26 March 2012

Sustainable Industry Low Carbon scheme programme

European funding programme: Sustainable Industry Low Carbon scheme
Call deadline: 25th June 2012

The objective of the call is to provide support to actions that will focus on manufacturing and process industries covered by the ETS so as to enable these to cope with the challenges of a low carbon economy and to maintain their competitiveness.

The SILC (Sustainable Industry Low Carbon) initiative aims to help sectors to achieve specific GHG emission intensity reductions in order to maintain their competitiveness.
The SILC scheme is intended as a practical, industry-based initiative at EU level which identifies, develops and deploys both technological and non-technological innovation measures. It is foreseen that the EU will co-finance up to 75% of the costs of the industry-led projects respectively.
The SILC initiative is implemented in two steps, SILC I (2011-2013) and SILC II (2014-2020).

This call concerns only SILC I which aims at finding technological and non-technological innovation measures to reduce the carbon-intensity for a wider range of sectors which can be implemented in the short term (i.e. immediate to 3 year horizon) and which do not require a further demonstration programme before their industrial implementation.

The call seeks for sector-specific or inter-sector industrial projects, each of them carried out by a consortium of industrial stakeholders (and/or possibly in partnership with public or private organisations) and jointly financed by the EU and the industrial stakeholders. It is envisaged that in these projects technological and/or non-technological innovation measures will be developed and deployed that are needed to achieve reductions in the specific GHG emission intensity, while maintaining the sector's competitive position and jobs.