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Grants for Collaborative Projects, including Research, innovation close to market, Coordination and Support Actions, and other new schemes (i.e. prizes, innovative public procurement, etc…) oriented to Political Priorities and Challenges of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

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Specific challengeThe technologies that will form the backbone of the energy system by 2030 and 2050 are still under development. Promising technologies for energy conversion are being developed at laboratory scale and need to be scaled up in order...
One of the major challenges Europe will face in the coming decades is to make its energy system clean, secure and efficient, while ensuring EU industrial leadership in low-carbon energy technologies.
To help achieve such ambitious objectives, this call aims at developing and accelerating the time to market of affordable, cost-effective and resource-efficient technology solutions, to decarbonise the energy system in a sustainable way, to secure energy supply and to complete the energy internal market in line with the objectives of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and of the related energy legislation (notably the Renewable Energy and CCS Directives) and energy policies designed to deliver the 2020 targets and to shape energy market frameworks for 2030 and 2050.
The scale and ambition of research and innovation needed requires enhanced cooperation between all stakeholders, including the EC, Member State administrations at national, regional and local level, the industry, the research community and society at large.
The EU is committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, and intends to achieve a further reduction to 80-95% by 2050. In addition, renewables should cover 20% of the final energy consumption in 2020, and a large part of it by 2050, as identified in the Energy roadmap 2050. A reduction of at least 60% of GHGs by 2050 with respect to 1990 is required from the transport sector, while by 2030 the goal for transport will be to reduce GHG emissions to around 20% below their 2008 level.
Time is pressing. The solutions that will be developed and rolled out to the market in the next ten years will form the backbone of the energy system for many years ahead. Besides, the energy system needs to evolve to accommodate, among others, much higher levels of integration of renewable energy. It is essential that energy market stakeholders from both the public and private sectors should understand, accept and implement market up-take measures and procedures cost-effectively at national, regional and local levels. It is also important for society to understand the existing challenges and the implications of their possible solutions, so as to build confidence amongst investors and to ensure sustained public acceptance.