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TOPIC : Market uptake of existing and emerging sustainable bioenergy

Topic identifier: LCE-14-2015
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
10 December 2014
Deadline: 05 May 2015 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Topic Description

Specific challenge:Actions are still needed to foster the development of the bioenergy sector and to ensure its sustainability (Renewable Energy Progress Report [COM(2013)175]). One way to do it is to use more and sustainable bioenergy. However, the EU needs to expand the supply of bioenergy produced in the EU, by encouraging the EU farmers and foresters to produce also energy and energy intermediaries.

In the short- and medium-term perspective, sustainable bioenergy in all its forms is expected to be the main contributor to the de-carbonisation. In order to achieve the EU targets set out in the RES and Fuel Quality Directives, and to address concerns regarding indirect and direct environmental impacts, sustainable bioenergy technologies (both existing and emerging) need to further penetrate the market.

Scope: Proposals should address one or several of the following bullet points using technologies and systems which are already at TRL 7-9 (please see part G of the General Annexes):

  • Setting up or strengthening sustainable local bioenergy supply chains that meet highest environmental criteria and quality standards, including consideration for indirect impacts and energy balances;
  • Ensuring development and / or implementation of quality and sustainability standards for bioenergy in all its forms;
  • Creating a market for sustainable intermediate bioenergy carriers to enable better technology competitiveness through economies of scale;
  • Encouraging European farmers and foresters to produce non-food bioenergy or bioenergy carriers alongside food, feed and other products.
  • Development of methodologies for the traceability of biomass feedstocks from which bioenergy is produced (e.g. to distinguish first-generation from advanced biofuels);
  • Removing non-technical barriers to widespread production and use of biogas/biomethane from manure and other wastes as one of the most sustainable fuels available today for use in transport and for incorporation into the grid;
  • Ensuring sustained public acceptance of sustainable advanced biofuels;
  • Exchange of information on best practices for bioenergy policy, regulations and support schemes to allow the most sustainable and energy efficient use of bio-resources.
  • Cooperation between different policy areas at national / regional level (e.g. energy, agriculture, environment, waste, transport, etc.) needs to be increased to optimise the regulatory framework and implementing measures for the bioeconomy through exchange of information and best practices;
  • All Member States must possess the necessary capacity to enact the EU legislation, while the businesses must make full use of the opportunities that these new markets create for them. Therefore specific capacity building activities targeting the main stakeholders (e.g. biomass suppliers and users, decision makers, financial institutions, auditors and verification bodies) are needed.
  • Tailored financing schemes for supporting investments in innovative and established bioenergy technologies must be implemented, and the most successful schemes replicated.

Regional specificities, socio-economic and environmental aspects from a life-cycle perspective shall be considered.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 to 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact: Increasing the share of sustainable bioenergy in the final energy consumption. Substantial and measurable reductions in the transaction costs for project developers as well as for the permitting authorities, whilst still fully addressing the needs for environmental impact assessments, including considerations for indirect impacts and energy balance. Development of better policy, market support and financial frameworks, notably at national, regional and local level.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions


Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application


1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

3. Evaluation

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Coordination and Support Action:

[Specific provisions and funding rates]
[Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)]
[Standard evaluation form]
[Annotated Model Grant Agreement - General]

7. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 10. Secure, clean and efficient energy en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Flash Call Information en
  • Frequently Asked Questions en
  • Extra Info LCE-23-2015 en

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