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Concern grows over ‘do no harm’ principle


Scope of extra environmental sustainability requirement for Horizon Europe still unknown

Experts on the EU’s Horizon Europe R&D programme have added to concerns that a requirement for applicants to consider the ‘significant harm’ their work could cause the environment will be an extra burden for researchers.

The principle—covering harms to climate, biodiversity and other areas—comes from EU rules for judging the sustainability of economic activities. Its planned use in Horizon Europe, unveiled in a European Commission workshop on 21 April, was decried by MEP Christian Ehler last month.

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