Challenges addressed by the project 

As the world is facing severe environmental problems impacting all sections of everyday life, leading to biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, linking societal with economic factors, solutions need to be found to meet these challenges. 

These challenges require developing an encompassing framework for research and innovation (R&I) to address environmental and climate ethics and integrity issues, which involve significant environmental and climate repercussions (e.g. R&I in the area of electro-magnetic fields, geoengineering or biotechnology in food systems). A central pillar of the European Green Deal and associated legislation is to promote new technologies and sustainable solutions to reach net zero emissions in the EU by 2050.

This is when RE4Green, a project funded under the HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01 call (2024-2027) with a grant of €2,999,343.75 comes into force. 

What is the main project objective/mission?

The RE4Green project will address environmental challenges by using a bottom-up, network-based approach. The project aims to design and co-create a research ethics and integrity framework for environmental and climate studies. Furthermore, RE4Green will provide research integrity guidelines, policy recommendations and training to support the key ambitions of the Green Deal of the European Union (EU), like the net zero emissions in the EU by 2050. 

Who are the project partners/role of EARMA?

EARMA is one of 15 partners in a global consortium, including recognised academic, research and commercial organisations and institutions in Europe and worldwide such as: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms- Universität Bonn (Germany); Eurec Office Gug (Germany); Trilateral Research Limited (Ireland); Universiteit Twente (Netherlands); Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (Austria), Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion (Greece), Verein der Europäischen Bürgerwissenschaften (Germany), Korea University (Korea), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Stitching VUMC (Netherlands), Women Engage for a Common Future E.V. (Germany), National University Corporation the University of Tokyo (Japan).

How can the EARMA community benefit from the project main outputs (e.g. trainings, policy)?

The EARMA community of research managers and administrators will benefit from this initiative by contributing to:

  • Identifying, analysing and assessing key and cross-cutting environmental and climate ethics and integrity challenges.
  • Build a community for sustained bottom-up engagement, awareness raising, and exchange across stakeholders of the European Research Area (ERA) about environmental and climate ethics.
  • Produce and/or adapt operational (“how-to”) ethics and integrity guidelines and elaborate and disseminate policy recommendations to support researchers, research ethics committee members and integrity experts, research managers, funders and policymakers, to account for environmental and climate impacts in R&I.
  • Develop traditional and online training materials on ethical and integrity aspects in climate and environmental technologies using micromodules that can be tailored to different target groups.


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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101131706.