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RFCS – Big Tickets for Coal – 2022

RFCS - Big Tickets for Coal, aiming at developing and demonstrating innovative clean steel breakthrough technologies leading to near-zero-carbon coal making.

38 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy Environment & Climate
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Economic Area, European Union
Associated countries and countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible to the grant


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Priorities and funded actions


  • To support the coal industry diversification through the application of new technologies
  • To focus on repurposing of industrial sites related to the coal industry, specifically the repurposing of closed coal mines or coal mines under closure and/or the reconversion of coal power plants.


  • Priority 1: Mine water monitoring, management and/or treatment
  • Priority 2: Land monitoring, modelling, stabilisation and/or restoration
  • Priority 3: Waste and/or spoil treatment
  • Priority 4: energy recovery associated with the mitigation and monitoring of methane emissions from formerly operating coal mines, coal mines identified for eventual closure in Territorial Just Transition Plans or coking coal mines (e.g. ventilation air methane (VAM) or abandoned mine methane (AMM) projects that oxidise methane and produce useful energy) and/or geothermal energy systems
  • Priority 5: materials recycling and development of alternative materials, including recovery of critical raw materials
  • Priority 6: repurposing of former coal and lignite mines as well as coal-related infrastructure, including power supply services, with projects for energy storage, renewable energy, hydrogen or hybrid solutions that enable sector coupling

Among financed actions

  • Pilot and demonstration projects
  • Operating strategies
  • Actions that address at least one of the six objectives and/or priorities of the call
  • Promotional and training activities for workers affected by the reduction of coal use

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 54 months


  • Be legal entities
  • Be established in one of the eligible coutries
  • Be a consortium composed of minimum 2 independant applicants from 2 different eligible countries
  • Total budget of the topic “Big Tickets for Coal“: 38 million euro
  • Grant amount: between 5 and 18 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: 50% of total eligible costs

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