Intelligent Energy for Europe

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Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) is a EU funding programme that supports projects which aim at an improvement of energy sustainability. It is a part of the European Union's Competitiveness and Innovation (CIP) Framework Programme. The projects CONSTRUCTION21 and AIDA are IEE projects on the topic of sustainable building. Other topics encompassed by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme are industry, infrastructure and transport.

Origin and goal of programme

Launched in 2003 by the European Commission, the programme supports EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU 2020 targets, which encompass a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of renewables in EU energy consumption. Intelligent Energy – Europe creates 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 is that by doing this, Europe will also boost its competitiveness, security of energy supply, and innovation standing for the years to come.

Countries, time frame and budget

Running in its secend period from 2007 until 2013, the programme is open to all EU Member States, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and Macedonia. The budget is € 730 million. The programme is a pillar of the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).[1]

The IEE programme after 2014

Like the Seventh Framework Programme, the Intelligent Energy Europe programme for the time after 2014 runs under the call of Horizon2020. The activities extend from research to market and include activities which build on the experience of the previous programme. The first call for the new funding period has already been published.[2]

References

  1. Homepage of IEE: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/about/iee-programme/index_en.htm
  2. Website on new call IEE 2014+: http://ec.europa.eu/easme/energy_en.htm