Putting research and innovation at the heart of the Energy Union
The Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan has been the research and inovation pillar of the EU's energy and climate policy since 2007. It was revised in 2015 to effectively line up with the EU's Energy Union research and innovation priorities.
It coordinates low-carbon research and innovation activities in EU Member States and other participating countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).
The SET-Plan helps structuring European and national research programmes and triggers substantial investments on common priorities in low-carbon technologies.
Research and innovation – a crucial part of the EU's energy strategy
The EU's wider energy policy - the Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy, aims to give EU consumers access to secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy.
Research, Innovation and Competitiveness is one of the five key dimensions of this strategy and contributes to the overall ambition of fundamentally transforming the EU's energy system.
In order to achieve the EU's energy goals for 2030 and achieve a low-carbon society by the second half of this century, we need research and innovation to develop breakthrough technologies and solutions that can be used by citizens and companies.