Paris Agreement and the Green Deal: New European Grants and Opportunities for Co-innovation
The studies underlying the Paris Agreement and the Green Deal have outlined the impact of anthropogenic impacts on climate change and identified the need to pursue decarbonization pathways up to carbon neutrality. Climate change adaptation and mitigation decisions largely fail to address the behavioral and social factors needed to engage companies and investors, government, and community. Today's strategic planning and technology decisions affect emissions and sustainability for decades to come, hence we need to consider the production, consumption and lifestyle patterns to be compatible with the climate resilience.
European businesses are investing heavily in developing technologies to mitigate climate change and ensure Europe's carbon neutrality by 2050. In support of this priority, the European Commission is stimulating the development of research and innovation related to the Green Deal, in particular, through a new call for proposals under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. These grant programs also provide opportunities for researchers from Russia and other countries beyond the European Union. Among the key priorities for the development of research and innovation are the development of an integrated approach in industry, energy and construction along the entire life cycle chain, for example: energy and resource-efficient buildings and construction technologies, clean energy and energy storage systems, sustainable and smart mobility, food security, restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services, etc. The task of radical reduce of environmental pollution determines the need to improve the systems for observation and monitoring air quality, greenhouse gases and toxic substances, analysis of the impact of various emissions on human health.
The need to coordinate, mobilize and develop world-class research and technological resources raises a number of issues to be discussed.
Key topics for discussion:
● How do large international corporations use technology not only to develop their CSR programs and to contribute to the solution of the SDGs, but also to solve their economic problems?
● Can science force industry to accelerate the move toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
● ’Old songs about main things’: are energy efficient technologies enough to radically reduce GHG emissions?
● Russia's unique opportunities for reducing GHG emissions: forest restoration as damage compensation for air pollution
● The difference in government approaches in the EU and Russia and the unity of tasks in this area
● Carbon boarder tax – is it an efficient way of ’forcing innovation’ ?
Nestle Russia, Director of Corporate Affairs and Special Projects Nestle Russia and Eurasia
Tomsk Region Administration, Deputy Governor of Tomsk Region for Science Research and Education
The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Energy