Sustainable Industry Low Carbon (SILC)

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Sustainable Industry Low Carbon (SILC)

The Sustainable Industry Low Carbon (SILC) Programmes support industry by financing the development, demonstration and dissemination of low-carbon technologies through EU grants, and by promoting the adoption of such technologies within and across sectors. SILC helps EU industry face the challenges of strong global competition and ambitious EU energy, climate and other environmental policies.

SILC is implemented in two funding phases with specific objectives: SILC I (2011-2013) and SILC II (2014 onwards).


The SILC I programme funds technological and non-technological innovation measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at plant level. SILC I focuses on identifying, developing, deploying and disseminating measures that can be implemented in the short term.

Through three rounds of calls for proposals, eight projects have been selected for funding under SILC I. The projects cover in particular the following sectors: iron and steel, ferroalloys, cement, glass, ceramics, and pulp and paper.

The solutions and technology being developed by the projects can be classified in two main categories: energy heat recovery systems and energy saving initiatives. Concrete measures encompass process optimisation, implementation of new systems, development of new products, development of best practice guidelines and knowledge hubs, and development of new financing models.

The measures proposed in SILC I are not plant specific. They really improve core industrial processes and have great potential for implementation in the sectors addressed and beyond.


SILC II is a Horizon 2020 initiative, which funds large-scale demonstrators for low-carbon technologies with a special focus on energy-intensive industries. It looks at breakthrough solutions that can bring significant greenhouse gas emission reduction (35% compared to current 'best available techniques') and that have a high potential technology transfer within and across sectors.

SILC II projects will demonstrate the technical and economic viability of the technologies proposed, by testing them in industrial plants working under real conditions and developing exploitation and business plans.

In addition to SILC, industries can also get financial support for low-carbon technologies from other programmes of Horizon 2020, the NER programme and the European Structural and Investment Funds.