Call for proposals for Energy Efficiency - Market Uptake PDA H2020-EE-2015-3 MarketUptake Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Societal challenges” responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges that are identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and that aim to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation efforts needed to achieve the Union's policy goals.

The specific objective is to fully exploit the potential of Europe's talent pool and to ensure that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the Union in accordance with the principle of excellence.

Funding shall be focused on the following specific objectives:
(a) Health, demographic change and well-being.
(b) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research. and the bioeconomy.
(c) Secure, clean and efficient energy.
(d) Smart, green and integrated transport.
(e) Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
(f) Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
(g) Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:
EE-05-2015: Increasing energy performance of existing buildings through process and organisation innovations and creating a market for deep renovation. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive contain provisions to increase renovation rates, especially for public buildings. However non-technological barriers hamper the implementation of these provisions and also prevent other market actors in the residential and private sectors from following the example that the public sector is expected to set. The heterogeneity of the construction industry, the large number of companies and the relative lack of quality standards and inspection protocols and guidelines limit the number and impact of large-scale energy efficiency investments and the effective integration of renewable energies. Many buildings are not commissioned and/or operated properly and energy performance certificates have not yet gained full public acceptance. The pressure to build or renovate towards nearly zero-energy buildings means that the building sector needs to significantly upgrade its working practices.

EE-07-2015: Enhancing the capacity of public authorities to plan and implement sustainable energy policies and measures. Public authorities play a key role in the reduction of EU energy consumption and the increase of renewable energy capacity. For instance Member States must produce and implement National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) and National Renewable Energy Action Plans. They also have the obligation to produce detailed action plans in specific sectors such as the renovation of buildings or the application of high-efficiency cogeneration and efficient district heating and cooling systems. Local and regional authorities are also developing plans at their own level and other public authorities play an important role too; national energy regulatory authorities for instance should provide incentives for grid operators (heat, cold, and electricity) to enable network users to produce renewable energies and implement energy efficiency measures.

EE-10-2015: Consumer engagement for sustainable energy. Residential use of energy is responsible for 28% of EU energy consumptio. The barriers to consumer energy saving have been known for more than 30 years but are still present, in particular split incentives (e.g. tenants vs. landlords), lack of information, high initial investment in energy-efficient equipment and habits of energy users. Likewise, while awareness of the existence of renewable energies has improved considerably in the last years, there is still a lack of understanding of how to use them in practice.

EE-14-2015: Removing market barriers to the uptake of efficient heating and cooling solutions. Action is needed to remove non-technological (including legislation) barriers to exploit the full potential of efficient heating and cooling solutions. This involves integrated planning and integration of heating/cooling into the territorial context; active participation of local administrations; adaptation and compatibility/connectivity with low energy building standards; inclusion of heating/cooling in building renovation strategies; and empowerment and involvement of consumers through innovative metering, billing and complaint handling processes.

EE-15-2015: Ensuring effective implementation of EU product efficiency legislation. By 2020 full implementation of the EU product efficiency legislation would be one of the most important contributions to the EU energy efficiency target. The Ecodesign Directive alone would yield yearly savings of up to 600 TWh of electricity and 600 TWh of heat in 2020, as well as net savings for European consumers and businesses of €90 billion per year – 1% of EU’s current GDP – in year 2020 (meaning net savings of €280 per household per year. Previous initiatives have demonstrated the usefulness of market surveillance activities. However to ensure full implementation of product efficiency legislation, it has also been proven that these activities should be improved.

EE-16-2015: Organisational innovation to increase energy efficiency in industry. Between 2000 and 2010, energy efficiency in industry has on average improved by 1.3% per year. However by using existing cost-effective energy solutions, the industry sector could further reduce its consumption by at least 13%, thus gain in competitiveness and save nearly 40 Mtoe a year. Obtaining larger savings in industry can also be achieved by introducing new affordable intelligent energy solutions that secures uptime in production chains.

EE-17-2015: Driving energy innovation through large buyer groups. Buyers of energy-related products can foster innovation by specifying energy performance levels that are higher than the best levels available on the market. The larger the group of buyers, the higher is the potential market and therefore the greater is the interest of manufacturers to meet these ambitious product specifications and deliver new more energy-efficient products. This market-transformation tool, commonly referred to as 'technology procurement', has been applied successfully to a few products such as copiers, electric motors and cold appliances but it could be applied to many more energy-related products if more buyers knew how to use it.

EE-19-2015: Improving the financeability and attractiveness of sustainable energy investments. Suboptimal level of investments in sustainable energy (in particular energy efficiency) is linked to a lack of trust of investors and financiers in the financial viability of sustainable energy measures, lack of capacity of the public and private sector in their structuring, split incentives (e.g. rental buildings), and the lack of large-scale successful flagship projects. New bank capital requirements have decreased banks´ lending capacity and willingness to invest in the sustainable energy sector, still deemed by many to be risky.

EE-21-2015: Development and market roll-out of innovative energy services and financial schemes for sustainable energy. The public sector has an exemplary role to play (in particular as regards the management of public assets) in addressing the market deficiencies by setting the stable regulatory environment and engaging in dialogue with the key stakeholders to improve the legal and financial framework and to put in place innovative financing schemes. However, the deployed public funds have to be matched and multiplied by the private sector capital, to address the financing gap. The energy services industry together with the financial sector also need to develop new business models in order to better monetise future energy savings and tackle new sectors to reach its potential turnover of some EUR 25 billion per year.

EE-09-2015: Empowering stakeholders to assist public authorities in the definition and implementation of sustainable energy policies and measures. While public authorities have an important role to play to develop energy efficiency policies and plans, the latter require the full involvement of private stakeholders and the civil society for their effective implementation. However there is a general lack of capacity and coordination among those stakeholders to guarantee their full involvement and to effectively convert policies and plans into concrete actions.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 40,80 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 10 June 2015 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals for Energy Efficiency - Market Uptake PDA (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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