The Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETPartnership) is a new transnational initiative (part of the European Partnerships under Horizon Europe) on joint Research, Technological Development, and Innovation (RTDI) programming to boost and accelerate the energy transition, building upon regional and national RTDI funding programmes.
The transition envisioned by the CETPartnership will be a joint effort from industry, public organisations, research, and citizen organisations to make Europe the front-runner in clean energy innovation and implementation.
The CETPartnership will foster transnational innovation ecosystems from the very local and regional level, up to the transnational European level, thus overcoming a fragmented European landscape. Moreover, it intends to reach out to collaboration with funding partners beyond Europe, in order to broaden the knowledge and experience bases and introduce European solutions and stakeholders to the global value chains.
The overarching aim is to empower the energy transition and contribute to the EU’s goal of becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
The common vision of the CETPartnership is already manifested in its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) that has been co-created in a broad engagement process during 2020.The SRIA was endorsed together with the European Commission (DG RTD and ENER) in November 2020. This articulates the common goal of:
Building innovation ecosystems that support capacity building at all levels
Developing and demonstrating technology and solutions for the transition of energy systems
Building a transnational transformative Joint Programming Platform
The CETPartnership aims to fund projects that develop applicative solutions and provide results for the clean energy transition. Most projects are expected to aim for solutions meeting medium to high technology readiness level (TRL 6-8) combining technologies, marked related solutions and stakeholder involvement.
Having a broad vision led the CETPartnership to identify seven challenges within the SRIA that the partnership shall focus on. These challenges have been transformed into Transition Initiatives (TRIs), each having a specific focus, thus bringing together different partners of the CETPartnership Consortium, willing to invest in that area. The Transition Initiatives are the main acting bodies, the key players of the CETPartnership, organising target group oriented stakeholder management and communication in the field, developing thematic modules for the annual joint calls and implementing accompanying activities on knowledge management and maximising impact.
The Transition Initiatives are as follows:
TRI 1: Integrated Net-zero emissions Energy System
TRI 2: Enhanced zero emission Power Technologies
TRI 3: Enabling Climate Neutrality with Storage Technologies, Renewable Fuels and CCU/CCS
TRI 4: Efficient zero emission Heating and Cooling solutions
TRI 5: Integration Regional Energy Systems
TRI 6: Integrated Industrial Energy Systems
TRI 7: Integration in the Built Environment
Furthermore, as per the eighth SRIA challenge; cross-cutting dimensions, beyond technology and resources, need to be considered to ensure robust transition pathways that are driven by a multidisciplinary perspective. Dimensions include transition pathways, regulations, circularity, digitalisation as well as policy and social aspects.