IEE programme

Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) is now closed, although a number of projects funded under the programme are continuing.  The EU's Horizon 2020 programme now supports the research, demonstration and market up-take of energy-efficient technologies. Funds are available to support energy-efficient buildings, industry, heating and cooling, SMEs and energy-related products and services, as well as for improving the attractiveness of energy-efficiency investments. 

Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) offered a helping hand to organisations willing to improve energy sustainability. Launched in 2003 by the European Commission, the programme was part of a broad push to create an energy-intelligent future for us all. It supported EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU 2020 targets (20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of renewables in EU energy consumption).

IEE created better conditions for a more sustainable energy future in areas as varied as renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, industry, consumer products and transport.

The expectation was that by doing this, Europe would also boost its competitiveness, security of energy supply, and innovation standing for the years to come.

Running until 2013, the programme was open to all EU Member States, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. A budget of € 730 million was available to fund projects and put into place a range of European portals, facilities and initiatives.

IEE project funding

A large part of the programme budget was made available through annual calls for proposals to support projects putting the concept of 'intelligent energy' in practice. Carried out by public, private or non-governmental European organisations, they supported three main objectives - more energy efficiency, more renewables, and better transport and mobility. This covered, for instance, new training schemes, promotion campaigns, and the transfer of good practices between EU countries.

The 'In action' section shows how IEE made real changes to our daily lives.

IEE portals, financing facilities and special initiatives

In addition to funding projects which were selected through calls for proposals, the IEE programme included a wide range of additional mechanisms to convert EU policy objectives into action and trigger tangible results on the ground. These have been be grouped into IEE services, the ELENA financing facilities and special initiatives.

Who runs the programme?

Most parts of the IEE programme were run by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) - which has seen become the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) - on behalf of the European Commission.

The ELENA financing facilities were run by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the KfW Group .

The programme was a pillar of the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) .

Last update: 17/02/2015 | Top