Booklets on Focus areas ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future’ and ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy’

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 focuses efforts on fewer topics with bigger budgets, directly supporting the Commission’s political priorities. Four Focus Areas represent 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.

The European Commission produced four dedicated booklets to bring together contributions from various programme parts to pursue a common objective and create sustained impact. They also include real examples demonstrating the added value of research and innovation.

The booklet related to focus area ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future’ is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/sites/horizon2020/files/lc_booklet.pdf while the one on focus area ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy’ can be found at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/sites/horizon2020/files/ce_booklet.pdf

New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy: What does it mean in practice?

The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020. Since 2009 onwards, some 6,500 local authorities have already committed to the 2020 CO2 reduction objective. As part of the “New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy”, signatory cities will pledge action to support implementation of the new 2030 EU targets, a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and the extension of the initiative to a more global scope.

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