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The European Union presents a strategic plan to establish leadership in the fields of renewable energy, batteries, and zero-emission

In a significant move towards bolstering its industrial and technological prowess, the European Commission announced a groundbreaking strategy to secure the European Union’s leadership in the field of advanced materials. This initiative, outlined in the Communication on Advanced Materials for Industrial Leadership, presents a series of concrete steps designed to synchronize research, innovation priorities, and investments across the EU. It marks a pivotal step towards a unified European strategy on advanced materials, essential for innovation in key sectors such as energy, electronics, and construction, pivotal for the green and digital transition

With advanced materials being at the heart of technological advancements in renewable energy, batteries, and zero-emission infrastructure, the demand for these materials is projected to soar. The EU’s strategy not only aims to keep the bloc at the cutting edge of material technologies but also to enhance its economic security by minimizing reliance on critical materials through innovative alternatives and promoting recycling and reuse.

The Commission’s plan revolves around five main pillars, including the enhancement of the European research and innovation ecosystem, expediting the journey of innovative materials to the market, and bolstering capital investments. A notable highlight is the establishment of a “materials commons,” a digital infrastructure leveraging AI to fast-track the development and testing of new materials. Additionally, the strategy includes the creation of a Technology Council to guide the initiative and a commitment to significant investments, aiming at €500 million for 2025-2027, with substantial private sector contributions.


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