The INTERREG North-West Europe (NWE) Programme is a transnational European Territorial Cooperation Programme funded by the European Union.
Seven countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Switzerland) have confirmed their participation in the future Interreg North-West Europe Programme.
While the preparation of the 2021-2027 programs is being finalized, the new INTERREG NWE program is already launching its first call for projects. For the 2021-2027 period, the program has set itself 5 priorities. The priority which particularly concerns Offshore Renewables is:
- Priority 2: ‘Energy transition’
- SO 2.1: Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- SO 2.2: Promoting renewable energy.Promoting renewable energy in accordance with Directive (EU) 2018/2001, including the sustainability criteria set out therein.
Priority 2. Energy transition – Specific Objective 2.2 – Promoting renewable energy.
Offshore renewables are mostly concern by the Priority 2 “Energy transition” and particuraly by the Specific Objective 2.2 Promoting renewable energy
Within this Specific Objective, the Programme aims to support projects that:
- Address barriers to improve the renewable energy production and consumption mix of the NWE region.
- Maximise their contribution to climate change mitigation, by implementing projects on different technologies (e.g., wind and solar power, bioenergy – biogas and bio-LPG – and use of biomass, hydropower, geothermal/heat -pump, as well as fuel cell/hydrogen technologies).
- Local/regional/national authorities, EGTCs, governmental agencies, public equivalent organisations (including agencies or para-public organisations) with responsibilities relating to energy and working on renewable energy production.
- Universities, public research centres, private research units, schools and higher education, training centres who are innovation drivers and can provide scientific insight and evidence to regional challenges.
- SMEs and business support organisations who are economic drivers in the region with high potential for innovation. They can support the development of solutions and help drive behavioural change.
- Sectoral associations, NGOs, lobby organisations, citizens groups , acting as multipliers to their networks. They can gather data to influence policies and promote educational initiatives to raise awareness in this field.
Projects should implement a combination of activities, such as:
- Elaboration and implementation of joint strategies and/or action plans, for example to create and/or expand value-chains in the field of Renewable Energy Sources to diversify the renewable energy supply and maximize penetration of Renewable Energy Sources.
- Pilot actions for testing tools and/or solutions, for example, scalable and replicable solutions to facilitate the uptake of renewable energy in different economic sectors (e.g., heating and cooling, transport/mobility, dwelling, farming and agri-food, etc.).
- Capacity building and awareness raising activities, for example public awareness and acceptance campaigns, training schemes for workers and businesses in different key economic sectors, in rural, urban, and intermediate areas, and boosting energy entrepreneurship to harness compatible renewable energy resources locally available.
The combination of these activities may lead to results such as:
- Key principles of smart and just energy transition are embedded into territorial strategies and local initiatives, specifically focusing on promoting the production and use of energy from RES.
- Innovative technologies, solutions, products, and services increase the use and production of energy from RES. These are taken up and ensure the coherence between proposed approaches and local and/or regional needs.
- Citizens, consumers, local communities, and businesses are better empowered and engaged in the green energy transition.
Key dates in the call for project
- 22 March 2022 - Opening date for the 1st call
- 15 June 2022 - Deadline date for the 1st call