The European Green Deal

This means becoming “the first climate-neutral continent”!

November 2020

Climate change and environmental degradation are existential threats to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy that will transform the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where

  1. a) no more net greenhouse gas emissions will be released by 2050
  2. b) economic growth is disconnected from the use of resources
  3. c) no one, neither person nor region, will be forgotten.

The European Green Deal is a roadmap for a sustainable EU economy. This goal is to be achieved by seeing climate and environmental challenges as opportunities in all policy areas and making the transition fair and inclusive for all. ( https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_de)

Green Materials Box

Communication medium to promote ecological material innovations in the context of the European Union’s Green Deal

During the far-reaching and future-oriented project of the European Commission, the task was to implement a presentation package for innovations on sustainable materials for the European Union’s Green Deal. The aim being to make the general public aware of the possibilities and the necessity to develop ecological material solutions within the European member states.

The Green Materials Box contains 5 material innovations on sustainable materials, which, in different dimensions, show the possibilities for an ecological change within our economic and product culture. Alternatives to CO2-intensive materials, based on agricultural residues, are presented as well as natural insulation materials with a high heat storage capacity. Edible packaging materials show us one way to a plastic-free world and a way to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans.

Experiments with smart materials, based on electrically conductive carbon fibre paper, as well as a textile derived from the armour structure of the Namib Desert beetle, with which it obtains drinking water from fog in coastal desert regions, are intended to introduce and open an understanding of the possibilities of innovative material sciences to a wide range of social classes.

Of the five material innovations mentioned above, KOHPA® is an ecological product and was designated for the Green Materials Box 2020 by the European Commission in October 2020.