HUB 2: The European Green Deal

How could research and innovation drive fair and just transition in Europe?

Climate change, biodiversity loss, and damage to our soils, oceans and waterways pose a threat to our very existence. Sessions looked at how research and innovation can drive the urgent change we and our planet need.

The Green Deal is a once in a lifetime chance to transform Europe into a green and sustainable economy. It’s also a commitment to make these transitions fair and to leave no-one behind. Research and innovation will help accelerate this huge shift to a circular economy.

Sessions in this hub provided an opportunity to imagine a better future together and covered areas where we could deliver long-term and far-reaching changes in energy, green mobility, food standards, air and water quality, and human health such as

  • sustainable agriculture
  • carbon-neutral buildings
  • clean energy transition
  • energy efficient transport
  • smart cities
  • climate-resilient communities

Day 2 featured an info day on the upcoming Horizon 2020 Green Deal call for proposals, followed by breakout sessions per area.

Day 3 included a brokerage event and matchmaking session where partnerships can be made.

The role of research and innovation in the European Green Deal
Making nature healthy again is key to our physical and mental wellbeing and is an ally in the fight against climate change and disease outbreaks.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission