ProductionCircular economy and digitalised, climate-neutral production
The green and digital transformations, in line with the European Green Deal, are key to sustainable growth and prosperity in Europe. New technologies are needed to master both transitions. Research and innovation are fundamental to this, as they generate new products, services and business models for a sustainable and inclusive economic model.
Climate-neutral industrial and circular value chains and networks and clean, low-waste production based on innovative product-service systems, digital systems and infrastructures are key drivers for low-carbon and clean industries. Digitalisation is further driven by new business models, sustainably designed and functional materials and technologies, such as machine learning, digital twins, human-robot interaction and technical innovations in design, engineering and logistics, as well as bio-inspired manufacturing methods to optimise productivity. Resource efficiency and automation of recycling methods are particularly relevant at European level.
In addition to R&D investments, other activities are necessary to achieve a large and broad effect. Three so-called "partnerships" in Horizon Europe aim to improve dissemination, build communities and promote spill over effects: Made in Europe for the manufacturing sectors, and Clean Steel and Processes4Planet for the energy-intensive industries.
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