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Horizon scan: Europe’s €10bn clean energy pledge

The European Union will stump up €10 billion for clean energy R&D over the next five years, a doubling of its previous allocation. Craig Nicholson reports on where to find this money and what it might mean for UK researchers.

On 3 June, the European Commission announced that it had joined Mission Innovation, a global initiative on clean energy that launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015.

Through this initiative, 20 of the world’s major economies have pledged to double their public investment in clean energy research over five years. The UK, Germany and France had already signed up to Mission Innovation, pledging to double their clean energy research funding to £400 million, €900m (£753m) and €880m respectively by 2020.

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