Half of the funding in the next EU research programme should be dedicated to combatting climate change, says Jakop Dalunde, Swedish green MEP and shadow rapporteur

Half of projects funded in the EU’s €94.1 billion Horizon Europe research programme should in some way aim to combat climate change, says Jakop Dalunde, Swedish Green MEP, calling on the EU to do more to spur businesses and universities to meet the Paris climate accord goals.

“The climate target set down by the European Commission in Horizon Europe is 35 per cent – we want to see that go up to 50 per cent,” Dalunde, a shadow rapporteur on the programme for the European Parliament, told Science|Business.

The research funding could go to clean energy or energy efficiency, while universities and businesses pitching for EU grants should demonstrate how they take climate change into account in their normal operations.

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