The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. It seeks to improve new technologies and bring down costs by co-ordinating research and helping to finance projects.
The SET-Plan promotes research and innovation efforts across Europe by supporting technologies with the greatest impact on the EU's transformation to a low-carbon energy system. It promotes cooperation amongst EU countries, companies, research institutions, and the EU itself.
The SET-Plan includes the SET-Plan Steering Group, European Industrial Initiatives, the European Energy Research Alliance, and the SET-Plan Information System.
SET-Plan Steering Group
The EU Steering Group on Strategic Energy Technologies (SET- Plan Steering Group) consists of high-level representatives from EU countries, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey. The SET-Plan Steering Group coordinates the implementation of the SET-Plan and promotes joint initiatives between groups of EU countries and the EU.
European Industrial Initiatives
The European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs) bring together EU countries, industry, and researchers in key areas. They promote the market uptake of key energy technologies by pooling funding, skills, and research facilities.
European Energy Research Alliance
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) aims to accelerate new energy technology development through working together on pan-European programmes. Research institutes and universities participating in EERA jointly identify these programmes, coordinate research efforts, and share information.
SET-Plan Information System
The EU's SET-Plan Information System (SETIS) provides information on the state of low-carbon technologies. It also assesses the impact of energy technology policies, reviews the costs and benefits of various technological options, and estimates implementation costs. This information is useful for the European Industrial Initiatives, private companies, trade associations, the European Energy Research Alliance, international organisations, and financial institutions.