The race for finding H2020 project partners for new circular economy projects has begun

The EU’s H2020 work programmes for 2018-2020 will be launched in October. Companies and researchers are now competing to find the best partners for their projects.

Mounir El'Mourabit fra Vartdal plast viser selskapets absorbent som forlenger holdbarheten på fisk og kjøtt.

Mounir El'Mourabit fra Vartdal plast viser selskapets absorbent som forlenger holdbarheten på fisk og kjøtt.

Circular economy is a hot topic in the EU, and one of the cross-cutting areas in the coming work programmes of Horizon 2020. This was the background for the event ‘Unlimited opportunities in the circular economy’, organised by Innovation Norway, The Research Council of Norway and the EEA and Norway Grants in Oslo 19th September. 125 companies and researchers from all over Europe discussed projects and possibilities with potential partners.

“People’s perception of the circular economy as merely something related to waste has changed,” says Inger Solberg, head of sustainability at Innovation Norway, and continues, “Current business models cannot persist with a growing population and scarce resources. We need to reduce, reuse and recycle if we are to succeed in meeting our climate goals.”

The Executive Director of the Research Council of Norway's Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment, Fridtjof Fossum Unander, says, “We know that Norway has a lot to contribute in the field of circular economy, and we encourage Norwegian companies and researchers to take advantage of the possibilities in Horizon 2020.”

The European Commission presented the EU’s strategy for the Circular economy at the event. They will organise various info days and brokerage events in Brussels in the coming months:

For more information, please contact:

Tone Varslot Stave, Innovation Norway, Senior advisor EU Horizon 2020, Tone.Varslot.Stave@innovasjonnorge.no
Frauke Muth, Senior advisor, Innovation Norway, EEA and Norway grants, Business partnerships,
Frauke.Muth@innovasjonnorge.no
Janicke Anne Giæver, The Research Council of Norway, National contact point EU Horizon 2020,
jag@forskningsradet.no