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What are RECREATE’s activities?

RECREATE develops several interdependent activities that will individually and jointly contribute to its objectives: a Stakeholder Network, Impact Assessments, Scoreboard, Forward-looking Activities and Trend Analysis. Eventually, all elements will feed into concrete Policy Guidance.

The Stakeholder Network unites the three respective research areas, including the research, industry and policy communities, with the aim of engaging them in the process, with frequent interaction, both online and in person. The selected stakeholders will provide input to the identification and formulation of future research and innovation areas, as well as to all the other activities of the project. Four large stakeholder workshops will be held to collect ideas, and interaction throughout the project will maintain the network’s activity.

The Impact Assessments will evaluate (ex-post and ex-ante) European research and innovation programmes that are relevant to the three areas. The methodology for these assessments is novel in the sense that they will link the assessment of environmental impact and of socio- economic impact of research and innovation activities. The results will be used for the design of future EU research and innovation programmes.

An extensive Indicator Inventory will support and link many of the RECREATE activities. The inventory will be drawn partly from existing sources like the Horizon 2020 Key Performance Indicators, supplemented by new additions developed within the project.

The Scoreboard will compare and benchmark the performance of Member States in terms of “Green Innovation” and assess the implementation of the European Research Area in the fields of Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. In doing so, it will also help to identify the main strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches pursued in the Member States and reflect on different opportunities as well as potential barriers and failures.

The Trend Analysis will examine technological and policy trends, with a special focus on drivers that have synergistic or conflicting effects across the three focus areas and weak signals and countertrends that could disrupt current and planned trajectories. Consequences of these trends for both EU and selected other countries and regions will be considered.

The Forward-looking Activities will identify desirable visions of the future and, with these in mind, possible transition pathways to get there. This will allow the definition of concrete policy targets. On this basis, concrete research needs and potentials in the three research areas will be identified. The horizon for these activities is mid- to long- term (especially to 2050).

All above-mentioned activities will eventually form the evidence base for Policy Guidance. It will synthesise their findings and process them into policy briefs with clear and concise policy recommendations. On this basis, the project will have an important impact on the design and the content of future European research and innovation funding.