The European Commission has signed 57 new grants for projects that support Europe's transition to a more energy efficient future. These projects are funded under the 2019 call for proposals of the Horizon 2020 programme under the challenge “secure, clean and efficient energy”.
Approximately €113 million of EU grant funding has been awarded to projects under the following focus areas.
Consumers & Smart Energy Services: 10 projects receive €24 m. Some examples:
- Motivating consumer groups to join energy communities and energy efficiency services – DECIDE – a coordination & support action coordinated from Belgium
- Making energy efficiency improvements accessible to energy poor communities in Central and Eastern European multi-family apartment buildings – ComAct – a coordination & support action coordinated from Slovakia
- A platform that will operate as virtual building management system – iBECOME – a coordination & support action coordinated from Ireland
Innovative Financing: 11 projects receive €16 m. Some examples:
- A financial scheme for energy efficiency investments in supermarkets – SUPER-HEERO – a coordination & support action coordinated from Italy
- Setting up a solid refinancing mechanism for receivables from energy efficiency services projects through standardisation and the development of a rating system – REFINE – a coordination & support action coordinated from Austria
- Delivering Nearly Zero Energy Building renovations of 25 schools through Energy Performance Contracting – PEDIA – a coordination & support action coordinated in Cyprus
Industry: 5 projects receive €10 m. Some examples:
- Unlocking the market potential of energy symbiosis with the deployment of Energy Symbiosis Incubators enabling the utilization of waste energy from energy intensive industries – INCUBIS – a coordination & support action coordinated from Spain
- Support to Member States in the development of tailor-made and scalable audit support schemes for SMEs – LEAP4SME – a coordination & support action coordinated from Italy
Public Authorities & Policy Support: 8 projects receive €13 m. Some examples:
- Supporting public authorities in nine Central and Eastern European countries in their development of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) – CEESEU – a coordination & support action coordinated from Estonia
- Analysis and modelling of trends affecting energy consumption towards 2050 – NEWTRENDS – a research and innovation action coordinated from Germany
Buildings: 23 projects receive €49 m. Some examples:
- Fast-track renovation of existing residential buildings using prefabrication – Surefit – an innovation action coordinated from Portugal
- Set up of integrated home renovation services in five German cities & regions – ProRetro – a coordination & support action coordinated from Germany
- Support to develop energy efficiency construction skills including through legislative changes – INSTRUCT– a coordination & support action coordinated from Poland
- Demonstrate an open source multi-service Internet of Things solution for buildings – domOS – an innovation action coordinated from Switzerland
- Integration of operational data from buildings into Energy Performance Certificates– D^2EPC – an innovation action coordinated from Greece
- Exchange activities between Africa and Europe on bioclimatic construction – ABC 21 – a coordination & support action coordinated from Italy
In total, 539 beneficiaries from 38 countries will take part in these projects, of which some 30% are SMEs. In total, EASME evaluated 272 eligible proposals from 68 countries.
Further funding for energy efficiency research, innovation and market uptake project proposals is available during 2020. The last Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency call for proposals is open with a deadline of 10th September 2020 for proposal submissions. Further details are available on EASME’s website.
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