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Research and innovation

Energy research and innovation strategy

Clean energy strategy

In 2016 the Commission presented a comprehensive research, innovation and competitiveness strategy, which supports the objectives of the energy union.

This strategy is outlined in the Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation Communication adopted as part of the Clean energy for all Europeans package, where research and innovation is recognised as a driver for the three overarching goals

  • energy efficiency first
  • Europe as a global leader in renewables
  • a fair deal for consumers

The Communication includes 20 measures focusing on what the EU can do to correct the market failure by regulations to give policy signals and mobilise private investment. It also shows how the EU can set the direction with European public funding.

The research and innovation actions of this strategy are supported by two specific initiatives

European Green Deal and Horizon Europe

Clean energy will be critical to reach climate objectives as part of the European Green Deal.

The full range of instruments available under the EU's next research and innovation programme - Horizon Europe - will also support the research and innovation efforts needed to achieve climate neutrality.

Energy innovation will play a key role in delivering on the Horizon Europe Mission area climate-neutral and smart cities.