DI Walter Mayer, Club of Ossiach

On May 19, 2020, the European Commission (EC) published an open consultation for the entire R&I community, the main features of a “Green Deal Call” under Horizon 2020 to help shape.

Europe’s transition to climate neutrality by 2050 is one of the main priorities of the EC and was approved by the European Council in December 2019. To support this priority, the EC strengthens Research and Innovation related to the “Green Deal” with a special Horizon 2020 tender.

The projects are expected to be relatively quick and tangible deliver visible results and show how research and innovation deliver concrete solutions to the main priorities of the Green Deal.

The EC is currently designing the texts for the 20 topics of the call, endowed with a budget of approx. 1 billion euros.

DI Mayer from Club of Ossiach is part of the EUXDAT consortium, well-known expert in the environmental agricultural forestry sector, was asked to contribute to the call.

The Green Deal Call consists of 11 areas

• Eight thematic areas covering the eight main areas of work reflecting the European green deal.

• Three horizontal areas (strengthening knowledge, strengthening citizens and international cooperation), which covers the eight subject areas extend and have a longer term perspective for achieving the European green deal set transformations.

EUXDAT consortium could provide a follow up proposal of such a project because the EUXDAT result, ready planned by end of November 2020, would fit into this Green Deal initiative. In particular call area 1 is recommended because key problem today is the missing of an integral approach.

The EU can become a leading role model for a society empowered by data to make better decisions – in business and the public sector. To fulfil this ambition, the EU can build on a strong legal framework – in terms of data protection, fundamental rights, safety and cybersecurity – and its internal market with competitive companies of all sizes and varied industrial base. Europe aims to capture the benefits of better use of data, including greater productivity and competitive markets, but also improvements in health and well-being, environment, transparent governance and convenient public services. The measures contribute to a comprehensive approach to the data economy that aim to increase the use of, and demand for, data and data-enabled products and services throughout the Single Market. This Communication outlines a strategy for policy measures and investments to enable the data economy for the coming five years.

This topic is not relevant only for the European Union region but also for a global scale because nature has no borders. One problem in a country can be a damage in the neighbour or cross global linked country, e.g. emissions and wind freight or plastic waste on the global seas…. leading to exponential growth.