European Commissioner Michel Barnier, who is acting Commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, said: “We need to tackle the problem of climate change, but we cannot give up on industrial production in Europe. Therefore, the call for proposals intends to help industry to adapt, modernise and become more energy efficient and competitive on the global markets and to maintain employment in the EU. Moreover, the projects will boost EU leadership in advanced manufacturing and low-carbon technologies."
The European Commission has launched the Sustainable Industry Low Carbon II (SILC II) initiative with a budget of €20 million.
This new initiative, funded under Horizon 2020, aims at contributing to the achievement of the stringent EU climate and energy targets and the decarbonisation of the EU economy in the long run. In particular, in the context of the EU’s decarbonisation ambitions, breakthrough solutions for advanced low-carbon manufacturing and processing are important to maintain the competitiveness of EU industries.