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Horizon 2020: Greening the Economy

Funding details
Registration opens
08 Nov 2016, 12:00
Registration closes
05 Sep 2017, 12:00
05 Sep 2017, 12:00
Horizon 2020

Call identifier: H2020-SC5-2016-2017


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.

Expected Results

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.

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