Open Letter – In support of at least 35% earmarking for climate-related work in FP9

AEBIOM together with 20 other organisations signed a letter asking the European Commission to earmark 35% of the budget of FP9 to climate-related work. Such an earmark exists in Horizon 2020 but the EC says “the targets for expenditure on sustainable development and climate action have not yet been met” (Key Findings, Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020). “It is expected that they will be achieved by the end of the Programme through decisive action in the remaining Work Programme 2018-2020,” the Commission adds.
Referring to the “impetus” created by the December 2015 Paris Agreement, the letter says, “climate action must be hardwired into the design of FP9. 35% should very much be considered a minimum.”
The letter also makes a point about Mission Innovation, the pact between 23 countries to double public clean energy R&D spending 2015-2020: “35% earmarking has helped the European Commission comply with the entry requirement for Mission Innovation. […] An earmarking in FP9 will make it easier for the European Commission to comply with a future MI target or similar initiatives”.