Partnerships in Horizon Europe
The aim of European Partnerships with EU and associated countries, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders is to deliver on global challenges and modernise industry.
The initial list of candidate European Partnerships in Horizon Europe is found in Annex 7 of the Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe.
The following are the partnerships in the area of climate, energy and mobility.
Details of partnerships
- European Partnership for transforming Europe's rail system
The partnership aims to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative technologies (especially digital and automation) and deliver on European Green Deal objectives. It will develop solutions with broad support across the EU – up to 75% market uptake by 2030, improving the competitiveness of rail and support European technological leadership in rail.
Draft partnership proposal (July 2020)
Partners: Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies - Enno Wiebe, UNIFE the European Rail Industry - Nicolas Furio, European Rail Infrastructure Manager Association - Bardo Schettini Gherardini
- European Partnership for Integrated Air Traffic Management (ATM)
Digital transforming air traffic management will make the European airspace the most efficient and environmentally friendly in the world. This will support the competitiveness and recovery of the European aviation sector in a post-coronavirus crisis Europe. Key areas: improving connectivity, air-ground integration and automation, increasing flexibility and scalability of airspace management and safe integration of drones.
Draft partnership proposal (July 2020)
- European Partnership for Clean Aviation
The Clean Aviation partnership will develop disruptive new aircraft technologies to support the European Green Deal and climate neutrality by 2050. These technologies will deliver net greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of no less than 30%, compared to the 2020 state-of-the-art.
Technological and industrial readiness will allow the deployment of new aircraft with this performance no later than 2035, enabling 75% of the world’s civil aviation fleet to be replaced by 2050.
The aircraft developed will enable net CO2 reductions of up to 90% when combined with the effect of sustainable ‘drop-in’ fuels, or zero CO2 emissions in flight when using hydrogen as an energy source.
Draft partnership proposal (June 2020)
- European Partnership on Clean Hydrogen
The partnership aims to accelerate development and deployment of European clean hydrogen technologies, contributing to a sustainable, decarbonised and fully integrated energy system.
The Clean Hydrogen Partnership brings together all relevant actors (European companies, higher education institutes and Research and Technology Organisations) across the whole clean hydrogen value chain. This ranges from production towards applications, including storage and distribution, in all sectors of the economy, and especially for hard to reduce ones like transport and heavy industry.
Commission services: Luca Polizzi
- People-centric sustainable built environment (Built4People)
The vision of the partnerships is high quality, low carbon, energy and resource efficient built environments which drive the transition towards sustainability. The partnership brings together the whole value chain and it will develop sector-relevant innovation clusters across the EU.
The objectives are scientific (generate holistic innovation for sustainability), economic (revitalise the sector via sustainable operation) and societal (induce behavioural change towards sustainable living). The objectives will be reached through a user-centric approach.
- Draft partnership proposal (May 2020)
- Memorandum of understanding (June 2021)
- Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (March 2022)
- European Partnership – Towards zero-emission road transport (2ZERO)
The partnership aims to accelerate the development of zero tailpipe emission transport in Europe with a systems approach, develop a common vision and deliver a multi-stakeholder roadmap for a climate neutral and clean road transport system.
It will improve mobility and the safety of people and goods, ensure future European leadership in innovation, production and services. Main achievements by 2030 will focus on the wide deployment of zero-emission, affordable user-centric solutions, CO2 emission reduction and air quality improvements. A major challenge will be the introduction of zero-emission and competitive long distance heavy-duty vehicles.
Commission services: Guido SACCHETTO
- European Partnership on Connected, Cooperative and Automated Driving (CCAM)
The partnership aims to accelerate the implementation of innovative, connected, cooperative and automated mobility (CCAM) technologies and services.
By bringing together the actors of the complex cross-sectoral value chain, it will develop and implement a shared, coherent and long-term European research and innovation agenda.
By 2030, the partnership will have demonstrated inclusive, user-oriented and well-integrated mobility concepts, enabled by CCAM, with increased safety and a reduced carbon footprint. It will make Europe a world leader in the deployment of connected and automated mobility for people and goods.
Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the CCAM Partnership
Commission services: Ludger Rogge
- European Partnership on zero-emission waterborne transport
The partnership will provide and demonstrate zero-emission solutions for all main ship types and services before 2030, which will enable zero-emission waterborne transport before 2050.
In addition, the partnership will
- develop and demonstrate deployable technological solutions which will be applicable for the decarbonisation and elimination of other harmful emissions of main ship types and services
- facilitate the implementation of economically viable European new technologies and concepts regarding zero-emission waterborne transport, to strengthen the competitiveness of European industries in growing green ship technology markets and provide the capability to re-enter markets presently dominated by Europe’s competitors
- facilitate the development and implementation of regulations and policies at national and international level, including the development of standards to enable the implementation of technological solutions for zero-emission waterborne transport by 2030 at the latest
- facilitate the uptake of innovative zero-emission waterborne transport technologies and solutions within the European waterborne sector, supporting economic growth and European employment
- Batt4EU - European Partnership for an Industrial Battery Value Chain
This partnership aims in the short to medium-term to support the development of a world-class European research and innovation ecosystem on batteries (which is currently non-existent), with a view towards industrial leadership by Europe in the design and production of batteries for the next generation of both stationary and mobile applications. In the long-term, the goal is to develop futuristic battery technology beyond 2030.
Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of Batt4EU Partnership
Commission services: Johan Blondelle
- European Partnership – driving urban transitions to a sustainable future (DUT)
The partnership will engage and enable the whole spectrum of urban stakeholders (local authorities, municipalities, business and citizens) to co-create innovative, systemic and people-centric approaches, tools, methods and services in support of urban transformative transitions.
This will lead to more efficient and decarbonised use of energy, sustainable and people-friendly mobility systems, circular and environmental-friendly use of resources, for the well-being of citizens and preservation of biodiversity.
Draft partnership proposal (June 2020)
Commission services:Christos Fragakis
Partners: JPI Urban Europe - Margit Noll
- European Partnership for Clean Energy Transition
A transformative research and innovation programme across Europe, this partnership will boost and accelerate energy transition in all its dimensions. It will enable joint research and innovation programmes from regional to national and global level, co-supported by industry, public organisations, research and citizens’ organisations to make Europe a frontrunner in energy innovation and eventually the first climate-neutral continent.
Draft partnership proposal (May 2020)
Commission services: Maria Getsiou
Partners: Swedish Energy Agency - Lisa Lundmark
Partnerships in other areas
- digital, industry and space
- food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment
- partnerships across other themes
The infographic is published in the context of the report on the Performance of European Partnerships: Biennial Monitoring Report (BMR) 2022 on partnerships under Horizon Europe. It focuses on introducing European Partnerships in Horizon Europe's clusters 5 and 6 and their contribution to the EU's green transition