The Horizon 2020 work programmes (WPs) for years 2018 – 2020 were designed around four main Focus Areas with a combined budget of € 7 billion: (i) Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future, (ii) Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy, (iii) Digitising and transforming European industry and services, and (iv) Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union.
Work related to the circular economy and the focus area on ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy‘ (budget of €941 million) will also align R&I towards these targets. This focus area, building on the Commission’s ambitious Circular Economy package, will consolidate relevant R&I initiatives and it will make a strong contribution to jobs and growth and industrial competitiveness.
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 targeted to Circular Economy are resumed in the table here. For details please consult relevant WPs.