Climate change is an existential threat the whole planet is currently facing and requires a large-scale, firm approach. With the right plan and resources, the challenges brought by this climate crisis can be turned into opportunities. That is what the European Green Deal is striving to achieve.
TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE
This new set of policy initiatives has been introduced by the European Commission in order to address European Union’s ambitious, yet attainable plan: making Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050, reducing the greenhouse gases emissions to 0. So, the European Commission created a blueprint for accelerating this transition: European Green Deal.
Thus, the Green Deal Call creates the most complex and financially extensive Horizon 2020 programme so far, with 1€ billion available for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s ecosystems and biodiversity. The Green Deal Call aims for clear, discernible results in the short to medium-term, but with a perspective of long-term change.
Areas of support
It will support projects in ten areas, eight of which are:
- Increasing climate ambition
- Clean, affordable and secure energy
- Industry for a clean and circular economy
- Energy and resource efficient buildings
- Sustainable and smart mobility
- Farm to fork
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments
The remaining two areas reflect the horizontal priorities of strengthening knowledge and empowering citizens. These two imprint a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.
Partnering up for the change
Similar to previous Horizon 2020 projects, participation in the European Green Deal Call requires an elaborate partnership to be formed. Here, three types of European Partnerships can be distinguished:
- Co-funded partnerships involving public authorities
- Co-programmed partnerships between the Commission and private and/or pubic partners
- Institutionalised partnerships
Funding and tenders associated with Green Deal currently open calls – as well as organisations seeking to join or build partnerships themselves – can be found on the European Commission’s website.
WE MUST ACT QUICKLY
The deadline for submitting project applications within the Green Deal Call is January 26, 2021. Selected projects are expected to start in autumn 2021.
WHERE WE CAN HELP
With its experience in diverse European programmes and network of contacts, European Development Agency can assist your entity in building the partnerships required for Green Deal Call enrolment. By deploying its know-how, mobilising its reliable partners, and constantly supporting the partnership-formation process, European Development Agency desires to be a game changer in collectively tackling climate change.