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Industry 5.0

What this approach is focused on, how it will be achieved and how it is already being implemented. 

What is Industry 5.0?

European industry is a key driver in the economic and societal transitions that we are currently undergoing.

In order to remain the engine of prosperity, industry must lead the digital and green transitions.

This approach provides a vison of industry that aims beyond efficiency and productivity as the sole goals, and reinforces the role and the contribution of industry to society.

It places the wellbeing of the worker at the centre of the production process and uses new technologies to provide prosperity beyond jobs and growth while respecting the production limits of the planet.

It complements the existing "Industry 4.0" approach by specifically putting research and innovation at the service of the transition to a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry.

Why Industry 5.0?

Industries can play an active role in providing solutions to challenges for society including the preservation of resources, climate change and social stability. 

The Industry of the Future approach brings benefits for industry, for workers and for society.

It empowers workers, as well as addresses the evolving skills and training needs of employees. It increases the competitiveness of industry and helps attract the best talents.

It is good for our planet as it favours circular production models and support technologies that make the use of natural resources more efficient.

Revising existing value chains and energy consumption practices can also make industries more resilient against external shocks, such as Covid-19 crisis.

How to make it happen?

This approach to industry contributes to 3 of the Commission’s priorities: "An economy that works for people", "European Green Deal" and "Europe fit for the digital age".

Elements related to the future of industry are already part of major Commission policy initiatives

These are just some examples that demonstrate the strong links between the industrial transition and other societal developments.

Experts from research and technology organisations as well as funding agencies discussed the Industry 5.0 concept during 2 virtual workshops on 2 and 9 July 2020.

ESIR a high-level expert group advising the Commission on how to develop a forward-looking and transformative research and innovation policy, are currently developing a new policy brief on industry. It will provide concrete policy recommendations and actions for attaining Industry of the Future goals and will provide an important basis for advancing European and national-level policy initiatives and making sure the development is in line with the Commission's political priorities.

Industry of the Future Award

The Award recognises EU-funded projects that make an outstanding contribution to building a more human-centric, sustainable and resilient European industry. This could be by means of developing innovative technologies, industrial or supply chain processes, new business models, or by advancing the understanding of human-centricity, sustainability and resilience in industry.

For this first edition, finalists were invited to the Award ceremony on 28 September 2022 during the Research and Innovation Days 2022. During the ceremony, the trophy was presented to the winner Ramp-PV. This was a unique opportunity to showcase the qualities of the 3 finalists. Ramp-PV, the winning project, will receive communication support from the European Commission, which includes the preparation of promotional videos, social media publicity and an article in the Horizon Magazine.

More information

Roundtable on Industry 5.0

The roundtable on Industry 5.0 which was held on the 27 April 2022 brought together industrial leaders from major European companies and SMEs, as well as representatives from trade unions and other stakeholders. Participants discussed how to advance Industry 5.0 implementation, and what would be framework conditions favourable to its take-up. They covered finance, governance, metrics, and inclusivity.

Report of the roundtable



12 NOVEMBER 2020
Industry 5.0 (Infographic)
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