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What are RECREATE’s activities?

RECREATE develops several interdependent activities that will individually and jointly contribute to its objectives: Stakeholder Network, Scoreboard, Evidence-based Narratives, Trend Analysis and Scenario Building. 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 Evidence-based Narratives will build on a number of practical case studies to outline and analyse the potential of innovations in the fields relevant to RECREATE, highlighting the opportunities, risks and difficulties related to these innovations. The results will be used for the design of future EU research and innovation programmes.

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 Scenario Building task 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.