Societal Challenge 5: (Climate Action)

The era of seemingly plentiful and cheap resources is coming to an end: raw materials, water, air, biodiversity and terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems are all under pressure.

The combined impacts of climate change and current production and consumption patterns are undermining our planetary habitat.

Based on current trends, the equivalent of more than two planet Earths will be needed by 2050 to support the growing global population.

There needs to be a decoupling of economic growth from resource use. Helping to build a green economy – a circular economy in sync with the natural environment – is part of the answer.

In order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems, the objectives of the Societal Challenge: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials are:

  • to achieve a resource – and water – efficient and climate change resilient economy and society; 
  • the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems; and
  • a sustainable supply and use of raw materials

The aims of the Horizon 2020 “Climate Action” are:

  • to support businesses in developing and bringing to the market eco-innovative solutions;
  • to encourage their take-up by public authorities in their procurement practices; and
  • to help moving towards a new era of climate information systems and services, which can provide accessible, high quality and ultimately useful data for the public sector, business and society.

Read more about Societal Challenge 5 on the Horizon 2020 website

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