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Fostering sustainable energy uptake along the whole value chain in industry and services (LIFE)

Fostering sustainable energy uptake along the whole value chain in industry and services (LIFE) - Κεντρική Εικόνα




In 2018, the industry and services sectors made up about 40% of the total EU-27 final energy consumption (respectively accounting for 26% and 14%). As highlighted in the European Green Deal, the achievement of climate-neutrality by 2050 will require a full mobilisation and deeper cooperation among all players operating across the different value chains. Companies tend to focus their efforts on energy consumptions related to their own activities, which excludes those of their value chain (i.e. all delivery technologies, products and services contributing to the final product). 

The objective of this topic is to engage companies to embrace a more holistic approach in order to better take into account the risks associated to high energy intensity in the supply chain (e.g. exposure to energy prices, image, litigation, etc.), and to make it more sustainable and resilient. This paradigm shift can further unlock the market potential for sustainable solutions while enabling to benchmark the entire lifecycle impacts (e.g. water consumption, CO2 emissions, soil impacts, etc.) of industrial and service processes. In this regard, large companies can play a crucial role to support SMEs, which operate in their supply chain, to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.



The scope of this topic is to establish collaborations between SMEs and larger companies, operating in the same value chain, in order to ensure that energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy sources are maximised at each step of the process, in line with the EU strategy on energy system integration and more in general with the EU Green Deal and the EU industrial strategy. Proposals are expected to develop, test and validate innovative business models and approaches fostering collaboration among companies within one or several specific value chains in the industry and service sectors. 

Proposals should clearly describe these models and approaches, their relevance and added value for the targeted value chains. Business cases should be produced based on the real interaction and experiences gained among the relevant actors during the timeframe of the project. A detailed exploitation strategy should be provided in order to effectively roll out the project results to the relevant value chains across the EU. 

Additionally, benchmarking mechanisms and monitoring systems focusing on the energy use at value chain level could be developed, in order to avoid shifting carbon emissions from one level to another of the value chain; such benchmarks should focus specifically on energy and not on a broader GHG approach. In this regard, proposals are expected to provide policy recommendations to further improve the collection, transparency and accessibility of companies’ energy use data in order to support the development of reporting standards to monitor progress towards the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate and energy objectives. 

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 2 million would allow the specific objectives to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.


Proposals are expected to demonstrate the impacts listed below: 

• Development and implementation of economically viable business models at value chain level, ready to be rolled out on the market 
• Number of companies and value chains involved in the implementation of the business models and business cases
• Data evidence on value chain energy use made available to relevant market actors 
• Development of innovative benchmarking and monitoring systems for whole energy use at value chain level 
• Improvement of standards, governance and regulatory frameworks to support the integration of energy efficiency and renewable energy at value chain level 
• Replicable use cases demonstrating value chain solutions implementing energy efficiency measures and integrating renewable energy 
• Primary energy savings/Renewable energy generation triggered by the project (in GWh/year) • Investments in sustainable energy triggered by the project (cumulative, in million Euro)


Link with CMA Goals 

Goal II: A competitive, innovative and sustainable blue economy for the Black Sea / Priority 1: Foster innovative business models, stimulate research and innovation, and sustainable growth and up-to-date jobs

Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine
LIFE Programme
Sector of activity: 
Capacity Building, Energy, Renewable Energy