in this area for several years, to present the project results and discuss implications for climate, energy and development policies.

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Commission and European Space Agency plan Earth-system science initiative to address critical environmental challenges

Recognising the importance of collaboration in the field of Earth-system science, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced today their intention to establish a joint initiative to align selected activities in terms of goals, content, and planning under the research programmes of both institutions.

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A new report informs policy and funding decisions on a circular economy for plastics

Experts from across the plastics value chain have developed policy recommendations and identified R&I priorities for transitioning towards a circular economy for plastics. These insights are based on evidence extracted from EU-funded projects and the wider scientific community. They are gathered in an expert policy report to inform policy and funding decisions on a circular economy for plastics.

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Single-use plastics: Commission welcomes ambitious agreement on new rules to reduce marine litter

The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached a provisional political agreement on new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

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The European Commission presents a selection of its research, science and innovation on climate change adaptation

The European Commission has published a policy booklet presenting a selection of its research, science and innovation on climate change adaptation. Mitigating the impacts of impacts of climate change and adapting to changes already taking place or impossible to avoid require fundamental changes to societies and behaviours all over the world – as well as scientific breakthroughs, both technological and social. The projects in the booklet have provided information on risks and impacts of global warming above 1.5°C/2°C and the costs and benefits of adaptation. They have helped to make our crops and forests more resilient to climate change, improved the capacity to protect our societies from climate-related threats, and fostered the development of nature-based solutions and climate services to support decision-making.

The booklet has been published to coincide with the UNFCCC 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Katowice (Poland), and shortly after the European Commission published an evaluation of the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change and its strategic vision for a new EU long-term strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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