The European Commission has published the Scoping Paper for the Societal Challenge 3 'Secure, clean and efficient energy' 2018-2020 Work Programme.
The paper is based on the priorities set out in the New Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy for the Energy Union and takes into account the work of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Energy, as well as contributions submitted to a range of public consultations launched earlier in the year, including one on the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap and the 10 key actions.
It confirms that the Energy Challenge Work Programme 2018-2020 will support the creation of the Energy Union and in particular its research, innovation and competitiveness dimension, which was unveiled by the Commission at the end of November. It identifies priorities for the final three years of Horizon 2020 to be translated into four specific calls:
- Global leadership in renewable energy technologies;
- Smart citizen-centred energy system;
- Efficient energy use; and
- Decarbonisation of fossil fuels.
The scoping papers are working documents not formally endorsed by the Commission; the adoption and publication of the 2018-2020 Work Programme is expected in October 2017.