The objective of the Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Societal Challenge (SC5) is to achieve a resource- and water-efficient and climate change-resilient economy and society, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems.
Activities in SC5 will help increase European competitiveness, raw materials security and improve wellbeing. At the same time they will assure environmental integrity, resilience and sustainability with the aim of keeping average global warming below 2°C and enabling ecosystems and society to adapt to climate change and other environmental changes.
SC5 will focus on investing in innovation for a green economy. Actions will address gaps in the knowledge base needed to understand changes in the environment, identify the policies, methods and tools that would most effectively tackle the above mentioned challenges, and support innovators and businesses to bring green solutions to the market. Waste and water have been selected as particular priorities, on the grounds of their substantial potential for business opportunities and job creation while tackling important resource efficiency challenges.