European Green Deal

The European Commission (EC) has set out the goal of making Europe climate neutral by 2050. To support this, the EC launched the European Green Deal under the current Horizon 2020 programme. There is a massive total budget of approximately € 1 billion available for the European Green Deal. The first call ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal’ supports research and innovation projects looking for ways to halt climate change and protect the European ecosystems and biodiversity.

The Green Deal initiative – also known as a roadmap – will execute policy, guidelines and measures. The European Green Deal also includes several grants. Innovative and sustainable researchers and entrepeneurs can apply for funding from 22 September 2020 until 26 January 2021.

The ten Green Deal areas

Your project must fit one of the following areas and associated topics:

  1. Increasing climate ambition: across sectoral challenges
    1. Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means
    2. Towards climate-neutral and socially innovative cities
    3. Climate-resilient innovation packages for EU regions
  2. Clean, affordable and secure energy
    1. Innovative land-based and offshore renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy system
    2. Develop and demonstrate a 100MW electrolyser upscaling the link between renewables and industrial applications
    3. Accelerating the green transition and energy access partnership with Africa
  3. Industry for a clean and circular economy
    1. Closing the industrial carbon cycle to combat climate change
    2. Demonstration of systemic solutions fort he territorial deployment of circular economy
  4. Energy and resource efficient buildings
    1. Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way
  5. Sustainable and smart mobility
    1. Green airports and ports as multimodel hubs for sustainable and smart mobility
  6. Farm to fork
    1. Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations for sustainable food from farm to fork
  7. Biodiversity and ecosystems
    1. Restoring biodiversity
  8. Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments
    1. Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals
    2. Fostering regulatory science to address chemical and pharmaceutical mixtures: from science to evidence-based policies
  9. Strengthening knowledge
    1. European Research Infrastructures’ capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges
    2. Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation
    3. A transparent and accessible ocean: towards a digital twin of the ocean
  10. Empowering citizens
    1. European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green Deal
    2. Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
    3. Enabling citizens to act on climate change and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic involvement

The former eight call areas reflect key work streams of the Green Deal call and target specific, high-impact technological and societal innovations. These areas are aimed at advancing sustainable transition relatively quickly. The latter (area 9 and 10) focuses on achieving long-term transformations such as empowering citizens and international cooperation.

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Source: European Commission

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