The European Commission has officially launched the start of the 73 projects selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 European Green Deal Call worth €1 billion. This was the last call under Horizon 2020 and the funded projects will be a milestone on the road to achieving the European Green Deal objectives, contributing to the EU’s response to the twin climate and biodiversity crises while accelerating a fair and sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Five of the 73 projects feature one of our member universities from south Sweden:
- Blekinge Institute of Technology is one of 30 partners in the project SESA (Smart Energy Solutions for Africa), from the call Accelerating the green transition and energy access partnership with Africa.
- Lund University is one of 31 partners in the project PAUL (Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gases), from the call European Research Infrastructures’ capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges.
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is one of 15 partners in the project StemBioAfrica (Innovative Large-Scale Production of Affordable Clean Burning Solid Biofuel and Water in Southern Africa: transforming bush encroachment from a problem into a secure and sustainable energy source), from the call Accelerating the green transition and energy access partnership with Africa.
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is one of 44 partners in the project MERLIN (Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater-related ecosystems in a Landscape context: INnovation, upscaling and transformation), from the call Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services.
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is one of 36 partners in the project SUPERB (Systemic solutions for upscaling of urgent ecosystem restoration for forest related biodiversity and ecosystem services), from the call Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Moreover, from a south Swedish perspective, we also note that the city of Malmö is a partner in the project SchoolFood4Change, and the Helsingborg-based company GAIA BioMaterials participates as a partner in the project SISTERS on food waste reduction.