EC Call For Proposal on clean coal technologies and carbon capture and storage in developing countries and emerging economies

The European Commission published a Communication in February 2005 entitled "Winning the Battle Against Climate Change"1. This communication outlined key elements for the EU's post-2012 strategy, which also called for stronger cooperation with third countries in order to tackle the climate change problem.

Following the publication of this Communication, EU Heads of State and Government at the European Spring Council in March 2005 and subsequent Environment Councils reiterated the need to cooperate strategically with third countries.

A number of key initiatives have therefore been taken up, including with OECD countries, such as the US, Canada, Japan and Australia, plus other United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Annex I countries such as the Russian Federation and Ukraine. In the developing world, climate change partnerships or dialogues have been developed with emerging economies such as India, China, and South Africa. The EC also interacts with a number of regional groupings on environment and climate change issues such as the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries and the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The overarching goal of the programme is to achieve greater environmental sustainability in the power sector in the following targeted countries: India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, South Africa, The Russian Federation and Ukraine.
More specifically, the objective of the call for proposals is to promote the use of the CCT and CCS
technologies in the beneficiary countries as well as to contribute to the strengthening of international expert networks and knowledge exchange in these fields.

Actions that will be supported are related to capacity building and studies on CCT and CCS targeting in particular coal dependent countries. The emphasis will be on promoting capacity-building through transnational organisation networks (industries, coal institutes, research centres, etc) between coaldependent countries, emerging economies and developing countries on the one side and EU countries on the other side, contributing so to the promotion of the respective technologies. However, exchanges with EU countries are not compulsory and actions may be undertaken between emerging countries or within a specific country. The different cooperation activities envisaged areexpected to transfer lessons learnt and suitable forms of governance, therefore, reducing the impact of some industries on the environment. Actions may target the coal power industry, the steel industry, the cement industry or any other energy intensive industry producing high levels of CO2 emissions.

Size of grants
  • Minimum amount: EUR 150,000
  • Maximum amount: EUR 500,000
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