Intelligent Energy Europe
Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) offers a helping hand to organisations willing to improve energy sustainability. Launched in 2003 by the European Commission, the programme is part of a broad push to create an energy-intelligent future for us all. It supports EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU’s 2020 targets (20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% renewables in EU energy consumption).
Intelligent Energy Europe – a success story by 2013
IEE 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 for 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 has been made available to fund projects and put into place a range of European portals, facilities and initiatives.
Energy Efficiency in Horizon 2020
From 2014 IEE has been integrated in Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The total budget set aside for energy efficiency amounts to approximately €100 million for 2014 and a further €100 million for 2015.