Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.
It is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Activities in this Challenge 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.
One of the main focus areas of the “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials Challenge” in Horizon 2020 is waste. In this sense, the main concern is to support the transition towards a more circular economy, where the waste generated in one industry becomes a secondary raw material for another industry.
This transition will generate growth and jobs, while contributing to environmental protection and reducing Europe’s dependency on raw material imports.