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Why smart and sustainable cities are essential for a climate- and energy-resilient future and how the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme is helping to achieve this

02-22-2019 12:49 PM CET | Energy & Environment

Press release from: Horizon 2020 Open to the World

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The transition to an energy secure and climate neutral future is a priority for the European Commission, as wiser energy use and measures to fight climate change are not only helping to protect the planet, but also creating new jobs and opportunities for growth. Global cooperation will be at the heart of any successful transition. The EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, with its focus on international research cooperation, promotes a collaborative and international response to the global challenges of climate change and energy security.

According to the most recent IPCC special report (https://www.ipcc.ch/wp-signup.php?new=www.ipcc.ch), a united global response to these challenges is vital, as the impact of the predicted 1.5°C temperature rise above pre-industrial levels could be disastrous. Improving the sustainability of cities is at the top of the list of priorities for concerted action. Whilst urban environments account for only 3% of the earth’s surface, they will be home to over 60% of the world’s population by the middle of this century. Populations require a joined-up approach to food, water and energy value chains, making co-development of sustainable solutions essential to relieve pressure on resources.

A Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) for the smart cities of tomorrow

The ERA-NET – a Horizon 2020 instrument designed to support the setting up of research actions of a transnational nature – ‘Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI Food Energy Water Nexus)’ (http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?artid=46536) is bringing together the fragmented research and innovation expertise across Europe and the world. Its aim is to find innovative new solutions to food shortages, water scarcity and insufficient energy resources in urban areas. The SUGI project foresees the participation of 25 funding agencies in more than 22 countries worldwide. Together, they are backing collaborative research projects involving 134 researchers and project partners from business, public authorities and civil society in 21 countries. By widening the network of urban researchers and practitioners, and creating and testing new concepts and solutions against different urban settings, SUGI is contributing to successful urban transitions. It is ultimately improving the quality of life in cities all over the world.

Read more about SUGI and the supported projects here: https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/app/uploads/2018/06/SUGI-Catalogue-2018-web-version-20150607-002.pdf

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Horizon 2020: Open to the World

Horizon 2020 is the largest multinational programme dedicated to research and innovation and it is ‘Open to the World.’ This means that researchers, universities, research organisations or companies from across the globe can apply to participate in the activities of the Work Programme carried out mainly through calls for proposals. The Work Programme for 2018-2020 represents a major investment of $46 billion, with more than 600 calls for proposals, including a list of 30 international flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit.

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