The EASME (European Agency for small and medium enterprises) that was responsible for the EU Horizon 2020 projects will now become CINEA - the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency.
In addition to this change, the energy efficiency market-uptake activities will move to the new LIFE programme. A dedicated LIFE sub-programme Clean Energy Transition will aim at continuing to break market barriers and at facilitating the transition toward an energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and resilient economy by funding coordination and support actions across Europe. The first call for proposals is planned for early summer 2021.
The energy efficiency research and innovation activities will move to Horizon Europe’s Cluster 5 ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’ in the Pillar 2 Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, where the Built4People partnership will be also supported between industry and the European Commission and continue with innovating energy efficiency products and methods. The first call for proposal is planned for May 2021.
Therefore, sustainable energy projects will not only get support from the new Horizon Europe, but also from LIFE Clean Energy Transition, Innovation Fund, Connecting Europe Facility Energy and from the Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism. The European Commission explains the details.