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European Commission: Report on the first results of H2020 projects on energy efficiency and system integration

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Final report



Ricardo Energy & Environment, CE Delft and DNV GL have evaluated initial results from Horizon 2020 projects under the responsibility of DG Energy. These projects fall in four areas:


  • Energy Efficiency
  • Low Carbon Energy (grids and storage)
  • Low Carbon Energy Renewable Energy System Market Uptake
  • Smart Cities and Communities

The evaluation has focused particularly on:


  • Evaluating the outcomes and impacts of the projects funded under H2020 taking into account its new, holistic intervention approach, covering the whole innovation cycle and encompassing the whole value chain
  • Comparing the outcomes and impacts of the projects funded under H2020 with the projects of its predecessor programmes (Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE II) and the 7th Framework programme (FP7))
  • Evaluating how H2020 projects are supporting EU energy policy priorities, implementation and development
  • Recommending how future H2020 funding calls could support EU Energy policy priorities, implementation and development
  • Exploring the extent to which the creation of a common research and innovation framework in form of H2020 has improved the management and implementation of H2020 projects.

The first H2020 projects commenced in 2014 and no H2020 projects have yet completed, so the focus has been on the initial results and expected outcomes and impacts from these projects and from the programme overall.


This evaluation will support the European Commission in carrying out the midterm review of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).





For the projects considered in the current portfolio analysis (90 IEE II projects that had not previously been evaluated and 161 H2020 projects funded from 2014 and 2015 calls), about 75% included an indication of a route to longer term sustainability in their application documents. This could be plans for replication of a product, commercialisation of an activity, development of a business plan for future work or ongoing dissemination that would have a lasting effect. The proportion with an indication of sustainability was the same for the sets of IEE II and H2020 projects considered. However, this did vary between areas of each programme with IEE ALTENER, H2020 LCE and H2020 LCE RES MU only having indications of longer term sustainability in about 50 % of cases.


This may be a feature of the information requested or provided in the application documents as at least 90 % of respondents to the project participant survey, and over 95 % for H2020 respondents said that their project had led to or might lead to a new business model, service, process or product. Responses from H2020 respondents are highest for new business models and services and these are higher than for either the FP7 or IEE programmes.



To download the report, please visit the relevant European Commission webpage at the link below.