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Horizon 2020, the EU's €70.2 billion framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, was approved by MEPs on Thursday (21/11). Parliament amended it to improve support for small firms, attract more people into science and more scientists to join the programme, and earmark funding for non-fossil energy research.
The Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption, in collaboration with Fudan University and other partners, will organize the conference "Global Transitions to Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems" in Shanghai, China, June 8-11 2014.
European businesses could save £330bn by 2020 if they worked together to create a more resource efficient economy, according to a new roadmap launched by the government-backed Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
WRAP has today stepped up its campaign to create a "circular economy" in which products are designed more efficiently and waste is turned into a valuable resource that can be re-used.
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s flagship R&D programme for 2014 - 2020, under which R&D projects will be supported with more than €70 billion.
Detailed draft work programmes, however not yet endorsed by the Commission, can be found here.
This year’s World Resources Forum (WRF) conference has recommended that countries should report annually on how their economies are developing with respect to resource efficiency. The conference was told there was an urgent need for robust knowledge and universal data transparency and that resource efficiency indicators needed to be defined more clearly to enable meaningful setting of targets and adequate monitoring of global use of resources.
From 1 January 2014, Erasmus+ will become the new EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ will have a new, streamlined structure that combines current funding programmes in the sector including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Comenius, Leonardo, Erasmus, Grundtvig and Transversal Programmes), Youth in Action, Jean Monnet, Tempus and Erasmus Mundus - see the picture below.
European Union Member States are showing mixed progress towards three climate and energy targets for 2020, even though the EU as a whole could reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 21% in 2020 with the set of national measures already adopted. These findings come from new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessments.
Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2°C and international negotiations are engaged to that end. Yet any resulting agreement will not emerge before 2015 and new legal obligations will not begin before 2020. Meanwhile, despite many countries taking new actions, the world is drifting further and further from the track it needs to follow.
Raw materials are the lifeblood of EU industry. At least 30 million jobs in the EU depend upon access to them. But we face increasing demand for unprocessed minerals and metals and, in parallel, strong challenges to the supply of certain raw materials, including price volatility and market distortions.
As scientists have increased their understanding of the climate system, they have been able to state with increasing certainty that the Earth’s climate has changed beyond historic variability, and that humans are the main cause. This is demonstrated in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).