The European Impetus project uses innovative approaches to prevent climate change.

The Eurecat Technology Center of Catalonia is leading the European Impetus project, which intends to speed up Europe’s reaction to climate change and identify tangible steps through innovative approaches to achieve decarbonization by 2050. It will look into the construction of a data environment where people may share information and experiences in order to develop climate adaptation and mitigation methods, among other things.

Climate change is regarded as a severe problem by 93 percent of Europeans. In this context, Aitor Corchero, technical coordinator of the Impetus project and researcher at Eurecat’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Unit, argues, “we need to better understand when and how to intervene in a transition to a green economy.”

It is critical to build long-term policies in order to contribute to climate adaption and work towards becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In this way, Impetus will enable the creation of virtual data spaces in various European areas, allowing all stakeholders to participate, with digitalization and artificial intelligence serving as enablers for sharing knowledge, information, and experiences.

Climate change solutions that are innovative

The Impetus initiative, which has a budget of €14.8 million and is funded by the Horizon 2020 program under the European Green Deal call, will look into synergies between climate change adaptation and mitigation, growth and socio-economic stability, and community transitions to sustainability and ecological resilience.

The project collaboration, which includes 32 partners from nine European countries, will look into new natural-based technical, governance, funding, and public engagement options. It emphasizes the development of climate adaptation and mitigation measures by establishing a data space as an interconnected network.

It will also use scalable solutions to offer cost-effective, environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable initiatives focused at maintaining essential community systems including water, infrastructure, and health. To assure their execution, they will be designed and created in collaboration with governments, entrepreneurs, and communities.

Each of Europe’s seven bioclimatic areas – Arctic, Atlantic, Boreal, Coastal, Continental, Mediterranean, and Mountain – will host a regional pilot to test and scale up creative solutions. The difficulties of these regions will be addressed by multidisciplinary teams from research, environmental policy, industry, and civil society. After four years of development, the project will be completed in September 2025.

 

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