Climate action, Environment, Resource efficiency and Raw materials

C’est parti! Les appels à projets de la thématique SC5 « Environnement » du programme Horizon2020 pour la période 2018-2020 sont lancés !

Attention la plupart des dates limites de soumission sont vers la fin février 2018.

Voici les deux principaux axes, ainsi que leurs liens respectifs à consulter pour plus de détails (in English, of course!) :

1. CALL: BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: CLIMATE ACTION IN SUPPORT OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT
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all identifier: H2020-LC-CLA-2018-2019-2020

The COP21 Paris Agreement (PA) marked the beginning of a new era in the fight against climate change. Governments agreed to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C and to make efforts to limit this to 1.5°C, as well as to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerabilities. This call contributes in its entirety to the Focus Area « Building a low-carbon climate-resilient future », which brings together funding to support the goals of the PA.

  • 07 November 2017 00:30 The submission session is now available for: LC-CLA-04-2018(RIA), LC-CLA-03-2018(RIA), LC-CLA-08-2018(RIA), LC-CLA-01-2018(RIA)

 

link: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-lc-cla-2018-2019-2020.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-LC-CLA-2018-2019-2020/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc

 

2. CALL: GREENING THE ECONOMY IN LINE WITH THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS)
Call identifier: H2020-SC5-2018-2019-2020

This call focuses on moving to a greener, more resource efficient and climate-resilient economy in sync with the natural environment, demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

  • Connecting economic and environmental gains – the circular economy (topics: CE-SC5-01-2018, CE-SC5-02-2018, CE-SC5-03-2018, CE-SC5-04-2019 and CE-SC5-05-2018)

Further development of a sustainable, resource efficient and competitive economy will require a transition to a more circular economic model with products, processes, services and business models that are designed to maintain the value and utility of materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible. The circular economy solutions should combine a strong environmental rationale with a convincing business logic.

The topics in this part of the call contribute to the focus area ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the circular economy’.

It should be noted that a number of topics (with « CE- » in the topic identifier) in the ‘Raw Materials’ section of this call also contribute to the circular economy.

 

  • Raw materials (topics: CE-SC5-06-2018, CE-SC5-07-2018-2019-2020, CE-SC5-08-2018-2019-2020, SC5-09-2018-2019 and SC5-10-2019-2020)

The EU is highly dependent on raw materials that are crucial for a strong European industrial base, an essential building block of the EU’s growth and competitiveness. The main aim of this part of the call will be on achieving the objectives and meeting the targets of the EIP on Raw Materials. A wide range of actions will cover the entire EU raw materials value chain, from sustainable exploration, extraction, processing to recycling. Actors from the whole EU raw materials innovation chain will be involved, including researchers, industry, end-users, public authorities and civil society.

Topics relevant to bio-based materials (e.g. wood) and the bio-economy can be also found in Societal Challenge 2 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bio-economy’.

Topics in this part of the call that contribute to the focus area ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the circular economy’ (prefix ‘CE’) will contribute to the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan.

 

  • Water for our environment, economy and society (topics: SC5-11-2018 and SC5-12-2018)

Changes in water availability, the frequency of floods and droughts due to climate and other environmental changes, pollution trends, increased competition in water use including for industry, energy, agriculture and food production, land-use changes and increasing urbanisation all require the development and implementation of robust, smart, effective and tailored water management systems, solutions and multi-sectoral governance models in Europe and globally. The transformative potential of digital technologies can play an important role in doing so.

It should be noted that topic CE-SC5-04-2019 ‘Building a water-smart economy and society’ in this call, as well as topics in the call ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement‘ also contribute to this priority.

 

  • Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience (topics: SC5-13-2018-2019 and SC5-14-2019)

Most of the challenges Europe is facing today, such as climate change, water and waste management, health, social cohesion and immigration, have a strong urban dimension. However cities are also hubs of technological and social innovation, the places where capital investments, high productivity and high-skilled jobs are located. In this sense, cities not only contribute and are exposed to global challenges but they are also key players in providing solutions.

It should be noted that topic CE-SC5-03-2018 ‘Demonstrating systemic urban development for circular and regenerative cities’ in this call also contributes to this priority.

 

  • Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Earth observation (topics: SC5-15-2018 and SC5-16-2019)

The Commission, together with the European GEO nations, is committed to implementing GEOSS in line with the new GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025 and to developing an approach towards GEOSS for the European region that facilitates and steers national contributions while accelerating the use of GEOSS resources. At the same time, the capacity to observe the planet is evolving rapidly, leading to higher volumes of and more diverse data flows produced at European and national level by private and public operators (including from citizens).

It should be noted that topics addressing Earth observation can also be found in other parts of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, notably:

– in a dedicated part of the call ‘Space 2018-2020‘ (H2020-SPACE-2018-2020) in the Work Programme part ‘Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – Space

– certain topics in the call ‘Blue Growth’ (H2020-BG-2018-2020) in the Work Programme part ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’

– the EIC Prize ‘Early Warning for Epidemics‘ in the Work Programme part ‘Towards the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot’.

 

  • Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting (topics: SC5-17-2018, SC5-18-2018)

Predicting earthquakes reliably and enhancing early warning capacity prior to an earthquake would enable the timely rolling out of emergency plans and actions and prevent the loss of human lives. Similarly, mainstreaming the actual value of nature into our economic transactions would fostered a wiser use and management of our natural capital and sustained biodiversity and ecosystems’ productive capacity for our benefit but also for the benefit of the future generations. Actions under this section will help create economic, social and environmental resilience in our societies.

It should be noted that topic LC-CLA-06-2019  »Inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services‘ in the call ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement’ also contributes to this priority.

 

  • Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Heritage alive (topics: SC5-19-2018 and SC5-20-2019)

Cultural heritage is a non-renewable, irreplaceable resource and a common good, but is frequently under threat from environmental challenges and climate change, disaster risks, neglect, decay and under-funding. It can play a crucial and catalytic role in well-being, cultural diversity, sustainable development and social cohesion and as such it needs to be protected and preserved through leveraging its innovation potential.

It should be noted that topic ‘LC-CLA-04-2018: Resilience and sustainable reconstruction of historic areas to cope with climate change and hazard events‘ in the call ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement‘ also contributes to this priority.

 

Link for the CALL 2 https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-sc5-2018-2019-2020.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-SC5-2018-2019-2020/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc