Circular economy research and innovation
Connecting economic & environmental gains
The circular economy has high economic potential; it is a driver for a modernised economy with high environmental relevance while contributing to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The European Commission adopted an ambitious circular economy package covering the whole cycle: production, consumption, waste management and secondary raw materials. This policy needs to be underpinned by a strong research and innovation support to make sure we have the right solutions to transform its potential into reality and become global leaders in technological, regulatory, social and business-model... innovation. To achieve a circular economy, we need incremental and ground-breaking innovations. Nearly EUR 1 billion from Horizon 2020’s final work programme (2018–2020) will be invested into research, innovation and financing of projects and initiatives that will support our circular economy ambitions.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) Themes: Environment policy and protection of the environment
- Subject: consumption, development potential, environmental economics, EU industrial policy, EU programme, EU research policy, industrial production, innovation, raw material, sustainable development, waste management
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