Horizon 2020 – Work Programme 2018-2020: Topics for Circular Economy

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.

Circular Economy Topic 2019-2020

The Horizon 2020 work programmes (WPs) for years 2018 – 2020 were designed around four main Focus Ares namely the Focus Area ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy’.
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.

EIB encouragement for circular economy financing

The European Investment Bank’s (EIB) InnovFin Advisory service received requests from the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Directorate General and from the government of Luxembourg to study issues related to risk financing for circular economy projects. The result was a report, which made recommendations about the role of financing in the transition to a circular economy.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoap/about-eco-innovation/experts-interviews/eib-encouragement-circular-economy-financing-interview-shiva_en

Commission Work Program 2017 to Deliver on the Circular Economy

The Commission will take forward the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan by improving the economics, quality and uptake of plastic recycling and reuse in the EU and reducing plastic leakage into the environment. The Commission will also develop a monitoring framework to ensure that progress towards their circular economy ambitions is on track and delivering the mutually-reinforcing benefits both for the environment and economic growth. You can read more in the Commission Work Programme 2017 “Delivering a Europe that protects, empowers and defends” issued in October 2016.

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/pdf/cwp_2017_en.pdf

Circular economy – check why it is the hot topic for Horizon 2020

On the 2nd December 2015 the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Package to address the growing challenge of the excessive use of resources and, in a long term, to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy in Europe.

If you want to know why circular economy is the ‘hot topic’ for the European Commission and how you, within the framework of Horizon 2020 and SC5, can support the transition of Europe into the circular economy, this article is for you!

Circular Economy – the concept

The idea behind the Circular Economy lies in closing the loop in a life cycle of a product. Currently, our economy is based on the following linear sequence: extraction of resources ->production of goods ->use-of those goods -> disposal of waste generated in the production and consumption process (approach known as ‘from cradle to grave’). In this approach, there is a substantial gap where valuable resources and materials get wasted and a tremendous amount of waste is generated, directly leading to environmental damage and climate change.

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If we close the loop, we will arrive to the following circular sequence: production of goods -> use-of those goods -> waste management -> re-use of waste in another production circuit (approach known as ‘from cradle to cradle’). The focus of circular economy is, therefore, on the re-use of waste generated in the life cycle of a product, decrease in the extraction and use of raw materials and limitation of the amount of disposed waste.

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Public Consultation from European Commission on the Circular Economy – Deadline 20.8.2015

The European Commission is aiming to present a new, more ambitious circular economy strategy late in 2015, to transform Europe into a more competitive, resource-efficient economy, addressing a range of economic sectors, including waste.

The strategy will be fully aligned with the priorities of the new Commission. It will comprise a revised legislative proposal on waste and a Communication setting out an action plan on the circular economy for the rest of this Commission’s term of office. The action plan will cover the whole value chain, and focus on concrete measures with clear EU added value, aiming at ‘closing the loop’ of the circular economy.

The Commission is engaged in a thorough reflection on how the objective of circular economy can be reached in an efficient way that is fully compatible with the jobs and growth agenda. A Roadmap for this initiative is available.

How to submit your contribution

Received contributions will be published online. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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Are welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.