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EERA launches “SUPEERA” project to support the SET-Plan and the clean energy transition

The EU-funded project will foster the coordination of national research efforts and support innovation and policymaking in order to help the EU achieve its climate goals.

Climate Change and Environment

The European Commission under the leadership of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made climate action one of its top priorities, with the transition towards a clean energy society as a cornerstone. Research and innovation will play a central role for achieving this goal. In January 2020, the European Energy Research Alliance has launched the “SUPEERA” project (Support to the coordination of national research and innovation programmes in areas of activity of the European Energy Research Alliance) to support the implementation of a clean energy transition in Europe. Five of its member organisations from Denmark (DTU), France (CEA), Germany (KIT), Norway (SINTEF), and Finland (VTT) will support the activities. The European Commission funds the project with €1.67 million. Moving from fossil fuels to a clean energy system will be essential for making Europe climate-neutral by 2050. This transition will have to encompass societal, economic, political, and technological dimensions and requires effective cross-sectorial and collaborative actions. The Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) is a key framework to deliver on the technological part of the transition. It sets a roadmap up to the year 2030 and helps align research and innovation priorities between the European Commission, EU Member States and the private sector. The overarching objective of the SUPEERA project is to strengthen European cooperation in research and innovation in order to realise the objectives of the SET-Plan in the broader perspective of the clean energy transition. Connecting the dots: SUPEERA to ensure horizontal coordination and increase impact Since the SET-Plan is clustered to a large extent along technologies and does not provide a formal mechanism for using cross-cutting research capacities or pooling interdisciplinary activities, SUPEERA will improve the exchange of information between the different actors involved and foster joint actions. This will allow to create synergies, avoid overlap, increase impact, and use untapped potential. SUPEERA will also help better connect research and innovation, foster a stronger engagement of the EU-13 countries, and assess EU policies to allow for better policymaking. The main expected impact of the project is an accelerated, expanded, widened and better coordinated implementation of the targets defined in the SET-Plan. Four objectives In order to reach this goal, the project partners have set four main objectives: - Facilitate the coordination of the research community to support the execution of the SET-Plan towards the clean energy transition; - Accelerate innovation and the uptake of research results by industry; - Provide recommendations on research and innovation priorities and policy frameworks; - Support and promote the SET-Plan and the clean energy transition. The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) with its around 250 members provides a unique pool of expertise in low-carbon energy technologies and in addressing cross-sectoral and systemic challenges. The SUPEERA project materializes the central role EERA can naturally play in facilitating the convergence of national research efforts. The dedicated focus on EU Member States that are not fully integrated in the European energy research and innovation system yet will help mobilise further resources and foster alignment of activities.