Updated on 6 September 2017
There are many untapped opportunities to save energy and encourage the use of renewable energy sources in Europe, but market conditions do not always help. The Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) programme was the EU's tool for funding action to improve these conditions and move us towards a more energy intelligent Europe.
Intelligent Energy – Europe 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. 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.
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 since become the Executive Agency for Small and MediumEs (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.