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Boosting Europe's green transition: Commission invests €1.5 billion in innovative clean tech projects

The Commission is launching today the second call for large-scale projects under the Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU's Emissions Trading System. With a budget of €1.5 billion it will finance breakthrough technologies for renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage.

Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans said:

“The Innovation Fund helps to scale up technological solutions necessary for the green transition. With this call, we will support innovative projects, speeding them up, and bringing them to the market as quickly as possible. This investment will support the decarbonisation of Europe's economy, paving the way to climate neutrality in 2050, and reinforcing European technological leadership on a global scale.''

Taking into account the significant oversubscription in the first call and the strong project pipeline, the Commission simplified the application process, which now consists of only one stage. This will reduce significantly the lead time from application to grant award.

Projects will be evaluated according to their potential to avoid greenhouse gas emissions, their innovation potential, their financial and technical maturity, their potential for scaling up and their cost efficiency. The call is open for projects from all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway until the 3rd of March 2022.

For projects that are promising but not sufficiently mature for a grant, there will be project development assistance by the European Investment Bank.

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