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Summary of 2018-20 Work Programme scoping paper: Societal Challenge 5

Publication date: 
18 January 2017 (UK time)

​The European Commission has published the Scoping Paper for the Societal Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' 2018-2020 Work Programme.

The priorities for 2018-20 continue in line with the area's goal to realise a green economy and so contribute to achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A number of different policies influenced the development of the Scoping Paper, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Commission also used input from its Expert Advisory Group, a stakeholder consultation and from other relevant organisations to feed into the drafting of this document. Further information on the reports and organisations that are influencing the 2018-2020 Work Programme in this area can be found on the Commission's website.

In the Scoping Paper, the Commission identifies six strategic priorities for the Societal Challenge 5 2018-2020 Work Programme

  • Climate action in support of the Paris Agreement;
  • Circular economy;
  • Water for our environment, economy and society;
  • Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience;
  • Raw materials;
  • Protecting and valorising our natural and cultural assets;
    • Earth observation;
    • Nature based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting;
    • Heritage alive.

The paper also outlines potential names for the calls in this area and links to focus areas. The scoping papers are working documents not formally endorsed by the Commission; the adoption and publication of the 2018-2020 Work Programme is expected in October 2017.


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