December 11, 2017

Raw materials innovation partnership ready to act within changing technology and policy context

The 4th meeting of the High Level Steering Group (HLSG) of the European Innovation Partnership for Raw Materials (EIP-RM) took place in Brussels on 1st December. As an outcome of previous discussions with the Sherpas and EIP-RM stakeholders, the European Commission (EC) proposed a position paper on future orientations for the EIP-RM and the European […]

November 8, 2017

Raw materials stakeholders kick-off discussions on the future of the EU’s raw materials policy

The newly appointed members of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP RM) convened in Brussels on 29 September 2017 for kick-off discussions at the beginning of its renewed mandate on the future objectives of the EU’s raw materials policy and its own role in implementing them. As announced in July, the chairperson of the FTP Board, Lena […]

September 14, 2017

Apply by 31 January to become a member of the EIP on Raw Materials

The European Commission’s DG GROW is calling for the applications of new members to make up the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP-RM). The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017. A stronger representation of the forest-based sector in the new membership of the Operational Groups is expected and a subgroup dedicated to biotic […]

Research project to advance investigation on tree genes that account for growth- and yield-promoting abilities

SweTree Technologies enters partnership with UPSC and VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology to boost tree growth The use of molecular genetic tools to increase forest productivity and tree growth is a challenge that the European forest-based sector is eager to address. This important endeavour, to enhance biomass production in Europe, is at the core […]

September 13, 2017

Demand-driven needs to steer the raw materials sector into the future

Raw material value chains in Europe must be equipped for addressing consumer- and market-driven needs, as well as the grand societal challenges in order to remain competitive and sustainable by 2050. This conclusion was the main takeaway conveyed to VERAM partners by the European Commission at the VERAM Experts’ Workshop, held in Brussels on 13 […]

Unleashing the full power of research and innovation

FTP seeks to align public funding for research and innovation with proper technological developments to reduce GHG emissions and improve forest management and land use With its unique innovation portfolio and many technological solutions, the forest-based sector can foster the transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system and contribute to reducing the emission […]

The forest sector has a vast potential to provide climate benefits

The positive impact and potential of sustainable forestry in climate and energy policies should be better recognized, claimed forestry experts at a press breakfast organized at the European Forestry House (EFH) on 12 July 2017, the day after the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee (ENVI) voted on the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from the […]

January 5, 2019

Societal Challenge 5

Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials The specific objective of the Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) is to develop a resource-efficient economy that is resilient to climate change, together with a sustainable supply of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of […]

Innovation in SMEs

Horizon 2020 has set up a dedicated instrument for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Innovation in SMEs. It provides direct financial support as well as an indirect contribution through a series of actions intended to increase the innovation capacity of these types of companies. The instrument is aimed at “creating a favourable ecosystem for SME […]

August 1, 2017

Space technologies

The forest-based sector already depends on ‘space technology’ in the form of global positioning systems, remote sensing technologies and geo-information technologies. In particular, optimising large-scale forest management, inventory, harvesting and transport operations relies increasingly upon these technologies. Space technology is also important for tracking the trade in legal and illegal wood, monitoring changes in forest […]