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Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020: Secure, clean and efficient energy

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On 27 October 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020.


The 2018-2020 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 so far, and takes account of the extensive interim evaluation of the programme. The Work Programme also responds to the European Commission's political priorities and paves the way for its successor programme.


The new features include measures to support market-creating innovation, highly integrated activities called focus areas, emphasis on better dissemination of results and a focus on open access to data. The Work Programme also includes measures to increase simplification (e.g. lump sum funding), to widen participation from less performing countries, and to address skills mismatches.


This part of the Work Programme supports research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors, notably in the core priorities identified in the Energy Union Strategy: renewable energy; smart energy systems; energy efficiency; and, as an additional priority, Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS).


Within these areas, a special focus is put on three of the four strategic research and innovation priorities which are primarily addressed by the "Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy" Societal Challenge of Horizon 2020 – decarbonising the EU building stock by 2050; strengthening EU leadership on renewables; and developing affordable and integrated energy storage solutions. The context for operationalising and implementing these priorities, as well as other relevant issues addressed in this work programme part, is the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan).


The huge majority of activities included in this work programme part contribute to the focus area "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future" which pools relevant activities across different work programmes with the objective to stimulate the development of solutions capable of achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience.



Call - Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Secure, clean and efficient energy


This call includes the contribution of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge "Secure, clean and efficient energy" to the focus area "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future" which underpins the goals of the Paris Agreement and the "Clean Energy for all Europeans" package, including the Communication "Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation" (COM (2016) 736) and the SET-Plan priorities, with concrete R&I actions focusing on the accelerated transformation of the energy system, and other sectors, towards carbon neutrality and climate resilience. Activities also fully contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Horizon 2020 spending targets on Sustainable Development and climate action.


More specifically, in the field of the energy efficiency of buildings, proposals regarding the upgrading of buildings' energy performance and smartness are invited against the following topics, among others:


Decarbonisation of the EU building stock: innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for buildings renovation

Integrated home renovation services

Stimulating demand for sustainable energy skills in the construction sector

Upgrading smartness of existing buildings through innovations for legacy equipment

Next-generation of Energy Performance Assessment and Certification

Innovative financing for energy efficiency investments

Renewable energy system integrated at the building scale

Increased performance of technologies for local heating and cooling solutions

Demonstrate significant cost reduction for Building Integrated PV (BIPV) solutions

Smart Cities and Communities



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