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CARNOT kicks off with first calls for proposals

The CARNOT programme, a European Commission multiannual framework programme (1998 to 2002) for technological actions promoting the clean and efficient use of solid fuels, recently launched its first calls for proposals.

The aim of CARNOT is to limit emissions, including carbon dioxide emissions, from industrial plants using solid fuels. The programme promotes the uptake of best available technologies at affordable costs and takes into account the main objectives of the European Commission's Energy Framework Programme.

This first call for proposals seeks measures to foster cooperation aimed to promote better market and technical information, including:

- Setting up of a documentation and data base on European installations for clean and efficient use of solid fuels;
- A brochure on CARNOT technology;
- A CARNOT 'Project File';
- The creation of a web site as a showcase for European Technology in the clean and efficient use of solid fuels;
- A video cassette on the contribution of clean coal technology's friendly image;
- Setting up of a 'One stop export shop' designed to promote clean coal technology and equipment on international markets;

Funding for these measures will be between 50 to 100 percent of their total cost.

The call also seeks proposals for measures to foster industrial strategic cooperation via:

- A field trip by Chinese industrialists to the EU;
- Field trips by European experts to international cooperation programmes;
- CARNOT workshops;
- CARNOT studies/workshops;
- A study of the size and type of existing electricity generating capacity using solid fuels within an enlarged EU;
- A study/workshop on the renovation options for plants utilising indigenous solid fuels in an enlarged European Union, taking into account environmental and economic factors;

The level of funding for these measures will be between 30 and 50 percent of their total cost.

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