European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

The focus of this Societal Challenge lies on the support of a more resource efficient European economy and society. The growing world population requires

  • a more sustainable use of natural resources, raw materials and eco-systems and
  • the development of adaptation strategies for climate change

A long term goal of the European approach is the decoupling of economic growth from the use of resources.

A budget of EUR 2,96 billion is reserved for this Societal Challenge for the whole duration of Horizon 2020.

The "Specific Programme" of Societal Challenge 5 defines the following research priorities by 2020:

  • Fighting and adapting to climate change
  • Protecting the environment, sustainably managing natural resources, water, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials
  • Eco-innovation for a transition towards a green economy
  • Developing global environmental observation & information systems
  • Cultural heritage
  • Specific implementation aspects

Concrete topics are defined in bi-annual work programmes according to the research priorities of the Specific Programme.