The EU has launched a new round of calls for proposals including, among others, the uptake of nearly ‘zero energy’ building renovations, and quality and compliance in construction.
Interested RICS members could apply for grants supporting various activities and projects related to the EU’s energy-saving and carbon-emission objectives.
The new calls were announced on 20 December under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme (IEE). IEE is one of the main EU instruments to tackle non-technological barriers to the spread of efficient use of energy and greater use of new and renewable energy sources.
An amount of €67m will be allocated for projects across the following fields:
- Energy efficiency (SAVE), in particular in the building and industry sectors
- New and renewable energy resources (ALTENER)
- Energy in transport (STEER)
- Integrated initiatives combining several of the above specified fields
Grants are determined on the basis of proposals and peer review processes, which are highly competitive. The deadline for applications is 8 May 2012.
Taking part in European partnerships and EU-funded projects could be a great opportunity for our members. Apart from the direct financial benefits, RICS and its members could gain a lot in terms of know-how, networking, visibility and credibility.
Published 06 February 2012, RICS