NCPs CaRE at Green Days – Pollutec 2018

NCPs CaRE invites you to participate to the Green Days, the official brokerage event of Pollutec 2018 on 27-30th November 2018 in Lyon, France.

Every year, NCPs CaRE supports a brokerage event organized by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) as part of its collaboration with the EEN Sector Group Environment. This year NCPs CaRE will support the Green Days organized in the framework of Pollutec Fair, the largest international exhibition of environmental and energy equipment, technologies and services. In 2016, Pollutec Fair Lyon received 2,200 exhibitors and 60,800 visitors coming from over 128 countries.

This year, Pollutec is taking place from 27th to 30th November. The Green Days consist of a conference (in French) and a brokerage event (in English).

A Conference on Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in the fields of Climate Action and Energy will take place on 27th November. The working language will be French only. NCPs CaRE, the European network of NCPs for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (“Climate Change, Environment, Raw materials and Resource Efficiency”) will be present!

On 28th-29th November,  SMEs, Groups, Research Centres, Agents, Distributors, Funding Companies, Exhibitors & Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in pre-validated B2B meetings & expert meetings to explore new partnerships. Participants will be also able to meet a representative of NCPs CaRE to discuss about their project idea for Horizon 2020 SC5 topics and receive support.

This event thus provide an excellent opportunity for interested applicants under Societal Challenge 5 to finalise consortium for the 2019 calls and prepare for the 2020 topics!

To prepare yourself for the event, have a look at our useful guide on “good practices Participating to (EEN) brokerage events”

Registration is open until 4th November 2018 !

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Report on the water sector in China: market opportunities and challenges for European companies

The H2020 project PIANO together with the China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) has recently published a new report providing an overview of the existing market situation of China’s water sector. The report investigates the main issues of water management in China and defines the overall policy framework of “Ecological Civilisation” which is driving a transformation of the Chinese economy to be more environmentally aware and sustainable.

However, China is a large, complex and confusing market to enter and there are many barriers in the way of starting and successfully sustaining a business there. Products need to adapt to the local requirements and companies will need to develop their relationships with partners and clients as well as complying with the local business processes.

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Participate to the EU-INDIA event on Horizon2020 Arctic call


The EU-India information and preparatory event on the Horizon 2020 Arctic Call “The changing cryosphere: Uncertainties, risks and opportunities” will take place on 19th and 20th November 2018 in Goa (India).

The event, organized by the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), the Delegation of the European Union to India, the Royal Norwegian Embassy to India and the Research Council of Norway, aims to promote the call on the Arctic under H2020 programme co-funded by the MoES.

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RURITAGE invites rural communities to join the project as Role Models

The European project  RURITAGE has recently launched a call of interest for local actors in rural areas for joining the project as additional Role Models. Candidate Role Models can apply by submitting good practices they have been implementing in their territories. The good practice should demonstrate how the local community relied on its cultural and natural heritage for regenerating its area.

RURITAGE is a European project that aims at demonstrating how cultural and natural heritage can emerge as a driver of sustainable development and competitiveness of rural areas. Additional Role Models selected following the call will have an excellent opportunity to enhance their good practices through the exchange of experiences with other Role Models and RURITAGE experts. Their good practices will be showcased to a broad range of audiences with an interest in rural regeneration. The wide promotion of the RURITAGE Role Models will increase the visibility of their rural area worldwide.

For more information about the RURITAGE project and how to become a Role Model, click here.

Deadline: 31st October 2018

Public consultation on chemical, product and waste legislation – open until 29th October

The European Commission public consultation addressing the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation is open until 29th of October 2018. This public consultation follows the Commission’s analysis of the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation, published January 2018. The objectives of the public consultation is to address stakeholder reaction to these options and questions posed with regard to four issues:

  • insufficient information about substances of concern in products and waste;
  • the presence of substances of concern in recycled materials;
  • uncertainties about how materials can cease to be waste; and
  • difficulties in applying EU waste classification methodologies and impacts on the recyclability of materials.

The public consultation welcomes contribution from any interested party, including private citizens, companies, organisations, public authorities etc. The questionnaire is available here.

2018 Information Days – calls 2019 – Presentations avaiable

In order to promote the exchange of information and to facilitate networking among potential applicants to 2019 calls for projects in Horizon 2020 Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”, the European Commission organized an event entitled “2018 Information days- call 2019” which took place on September 11th and 12th in Brussels. This website contains all presentations shown during the event, including the plenary session, the materials on the specific priorities of SC5 Work Programme and the relevant 2019 calls as well as materials on how to prepare a good proposal and how Horizon 2020 proposals are evaluated.

The website provides also the possibility to watch video recordings of the different sessions of both days.

Third countries participation in Horizon 2020 SC5

Since the start of Horizon 2020, Third Countries participation in H2020 projects has represented 3,89% of all H2020 projects with a total net UE contribution of 194,2 million spread over 3573 total participations and 110 countries participating (Fig.1). The most active Third Country is the United States whose participation (1063) is more than three times bigger than China (323), the second most active Third Country, followed by Canada (204), Australia (187) and South Africa (157).

Figure 1 presents an outline of Third Countries participations: first in all Horizon 2020 projects and then with a specific focus on projects falling into Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials).
Figure 1 presents an outline of Third Countries participations: first in all Horizon 2020 projects and then with a specific focus on projects falling into Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials).

Data includes number of participations and contribution (both for H2020 and SC5 projects) and number of SME participations and contribution (only for SC5 projects).

Available data sources (H2020 dashboard on participant portal at 11/09/2018) register 239 participations of Third Countries in the Work Programme under Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials) with a total contribution of 25,51 million corresponding to the 0.08% of total H2020 contribution (Fig.1). Among 49 Third Countries participating in SC5 projects, the most active one is South Africa, followed by Kenya and China (Fig.2). Furthermore, the most active organizations are the United Nations University in Tokyo, with 6 participations and about 1.9 million euro contribution, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria, with 6 participations and 800 thousands euro contribution.


 Figure 2 presents a map of Third Countries participation in SC5 projects. Legend is shown on down left. Lower participations are shown in light green, while higher participation are shown in dark green.

In total, there are 26 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participations of Third Countries in SC5 projects for a total contribution of 3,45 million euro (Fig.1). The countries with the most active SMEs are South Africa and Kenya with 4 participations each, followed by Namibia (3) and 4 other countries (Ethiopia, Ecuador, Mozambique and United States) with 2 SME participations (Fig.3).

Figure 3 presents the number of participations of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) per Third Country in SC5 projects. Only 14 Third Countries display SME participation in SC5 projects and the most active countries are South Africa and Kenya.

More than half of Third Countries participating in SC5 projects has received a total contribution below 250 thousands euro while only 8% of them has gathered funds above 1,5 million euro (Fig.4). The top funded country is South Africa with a total contribute of about 5,7 million, followed by Kenya and United Republic of Tanzania.


Figure 4 represents the % of Third Countries receiving contribution sized in 5 ranges listed in the legend on the right.

About one third of the Third Countries organizations participating in SC5 projects is represented by Higher or secondary establishments (HES), followed by research organizations (REC) and public body not including research and education institutions (PUB). Lower participation comes from private for profit companies (PRC) and others institutions (OTH) (Fig. 5).

Figure 5 presents the Third Countries participations in SC5 projects of different type of organizations. HES: Higher or secondary establishment; REC: Research organizations (excluding education); PUB: Public body (excluding research and education); PRC: Private for Profit companies; OTH: Others.


The European Plastic Strategy and Horizon 2020 opportunities

Concerned about the importance of plastics as a material in our economy and by its negative impact on the environment, the European Commission adopted in January 2018 its European strategy for plastics in a circular economy. This strategy, as part of the broader 2015 EU action plan for the circular economy and of the 2008 Waste Framework Directive, will also contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the EU’s industrial policy objectives.


The objective identified by the Strategy s is to tackles two main challenges: developing a circular economy of plastic throughout the value chain and their entire life cycle and enhancing environment protection. The Commission aims at ensuring that, by 2030, all plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable in a cost effective manner.

What next?

In order to implement the strategy, the Commission is planning actions that will result in future EU measures.

The strategy is organised around 4 pillars that aim at improving the economics and quality of plastics recycling, curbing plastic waste and littering, driving investment and innovation towards circular solutions, encouraging global actions.

The Commission has already started taking a number of actions.

In order to improve the economics and quality of plastics recycling, new quality standards for plastic waste and recycled plastics have been introduced. The Commission has also planned to revise the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and to issue new guidelines on separate collection and sorting of waste.

In its efforts to curb plastic waste and littering, the Commission proposed in January 2018 a revised directive on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships. In May 2018, the Commission proposed a new directive to tackle marine litter, which targets the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. These proposed directives build on existing rules such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and complements other actions taken against marine pollution, such as under the Port Reception Facilities Directive.

The Commission is also seeking to impose restrictions on microplastics and oxo-degradable plastics via the REACH regulation.
On July 10th 2018, the European Parliament’s environment committee, under the guidance of MEP Demesmaeker Mark, included in its draft report a motion for a European parliament resolution to ban microplastics and oxo-degradable plastics. The European Parliament will debate on the strategy on the 12th of September and vote the 13th of September.

Finally, for driving investment and innovation towards circular solutions, the Commission plans to develop a Strategic Research Innovation Agenda on plastics to provide orientation for research and innovation funding beyond 2020. The Commission is also directing financial support for infrastructure and innovation EU funding instruments. 

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Participate in the European Sustainability award!

You have worked on a project or on an initiative addressing the sustainable development goals? Then the European Sustainability award by the European Commission is made for you!

What is it?

The European Commission launched for the first time its European Sustainability award. It is a prestigious recognition that aims at raising awareness of the SDGs in the EU by giving a human face to the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organizations, which are turning the global sustainable development goals into concrete solutions and opportunities.

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