Innovative low-carbon technologies are vital for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a healthy environment for the next generations. However, promising technologies often fail to reach the market due to a lack of resources to demonstrate their capabilities on a large scale.

The EU will therefore invest a part of the revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) into low-carbon technology demonstration projects, through a new Innovation Fund.

A public consultation will be held in order for citizens to have their say on the design of this fund and help shape the future of low-carbon technology innovation in Europe.

Objective of the Consultation
– Provide the wide public and stakeholders with an opportunity to express their views on the elements relevant for the establishment of the Innovation Fund;
– Gather input (data and factual information, expert views) from industry, academia and other interested stakeholders on specific elements, such as key innovation challenges, expectations and financing needs of potential beneficiaries, that need to be considered when designing the Innovation Fund and ensure that all affected and interested stakeholders are represented.

How to Submit your Contribution
In the interests of transparency, the Commission asks organisations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission’s stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007). If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to register now.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Only responses received through the online questionnaire will be taken into account and included in the summary report. The online questionnaire will allow respondents to upload a document, such as a position paper. This document will be published together with the response.

Source: European Commission – Climate Action