Horizon 2020 focusing on Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials


Horizon 2020 focusing on Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

The European Commission has defined Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials as a major societal challenge and opens Horizon 2020 funds to research projects working on these topics.

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Activities in the 5th societal challenge (SC 5) of the Horizon 2020 funding programme by the European Commission will help increase European competitiveness, raw materials security and improve wellbeing. At the same time they will assure environmental integrity, resilience and sustainability with the aim of keeping average global warming below 2° C and enabling ecosystems and society to adapt to climate change and other environmental changes.

Within SC 5 research and innovation with the following specific objectives can be funded:

  • to achieve a resource – and water - efficient and climate change resilient economy and society,
  • the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and
  • a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet’s natural resources and eco-systems.

For details on the Calls for Proposals, deadlines, budgets, etc., please refer to the Work Programme 2016-2017.For general information on Horizon 2020, please visit the respective European Commission websites or era.gv.at.

Background: The 20th century’s era of seemingly plentiful and cheap resources is coming to an end. The ability of the economy to adapt and become more climate change resilient, resource efficient and at the same time remain competitive depends on high levels of eco-innovation, of a societal, economic, organisational and technological nature. With the global market for eco-innovation worth around € 1 trillion per annum and expected to triple by 2030, eco-innovation represents a major opportunity to boost competitiveness and job creation in European economies.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological
development and demonstration under grant agreement no 603218.

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