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Eco-innovation Action Plan Launched

Eco-innovation Action Plan Launched | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The European Commission launched last week the Eco-innovation Action Plan. The Action Plan is part of the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative and builds on the 2004 Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP).

 

It is remarkable to see how "silently' this initiative was presented and how little media attention there has been. Does this mean these initiatives are just "hollow phrases" with no real impact?

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EU event: Post Carbon Transitions, Visions and Challenges

EU event: Post Carbon Transitions, Visions and Challenges | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

On 29 September, the European Commission is organizing a conference in Brussels on "Post Carbon Transitions, Visions and Challenges".

This conference is structured into two sessions: "Visions of post carbon world" and "Transition challenges". It takes stock of several EU research projects and covers socio-economic, scientific and technological aspects within a forward-looking perspective. It tackles the issues of energy, environment and land-use issues in a cross-sectorial and multidisciplinary way.

 

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EU unveils giant research funding programme | EurActiv

EU unveils giant research funding programme | EurActiv | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The European Commission presented today (30 November) its €80-billion research funding programme for the decade - Horizon 2020 - with the aim of boosting research, stimulating innovation and simplifying the way scientists and smaller businesses can get funding for EU-backed projects.

 

The EU's research funding has a new name. Will it also have a new finality and bring innovative solutions for the big sustainability challenges or will it remain the "client-binding" programme it has always been with lots of great research but no relevance for policymaking.

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