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H2020 Programme

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's funding programme for research and innovation, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Horizon 2020 couples research and innovation, and has an emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

More information about the Horizon 2020 programme is available on the Horizon 2020 website.

Energy Efficiency

Horizon 2020 is structured in several sections, including "Excellent Science", "Industrial Leadership" and "Societal Challenges". The energy efficiency calls managed by EASME come under Societal Challenge 3 "Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy".

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency provides support for innovation through research and demonstration of more energy-efficient technologies and solutions; and market uptake measures to remove market and governance barriers by addressing financing, regulations and the improvement of skills and knowledge. The programme supports the research, demonstration and market up-take of energy-efficient technologies. Funds are available to support energy-efficient buildings, industry, heating and cooling, SMEs and energy-related products and services, as well as for improving the attractiveness of energy-efficiency investments.

Intelligent Energy Europe

Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) is now closed, although a number of projects funded under the programme are continuing. The EU's Horizon 2020 programme now supports the research, demonstration and market up-take of energy-efficient technologies

Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) offered a helping hand to organisations willing to improve energy sustainability. Launched in 2003 by the European Commission, the programme was part of a broad push to create an energy-intelligent future for us all. It supported EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU 2020 targets (20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of renewables in EU energy consumption).

Most parts of the IEE programme were run by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) - which has become the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) - on behalf of the European Commission.

IEE created better conditions for a more sustainable energy future in areas as varied as renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, industry, consumer products and transport.

The expectation was that by doing this, Europe would also boost its competitiveness, security of energy supply, and innovation standing for the years to come.

Running until 2013, the programme was open to all EU Member States, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. A budget of € 730 million was available to fund projects and put into place a range of European portals, facilities and initiatives.

If you want to learn more about what have been achieved, have a look at the Publications section.