On Wednesday 27 October, the European Commission organised a kick-off event to celebrate the 73 projects selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 European Green Deal call. This €1 billion call, the last one under Horizon 2020, will fund research and innovation projects that will contribute to the EU’s response to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity.
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel said:
I am grateful to the research community for their enthusiastic response to the Horizon 2020 European Green Deal call. I am excited to see how they are embarking on the road to invent concrete solutions for a transition to a climate-neutral society and a sustainable recovery. I am looking forward to see what concrete benefits the projects selected for funding will bring into the everyday life of Europeans.
During the event, five projects in the areas of food in schools, energy, mobility and environment had the chance to highlight their objectives and expected outcomes, and explain how these will affect the everyday life of Europeans. These projects cover areas such as wildfires, freshwater, green hydrogen, green airports and food for schools.
After the project presentations, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth shed light on the political priorities of this call and explained how it will accelerate the achievement of the European Green Deal objectives.
After the presentations there was a Q&A session with the media.
This event was online and open to the public.
Watch the wrap up video and summary videos of the five selected projects from the event page.
The European Green Deal is the Commission's blueprint and roadmap to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, with a sustainable economy that leaves no one behind. The Commission launched in 2020 the €1 billion Horizon 2020 call with a view to mobilise the European research and innovation community and contribute to this central priority of the Commission. The call addressed directly the main priorities of the Green Deal and set a pathway for additional, related research and innovation initiatives in the context of Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme 2021-2027.
European Green Deal Research and Innovation Call (factsheet October 2021)
Horizon 2020 European Green Deal call (factsheet September 2020)
- Publication date
- 5 November 2021
- Directorate-General for Research and Innovation