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Energy research and innovation

Why the EU supports energy research and innovation

The transition towards climate neutrality by 2050 gives energy a central role, as energy is today responsible for more than 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.

To reach climate neutrality, we need to decarbonise at least six times faster than anything realised globally so far. We must drastically increase the share of renewable energy sources and clean energy carriers, and improve energy efficiency.

Importantly, the energy transition must be just and inclusive or it will not happen at all. Citizens need not only clean, but also affordable, secure and safe energy. Today our dependence on imported fossil fuels is hampering this just transition.

REPowerEU will enable us to speed up this transition and move towards renewable energy sources and green hydrogen. This will make Europe more resilient and independent while providing sustainable, secure and affordable energy for all.

Research and innovation are critical for delivering the solutions and system transformations. We must increase the efficiency of the whole renewable energy value chain and integrate sustainability and circularity throughout it.

In parallel, we must develop and demonstrate novel and disruptive renewable energy technologies and energy storage solutions. Carbon capture and storage will be needed to tackle remaining emissions.

Clean hydrogen can play a key role for long-term energy storage and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in particular in sectors that are difficult to decarbonise with existing solutions, such as heavy-duty and long distance transport, and carbon-intensive industry. REPowerEU foresees the implementation of a Hydrogen Accelerator with new and ambitious objectives for renewable hydrogen that go well beyond the targets of the Green Deal Hydrogen Strategy. 

Read about the EU's energy research and innovation strategy

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposal on energy related themes in Horizon Europe and information on the work programme.

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

Funding for innovative low-carbon technology research with focus on environmentally safe Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies

EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) aims to make it easier for SMEs to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle

Prize rewarding outstanding researchers or industries who find new solutions to the huge challenges of fusion energy.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.

Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more

Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Scientific energy research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes

You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

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Research and innovation news alert: This prize gives recognition to outstanding researchers or industries who have found innovative ideas or proposed new solutions in fusion research.

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Research and Innovation activities are crucial to reach the REPowerEU objectives by 2030, in line with the European Green Deal objectives.

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