The European Green Deal Call Opening Up soon


Martel is supporting Calls under the European Green Deal, launched by the EC in December 2019 [1]. It comprises a set of initiatives and an action plan that aim to make Europe climate neutral by 2050 and ensure a 50-55% cut in emissions by 2030 (compared with 1990 levels), while minimising use of resources and improving people’s quality of life, leaving no one behind.

The European Green Deal aims to make the EU’s economy sustainable by defining a framework of regulation and legislation setting clear targets, and ensuring public funding, technical support and incentives to stimulate private investments across several sectors, including construction, biodiversity, energy, transport and food.

Horizon 2020 Green Deal Call

The first European Green Deal Call, drafted in May 2020, is expected to be published end of August/beginning of September, with a deadline for application by the end of January 2021. The Call includes eight Thematic Areas and three horizontal ones, which contain one or more Topics, with a total budget of €1 billion (from €10 to 100 million per Call topic).

Horizon 2020 - H2020 European Green Deal Call
Horizon 2020 European Green Deal Call

All calls are single-stage and the main ambition is to produce tangible results in a relatively short time frame, with a strong focus on impact, supporting primarily (but not exclusively) Innovation and Demonstration Actions. Research Actions and Coordination and Support Actions will also be included.

Digital for Planet

To achieve the European Green Deal’s ambitious vision and transition to a greener and more circular economy, it is necessary to synchronise with society’s digital transformation, developing greener digital technologies that can help achieve a better and more sustainable future for all citizens and for our planet [2]. This is at the core of the new Industrial Strategy for Europe, as announced in March 2020 [3].

Digital technologies can support environmental policies such as waste and recycling and are expected to contribute to decarbonisation across several sectors, including transport and mobility, decentralised energy systems, and smart climate-neutral solutions. For instance, by tracking when and where electricity is most needed, it is possible to increase energy efficiency, burning less oil or coal, and increase material efficiency. Also, with data gathered from devices connected through the Internet of Things, processes in construction and industry can be streamlined to use less resources.

At Martel, we are at work on this on several fronts in preparation for the H2020 European Green Deal Call.

Stay tuned, more will be announced soon on our channels!