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FIRE, the industry-led Forum for Innovation and Research in European Earth Observation, is building a strong community and a well-defined, recurrent process that helps to capture the “now” and to shape the “tomorrow” of the European EO sector. To achieve this overarching objective, it nurtures the coordinated exchanges between users across different sectors, starting with agriculture, energy, raw materials, infrastructure, marine, and urban development. A dedicated EO Evangelist programme promotes the adoption of EO solutions in these sectors. Open dialogue with the demand side guides the development, delivery and uptake of EO services in Europe.

If you want to know how Earth Observation helps key industries grow towards a more sustainable, efficient and innovative future visit our website or follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and YouTube.




The Harmonia project will empower Climate Change (CC) mitigation and adaptation measures by providing a platform dedicated to urban environments. This Integrated Resilience Assessment Platform (IRAP) will allow urban stakeholders to not only understand but also visualize the effects of CC.

Using satellite and auxiliary data available on GEOSS and other services, Harmonia will incorporate multi-disciplinary knowledge and assessments, address hazards connected to CC, and identify and define intervention necessity indices.

Harmonia leverages a wealth of existing Earth Observation Datasets and services ‒ including GEOSS, Copernicus and ESA data and services which will be capitalized with ensemble modelling of socio-economic and in-situ data to deliver a platform, the IRAP, allowing stakeholders to model a range of planning options against a number of CC scenarios. The IRAP will address multi-hazard risk factors and help streamline the process of preparing for, and responding to, CC-related hazards. This will support local decision making and foster a wide range of applications dedicated to climate adaptation and mitigation, generating important long-term socio-economic benefits.

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e-shape is a unique initiative that brings together decades of public investment in Earth Observation and in cloud capabilities into services for the decision-makers, the citizens, the industry and the researchers. It allows Europe to position itself as a global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets. EuroGEO, as Europe’s contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), aims at bringing together Earth Observation resources in Europe. 37 pilot applications under 7 thematic areas address societal challenges, foster entrepreneurship and support sustainable development, in alignment to the three main priorities of GEO (SDGs, Paris Agreement and Sendaï Framework).

e-shape objectives:

  • Provide significant impetus to activities that will enable and accelerate a breakthrough in the European EO sector and the downstream markets that benefit from EO services.
  • Coordinate EO actions, leverage on existing European heritage benefiting from open science and link to GEO flagships and initiatives;
  • Deliver concrete EO-derived benefits with and for users through a rigorous co-design;
  • Implement a coordinated and comprehensive portfolio of activities with emphases on user uptake, operational services, business support and aggressive outreach strategy;
  • Onboard new pilots currently being developed outside the project, providing them access to the strategic knowledge and communication channels of e-shape.


The XPRESS project gives support for Public Procurements to facilitate the collaboration between SMEs and the public sector for the development and adoption in renewables in regions. The general objective is to facilitate the introduction of innovative Renewable Energy Supply (RES) technologies and increase the share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption.

The European secretariat of Climate Alliance and together with Climate Alliance Italy are working within a consortium of 16 partners from UK, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Slovakia, Portugal and Belgium led by The Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), Italy.  Climate Alliance will facilitate the direct dialogue between local public authorities and innovative SMEs. Co-creation workshops will be organized to map the needs and the potentials of local authorities and innovative SMEs.

Procurement offers enormous potential to support climate change mitigation measures. Europe’s public authorities are major consumers. By using their purchasing power to choose eco-friendly goods, services and works, they play a key role to foster sustainable consumption and production.  Green Public Procurement (GPP) is also a strong stimulus for eco-innovation. In fact, it stimulates a critical mass of demand for more sustainable goods and services which otherwise would not easily get onto the market. But there are also barriers that need to be overcome.

How did XPRESS come about?

XPRESS – an EU-funded project under Horizon 2020 R&I programme – gives support to Public Procurements to facilitate the collaboration between SMEs and public sector for the adoption of RES (Renewable Energy Sources) in regions.

What is our goal?

PRESS is studying Green Public Procurement (GPP) – a system where public sector organisations use their purchasing power to choose environmentally friendly goods and services – and is investigating how this type of procurement could create new markets and provide financial support for RES innovations.

XPRESS is mapping the low carbon energy needs of European cities and municipalities, analysing perceived and actual barriers to investments in RES innovations and is developing new methodologies to evaluate the financial, economic and environmental impact of RES technologies. It will also develop financial tools to support the use of green technologies in European regions and municipalities.

The project is also collecting good practices of financing tools for innovative renewable technologies, focusing particularly on green procurement policies and will create a web platform to gather data, share information and match the needs of public and private organisations.


The first phase of the project is focusing on selected cities and municipalities within the UK, Italy, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Slovakia, Portugal and Belgium with the aim of involving other regions as the work progresses.




Funded by the Horizon Europe programme, the Building Capacities in Innovation Procurement for Cities (BUILD) project aims to support boosting the demand for innovative goods and services in Europe by promoting the use of public procurement of sustainable innovation and increasing capacities of cities in innovation procurement.

The aim is to encourage cooperation and knowledge sharing between public buyers; to discover the most up-to-date innovative technological solutions and assist in their development and further acquisition by means of facilitating the enhancement of innovation knowledge and skills within buyers; and to link and establish synergies with research and innovation projects funded by the EU.

This will be done with several activities providing advisory services to innovation procurement specialists, especially by providing trainings for public buyers on different topics in the area of innovation procurement, as well as staff exchanges to stimulate mutual learning. Advisory services will be provided also with updating training materials for procurers and with the PPI simulations.

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InnoBuyer is an EU-funded project that aims to become a testing ground and benchmark towards the implementation of a demand-driven methodology that brings together public and private organisations (Challengers) and innovative companies (Solvers) to jointly co-create innovative solutions, and speed-up the process leading to a concrete innovation procurement.

The project is operated by 3 partners with complementary expertise that form the core of a vibrant ecosystem: F6S (Ireland), CIVITTA (Estonia) and TICBIOMED (Spain).