GREENING THE ECONOMY

Nikola Benin

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Call identifier: H2020-SC5-2016-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
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Call summary

Call summary
The objective of the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ is 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 limits of the planet’s natural resources and eco-systems.
To achieve the greatest possible impact of the research and innovation activities in 2016-2017, this Societal Challenge will – for the areas on climate change, environment and resource efficiency – prioritise actions which take a systemic approach to promote a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy as a key part of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth, and to deliver on Horizon 2020’s climate and sustainability goals and the objectives of the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020 (Decision No 1386/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013).
Systemic innovation is understood as innovation that aims at responding to a societal challenge by obtaining a system-wide transformation through affecting the system’s economic, social and environmental dimensions as well as their interconnections. This implies a trans-disciplinary perspective that integrates technology, business models and economic organisation, finance, governance and regulation as well as skills and social innovation. Systemic innovation therefore calls for the adoption of a challenge-driven, solutions-oriented research and innovation strategy that crosses disciplinary boundaries and involves co-creation of knowledge and co-delivery of outcomes with economic, industrial and research actors, public authorities and/or civil society.
Within this systemic approach, the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ will focus on research and innovation which unlocks private and public investment in future solutions for a resource efficient, climate smart economy with a sustainable supply of raw materials. There is a consistent need to demonstrate Europe’s potential for systemic innovation and market uptake of technological and non-technological solutions through large-scale demonstration projects. A transformative agenda on this scale requires major changes in attitudes and behaviour patterns and the contribution of social sciences and humanities will be essential to inform successful solutions. Complementary research and innovation activities are organised around the demonstration projects. Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ will act as trailblazer for ensuring that the investment of 35% for climate action and 60% for sustainable development across the whole Horizon 2020 Framework Programme will deliver maximum impact for economic, environmental and social sustainability.
This systemic approach is in line with Horizon 2020’s Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) cross-cutting objective, engaging society, integrating the gender and ethical dimensions and ensuring access to research outcomes. The ethical dimension of the activities, including relevant socioeconomic implications, should be taken into account, such as personal data protection and privacy, protection of participants and researchers, ensuring informed consent, dual use and potential misuse of the research results, fair benefit sharing when developing countries are involved, animal welfare, etc.

Given the transnational, global nature of climate change and the environment, and their scale and complexity, as well as of the raw materials supply chain, activities cover both EU level and beyond, thus contributing to the Commission’s priority ‘A Stronger Global Actor’. International co-operation aims to boost the effectiveness of the actions promoted, within a scale-and-scope approach, e.g. GEO and the IPCC. Third countries, regions and international partners or programmes have been selected in order to maximise the impact and accelerate progress, e.g. the Belmont Forum. With regard to the broader international sustainability and climate change agenda, activities funded under Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ are expected to have an impact on the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, as well as on that of the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015 (The Paris Agreement is subject to ratification of Parties).

The cross-cutting nature of the issues addressed by this Societal Challenge results in a number of research and innovation areas which can most effectively be developed jointly with other Horizon 2020 parts (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and other Societal Challenges), and in complementarity with other programmes e.g. LIFE, the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF) under the LIFE programme, or the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Coherence and synergy with actions at national, regional or local levels, via the ESIF and links to EU Presidencies, and with other initiatives such as Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), is also reinforced.
In addition to the call H2020-SC5-2016-2017 ‘Greening the economy’, activities relating to climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials are also found in the calls:
H2020-IND-CE-2016/17 ‘Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy’ (on eco-innovation),
H2020-SCC-2016/17 ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities’ (on sustainable cities through nature-based solutions),
H2020-BG-2016-2017 ‘Blue growth – demonstrating an ocean of opportunities’ (on the Arctic),
H2020-SFS-2016-2017 ‘Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains’ (on Earth Observation for Africa),
H2020-LCE-2016-2017 ‘Competitive low-carbon energy’ (on applied geo-sciences) and in the SME Instrument call H2020-SMEInst-2016-2017.

Applicants can find additional information on the respective areas of the call in the text of the WP 2016-17. You can access the H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 for Societal Challenge “Climate Action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials” by clicking here. Additionally, the link is provided under the section “Topic conditions” of each topic of this call.

 

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Call updates
  • 09 August 2016 14:44Please note that the latest information on results (Flash Call Info) for the topics SC5-01a-2016, SC5-14a-2016 and SC5-21a-2016 correspon
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