Europe

Survey and Workshop to set-up the Innovation Fund: 10B€ funding in low carbon technologies

Quand : jeu 19/09 de 09h00 à 17h30

Où : Brussels

Qui : Adhérent AXELERA

Europe’s new Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.

A Full Innovation FUND presentation provided by thE European Commission is available HERE.

AXELERA WILL HELP DEFINE THE FIRST INNOVATION FUND CALL PROCEDURES DURING A WORKSHOP WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION on 19 September.

This is a unique opportunity to make sure that the Innovation Fund (10B€ for low-carbon technologies) is designed in a way which is adapted to the specific context and needs of our network.  AXELERA’s members are invited to bring their needs and preferences for the evaluation criteria and related issues to the attention of the DG CLIMA experts (+ consultants) who will be designing the detailed procedures and rules for the organization of the first Innovation Fund call.

AXELERA proposes to represent the network on September 19th in Brussels. WE RECOMMEND YOU provide your needs and preferences to AXELERA via this survey before September 10th, 2019. If you would to be physically present at this meeting, please contact jennifer.shaw-taberlet@axelera.org. 

 

In any case, we invite you to email Jen and / or another AXELERA team member your potential projects idea(s) for the Innovation Fund.

INNOVATION FUND OVERVIEW:

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund focuses on:

  • Innovative low-carbon technologies and processes in energy intensive industries, including products substituting carbon intensive ones
  • Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU)
  • Construction and operation of carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • Innovative renewable energy generation
  • Energy storage

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), the world’s largest carbon pricing system, is providing the revenues for the Innovation Fund from the auctioning of 450 million allowances from 2020 to 2030, as well as any unspent funds from the NER300 programme.

The Fund may amount to about €10 billion, depending on the carbon price. In parallel to the Innovation Fund, the EU ETS provides the main long-term incentive for these technologies to be deployed.

Objectives

  • Help create the right financial incentives for projects to invest now in the next generation of technologies needed for the EU’s low-carbon transition
  • Boost growth and competitiveness by empowering EU companies with a first-mover advantage to become global technology leaders
  • Support innovative low-carbon technologies in all Member States in taking off and reaching the market.

The Innovation Fund is designed to take into account the lessons learned from its predecessor, the NER300 programme. It is bigger and better in several ways:

  • Open to projects from energy intensive industries
  • Improves the risk-sharing for projects: its grants cover up to 60% of the additional capital and operational costs of innovation
  • Provides support in more flexible way, following the cash flow needs of the project through pre-defined milestones
  • Simpler selection process
  • Stronger synergies with other EU funding programmes
  • Streamlined governance and simplified decision-making

What will be funded?

The Innovation Fund will focus on highly innovative technologies and big flagship projects with European value added that can bring on significant emission reductions. It is about sharing the risk with project promoters to help with the demonstration of first-of-a-kind highly innovative projects.

It aims to finance a varied project pipeline achieving an optimal balance and wide range of innovative technologies in all eligible sectors (energy intensive industries, renewable energy, energy storage, CCS and CCU) and Member States.

At the same time, the projects need to be sufficiently mature in terms of planning, business model and financial and legal structure.

The Fund will also support cross-cutting projects on innovative low-carbon solutions that lead to emission reductions in multiple sectors, for example through industrial symbiosis or business model innovation.

The Fund is also be open to small-scale projects with total capital costs under €7.5 million which can benefit from simplified application and selection procedures.

Application process

The application process has two phases:

  • Expression of interest, with a first assessment on the project effectiveness, innovation and maturity level. Projects that meet only the first two criteria may qualify for project development assistance.
  • Full application, where projects are assessed on all the criteria, including scalability and cost efficiency.

Project proponents can apply by submitting their projects when there is an open call for proposals.

The Commission aims to launch the first call in 2020, followed by regular calls until 2030.

More details on the application process, including relevant documentation, will be published in the call(s) for proposals.

Selection criteria

Projects will be selected based on:

  • Effectiveness of greenhouse gas emissions avoidance
  • Degree of innovation
  • Project viability and maturity
  • Scalability
  • Cost efficiency (cost per unit of performance)

The selection criteria will be weighted according to their relative importance. The final ranking of projects will be established based on comparing the scores across and within different sectors.

The calls for proposals will set the detailed scoring and ranking methodology, as well as possible additional criteria for geographical and sectorial balance.

Grant financing

The Innovation Fund will support up to 60% of the additional capital and operational costs linked to innovation.

The grants will be disbursed in a flexible way based on project needs, taking into account the milestones achieved during the project lifetime.

Up to 40% of the grants can be given based on pre-defined milestones before the whole project is fully up and running.

Grant financing