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Sectors: Energy, Environment, Industry, Innovation, New technologies, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Banks, Corporations, Development NGOs, Investment Funds, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, SMEs, Universities

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States

Category: Call for proposals


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Additional info regions:

* Developing countries: the list of developing countries in which established entities are automatically eligible for funding under Horizon 2020 is available in the Annexes to the Horizon 2020 general Work programme

* Switzerland: Although Swiss organisations are currently not eligible for funding under Horizon 2020, the situation status is bound to change pending the advancement of negotiation with the European Commission


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims at co-financing innovation actions with a view to developing low-carbon solutions and technologies for manufacturing and process industries and to curbing the GHG emission intensity (ratio between direct GHG emissions and output units of an activity) of manufacturing and process industries.

Priorities and funded actions:

–   Develop economically viable solutions and technologies for process and manufacturing industries allowing an ambitious reduction in specific GHG (greenhouse gases) emission intensity of at least 35%, with respect to the best available techniques currently installed
–  Assess the potential for leveraging the above-mentioned solutions and technologies within the sector of manufacturing and process industries
– Making it less expensive for industries to comply with the EU Emissions Trading system 
– Make EE industries competitive while avoiding any unwanted distortions between Member States
– Boosting Europe’s industrial leadership in advanced manufacturing and processing and fostering employment and opening new market opportunities in this field

Priorities and industries that solutions and technologies shall targett
Applicants are encouraged to focus on providing solutions for the following industries:
– Energy-intensive industries, in particular (but not only) those industries which may be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage
– Iron and steel, non-ferrous metals such as aluminium and copper, cement, glass, pulp and paper, chemicals and ceramics industries
Proposals should address technological solutions that could have widespread applications and may combine different technologies. Applicants should note that the reduction of GHG is not to be achieved solely through fuel switching.

Among financed actions
– Design and developing of breakthrough solutions and technologies for curbing industrial GHG emissions in an economically viable way
– Implementation of programmes for the demonstration of breakthrough solutions and technologies in relevant environments (including industrial environments)
– Close-to-market demonstration activities aimed at validating the viability of breakthrough technologies in overcoming the technological as well as non-technological barriers to curbing GHG emissions in a viable way for the processing and manufacturing industries