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EU Energy saving reference framework
Estimated EU contribution per project
max. € 5,000,000.00
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The scope of this action is to develop and deploy an EU Energy saving Reference Framework as a key tool to conserve electricity when there is an anticipated shortage of energy supply. Alerts are to be based on energy generation data and real time energy consumption. Clear messages are to guide consumers to adopt the right measures to ensure a good energy supply for all. For example, following an alert, consumers can voluntarily reduce their electricity consumption and thereby contribute to avoiding possible power blackouts.
The current context – Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the accompanying high inflation – compels us to accelerate the energy transition and save energy to ensure a sustainable, resilient, and fair economy. This entails making better use of the data that is generated all along the energy supply chain and to exploit the potential of digital technologies to reduce demand, eliminate wastage and reduce energy bills.
Smart meters and smart apps enable consumers to reduce and optimise their energy consumption and cut their energy bills. They provide greater consumer awareness and opportunities to monitor and control in real time the energy consumption of their appliances. Across the European Union, however, the functionality and availability of such meters and apps remain very fragmented.
The Digitalisation of Energy Action Plan adopted on 18 October 2022, sets out for the European Commission, working with Member States, to develop a common European reference framework, including an open-source reference implementation, for a consumer application that allows for voluntary reductions in energy consumption and thereby help reduce energy costs.
- An EU Energy saving Reference Framework that should lead to a standardised reference application that will be developed in close collaboration with energy providers and will draw from applications and services already available in the market.
- The deployment of the EU Energy saving Reference Framework across the Union in close collaboration with energy providers.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Island (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, Natural Person, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be:
- legal entities (public or private bodies)
- established in one of the eligible countries:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (together ‘DEP associated countries’, see list of participating countries)
Proposals must be submitted by minimum 3 independent applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.
Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
International organisations — International organisations are not eligible, unless they are International organisations of European Interest within the meaning of Article 2 of the Digital Europe Regulation (i.e. international organisations the majority of whose members are Member States or whose headquarters are in a Member State).
EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:
- Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
- Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
- detailed budget table/calculator: not applicable
- CVs of core project team: not applicable
- activity reports of last year: not applicable
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years, template available in part B)
Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B).