Horizon Europe will be based on two legal acts: one laying down its structure, rules for participation and dissemination, the other containing the Specific Programme that sets out thematic clusters and the broad lines of action for future research and innovation activities.
In the Pillar II, we can found six different Clusters to be targeted.
Green Sciences for Sustainable Development Foundation aims to give a good contributions in particular for Cluster 4, 5 and 6.
FOCUS ON CLUSTER 5: CLIMATE, ENERGY AND MOBILITY
Cluster 5 addresses the following EC priorities:
- technological, economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate neutrality, and ensuring a socially fair transition;
- better air quality, increased employment, social inclusion, sustainable resource management (including biodiversity), and reduced dependency on fossil fuels;
- development of a wide portfolio of cost-effective carbon-free alternatives for each GHG-emitting activity, based on often in combination with enhanced sector coupling, digitalisation and system integration.
Key R&I Orientations
- ADVANCE CLIMATE SCIENCE AND SOLUTIONS FOR A CLIMATE NEUTRAL SOCIETY
- The efficient transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy resilient to the impacts of climate change requires profound knowledge in various fields of research. Advancing climate science and creating a knowledge base to inform societal and social transition and to guide the development of policy measures, low-, zero-, and carbon negative technologies, as well as other solutions.
- CROSS-SECTORAL SOLUTIONS FOR DECARBONISATION
The energy sector and the two main sectors of energy use in cities and communities (housing and mobility) are closely interlinked and face many common challenges:
- Establish a competitive and sustainable European battery value chain;
- Strengthen the European value chain for near-zero carbon hydrogen and fuel cells;
- Develop sustainable infrastructure for smart and sustainable communities and cities;
- Empowering citizens to engage in the transformation to a decarbonised society;
- Foster emerging breakthrough technologies and climate solutions.
- DEVELOP COST-EFFICIENT, NET ZERO-GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS ENERGY SYSTEM CENTRED ON RENEWABLES
The transition of the energy system will rely on reducing the overall energy demand and decarbonising the energy supply side. In particular:
- Achieve global leadership in renewable energy;
- Develop flexible, zero greenhouse gas emission and citizen-centred energy systems and grids;
- Develop carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) solutions for the power sector and energy-intensive industries;
- Develop flexible and efficient energy storage solutions;
- Leverage more public and private investments in clean energy systems.
- DEVELOP DEMAND SIDE SOLUTIONS TO DECARBONISE THE ENERGY SYSTEM
Research and innovation actions aiming at fostering demand side solutions and improving energy efficiency are among the most cost effective ways to support decarbonisation. In particular:
- Achieve a highly energy-efficient and decarbonised EU building stock;
- Support industrial facilities in the energy transition.
- DEVELOP LOW-CARBON TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS ACROSS ALL MODES
Research and innovation activities are needed across all transport sectors, in order for the EU to reach its policy goals. In particular:
- Achieve zero-emission road transport;
- Enhance the competitiveness of rail as a low-carbon mode of transport;
- Make aviation cleaner and more competitive;
- Enable low-carbon, smart, clean and competitive waterborne transport;
- Reduce the impact of transport on the environment and human health.
- DEVELOP SEAMLESS, SMART, SAFE, ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE MOBILITY SYSTEMS
Europe needs to maintain the competitiveness of its transport industry. In particular:
- Make automated and connected road transport safe and competitive;
- Develop efficient and innovative transport infrastructure;
- Develop the future transport network and integrated traffic management;
- Enable multimodal freight logistics and passenger mobility services;
- Increase transport safety.