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Read about the successes from the Horizon 2020 Green Deal Call-funded projects to learn about their innovative outputs, the impact of their work and the lessons shared from their experiences.

Charting the course to a toxic-free future

ZeroPM is taking the lead against environmental pollution by persistent and mobile substances. 

Through innovation and collaboration, it paves the way for a toxic-free future, in line with the European Green Deal. Its holistic approach shines as a beacon in the global battle against forever chemicals.

Raising awareness of air pollution amongst citizens

SOCIO-BEE tackles urban air pollution by engaging communities and citizen science. Across European cities, it uses technology and interactive experiences to raise environmental awareness and spur action. Its successful pilots pave the way for broad community engagement, fostering healthier cities and sustainability.

Tackling food loss and waste with technology and strategy

SISTERS pioneers food waste reduction in the European food value chain via innovations in production, packaging, & transportation. With its Bulkbox smart container technology, it improves logistics efficiency & sustainability, ensuring optimal produce conditions for consumers. This comprehensive approach shapes a future of sustainable, resilient, waste-free food systems.

Chef training course improves sustainability of school food systems

The SchoolFood4Change initiative transforms European school food systems by promoting healthy, sustainable diets. It includes whole-school food integration and chef training to help food personnel prepare nutritious, locally sourced meals. 

By fostering collaboration and establishing a network of change agents, the initiative encourages widespread adoption of sustainable practices, enhancing community health and environmental awareness.

Improving air quality monitoring in Europe

RI-URBANS is transforming air quality monitoring in Europe, advocating for cleaner urban air with innovative tools and strategies. It has significantly influenced the revision of the European Air Quality Directive, aligning it with WHO standards and introducing advanced monitoring for pollutants like ultrafine particles and black carbon.

With 20 pioneering tools and comprehensive reports, RI-URBANS enhances air quality assessments, improves management practices, and safeguards public health across Europe.

Revitalising coastal ecosystems

REST-COAST has successfully implemented the nature-based nourishment technique in the Ebro Delta, demonstrating the real potential of the methodology to restore similar coastal systems.

The project has demonstrated the transferability of this nature-based solution by extending sand dune nourishment to other Mediterranean beaches.

Empowering European cities to tackle climate challenges

REACHOUT partners with European cities to create custom climate tools, enhancing resilience and fostering innovation against climate challenges. The initiative has improved urban resilience through co-developed tools and innovative communication methods. 

The project's Triple-A Toolkit, online resources, and training modules support cities in effective climate adaptation, emphasising the importance of partnerships and communication.

Climate monitoring with citizen science

I-CHANGE actively involves citizens in environmental science, demystifying the field and making it accessible to the wider community. This strategy boosts environmental awareness and fosters sustainable lifestyles and consumption habits.

The recent Genoa Living Lab demonstrates how citizen science can engage the public in environmental monitoring, cultivating a community focused on sustainability.

Transforming the food sector: mitigating emissions through innovation

The ENOUGH project is at the forefront of tackling emissions in the food sector, contributing to the EU's climate-neutral food business goals. 

It encompasses initiatives like the Retail Roadmap, which guides food retailers towards decarbonisation, dairy demonstrators in Austria and Norway that promote sustainable dairy processing, and a transport demonstrator in Italy focused on eco-friendly refrigeration in food transport.

Co-designing sustainability solutions in the education sector

ECF4CLIM has significantly advanced sustainability education, enriching the curriculum across multiple European educational institutions. 

By embedding a participatory approach and co-designing interventions with the educational community, the project has facilitated a deeper understanding of sustainability challenges, while also empowering students and educators to take actionable steps towards sustainability. 

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