Interreg North West Europe Call on Renewable Energy
The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Programme is one of the fifteen transnational cooperation programmes financed by the European Union. It is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)1. ERDF is one of the funds designed to improve EU Cohesion. To create an impact, the NWE Programme is specifically looking for projects with a strong demonstration focus and an implementation phase that actively transfers results to other areas/regions/sectors. This means, for example, jointly implementing demonstration schemes or testing facilities to demonstrate solutions in real-life conditions. To deliver its aim, the programme has identified three thematic priorities, each of which is sub-divided into specific objectives. These priorities and specific objectives (SO) are listed below. The current call for proposals is open only to the second thematic priority on low-carbon (Specific Objectives 2, 3 and 4). This call for proposals is organised according to a one-step procedure. For a detailed description of the application and selection process, see the Programme Manual as well as the ‘Manual on the application procedure’ specific to this targeted call.
Priority 1: Innovation
- Specific Objective 1: To enhance innovation performance of enterprises throughout NWE regions.
Priority 2: Low Carbon
- Specific Objective 2: To facilitate the implementation of low-carbon, energy and climate protection strategies to reduce GHG emissions in NWE.
- Specific Objective 3: To facilitate the uptake of low carbon technologies, products, processes and services in sectors with high energy saving potential, to reduce GHG emissions in NWE.
- Specific Objective 4: To facilitate the implementation of transnational low-carbon solutions in transport systems to reduce GHG-emissions in NWE.
Priority 3: Resource and materials efficiency
- Specific Objective 5: To optimise (re)use of material and natural resources in NWE.
As for project activities, the Programme is particularly looking for projects that deal with the demonstration, implementation and roll-out of:
• Solutions that increase the share of renewable energies in the production and consumption mix;
• New and emerging renewable energy technologies to make them more cost-efficient and compatible with other primary energy sources’ technologies;
• Storage capacities of renewable energies;
• Hybrid solutions (i.e. combination of two or more renewable energy technologies) to increase synergies and drive down costs;
• Solutions on new grid technologies at large-scale;
• Solutions to realize carbon free mobility;
• Solutions related to alternative transport fuels (e.g. 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels);
• Optimised energy management systems (e.g. flexible generation and consumption as well as storage) to better match demand and supply (like for example Smart City Solutions for residential living and industrial areas).
The programme targets all or parts of 8 participating countries, including 7 EU Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) and the non-Member State Switzerland. A wide range of bodies are entitled to take part in NWE project partnerships including national, regional and local authorities, universities, R&D agencies, non-profit organisations as well as private partners, including profit-making partners (e.g. SMEs). Projects should bring together partners from at least three different countries (usually more) of which two must be from within the NWE area.
Over the lifetime of the programme, €372 million of ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) will be allocated to the most qualitative and innovative projects. For this call, a maximum of € 50m ERDF is available under Priority 2 Low Carbon.
All projects need to secure match-funding prior to approval. The maximum ERDF grant rate for partners is 60% of the total project budget. The partnership will need to provide the remaining part (see Programme Manual).
During project development, assistance will be provided by the Interreg NWE contact points with the support of the Joint Secretariat. All contact details can be found on the website www.nweurope.eu
The application package for this call can be downloaded in the “Application resources” section of the programme website www.nweurope.eu. It consists of:
• Cooperation Programme
• Terms of References of the targeted call
• Manual on the application procedure specific to the targeted call
• Programme Manual
• Full application form (for reference)
Technical questions regarding the electronic Monitoring System should be asked through: eMS@nweurope.eu.