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Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects

The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund

The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, one of the world’s largest programs for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System.

The Innovation Fund will finance breakthrough technologies for renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use, and storage. It will provide a boost to the green recovery by creating local future-proof jobs, paving the way to climate neutrality, and reinforcing European technological leadership on a global scale.

Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “This call for proposals comes at just the right time. The EU will invest €1 billion in promising, market-ready projects such as clean hydrogen or other low-carbon solutions for energy-intensive industries like steel, cement, and chemicals. We will also support energy storage, grid solutions, and carbon capture and storage. These large-scale investments will help restart the EU economy and create a green recovery that leads us to climate neutrality in 2050.”

The first call will provide grant funding of €1 billion to large-scale projects for clean technologies to help them overcome the risks linked to the commercialization and large-scale demonstration. This support will help new technologies to reach the market. For promising projects which are not yet ready for the market, a separate budget of €8 million is set aside for project development assistance.

The call is open for projects in eligible sectors from all EU Member States, Iceland, and Norway. The funds can be used in cooperation with other public funding initiatives, such as State aid or other EU funding programs.

Projects will be evaluated according to their potential to avoid greenhouse gas emission, innovation potential, financial and technical maturity, and potential for scaling up and cost-efficiency.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 29 October 2020. Projects can apply via the EU Funding and Tenders portal where more details on the overall procedure are available.

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