January 5, 2019

Advanced materials technologies

The development of advanced materials and composites allowing new functionalities and improved performance is indispensable for the competitiveness of forest-based industries. The rich and complex chemical and physical composition of wood, bark (including cork) and other parts of a tree, contain the potential for a wide range of innovative properties to be developed and incorporated […]

Societal Challenge 3

Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy The specific objective of the Work Programme Societal Challenge 3, as described in Horizon 2020, is to make the transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system, in the context of increasingly-scarce resources, growing energy needs and climate change. Updated on a biannual basis, the Work Programme Societal Challenge […]

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

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Information and communications technology (ICT), is often used as an extended synonym for information technology (IT), but is a more specific term that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications, computers and the necessary software and audiovisual systems that enable users to access, store, transmit, and process information. ICT underpins innovation […]

Advanced manufacturing and processing technologies

Improving resource efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions is vital to increase the competitiveness of the forest-based industries and expand the markets for their products.  Manufacturing and processing technologies that significantly reduce energy input and optimise energy management are integral to resource efficiency in the value chain, alongside recovery systems for resource-efficient harvesting, treatment and drying […]

July 28, 2017

Creating industrial leadership

Strategic Theme 3 Vision Target 4 Activities to foster resource efficiency have resulted in a significant reduction in specific energy consumption, specific raw material input and specific water use in the forest-based industries. Vision Target 5 The forest-based sector is taking advantage of its long experience in biorefining to help the process achieve its full […]

March 7, 2017

3.5 New business models and service concepts

Rationale Innovative business models help to create new jobs and are a basis for a competitive and green European industry. The forest-based sector offers a broad range of businesses from the area of ecosystem services towards traditional consumer goods and bioenergy generation. Businesses aimed at broadening feedstock resources and the development of new CO2-neutral products […]