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EU Opens Bidding for 1 Billion Euros from Clean Tech Fund

EU Opens Bidding for 1 Billion Euros from Clean Tech Fund

Friday, 3 July, 2020 - 11:45
FILE PHOTO: European Commission vice-president in charge of European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, speaks during a news conference on Green and Just Recovery at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2020. Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Clean technology projects are in line for a billion-euro slice of support from the European Union, which on Friday launched its flagship scheme for funding breakthrough low-carbon technologies.

The EU Innovation Fund will back emissions-cutting technologies such as floating wind farms, carbon capture technology and energy storage, which the EU is betting on to clean up tough-to-decarbonize sectors such as cement and steelmaking.

The aim is to encourage companies to invest in green technologies, by sharing the risk of taking on large first-of-a-kind projects.

“These large-scale investments will help restart the EU economy and create a green recovery that leads us to climate neutrality in 2050,” EU climate chief Frans Timmermans said.

The European Commission on Friday invited projects to bid for 1 billion euros (902.14 million pounds) in grants from the Innovation Fund, which is made up of EU carbon market revenues.

Further funding calls will follow over the next decade. The fund’s total size will depend on the development of the EU carbon price over the next decade. At current prices, it would be worth roughly 12 billion euros.

Waste-to-energy company Fortum Oslo Varme told Reuters it would apply for funds to install carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at its facility in Oslo, Norway, if the project does not secure sufficient support from the Norwegian government.

The cost of using CCS to reduce emissions is substantially higher than the price EU companies pay for their CO2 emissions, said, Jannicke Bjerkas, the company’s CCS director.

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