Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe

Political Background

EERA in the SET-Plan

The European Energy Research Alliance is the research pillar in the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). The SET-Plan is Europe’s technology response to the pressing challenges of meeting its targets on greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency over the coming decades. It provides a common vision, defines goals and ensures pan-European coordination.

EERA collaborates closely with the SET-Plan Steering Group, the European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs), the Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS) and further SET-Plan key stakeholders, among others:

Read more about the role of EERA in the SET-Plan.

Focused on Europe, open to the world

EERA includes 26 EU member states and 4 associated countries. Acknowledging the global nature of the climate challenge, EERA is committed to international collaboration to foster research, innovation and market adoption of low-carbon technologies globally, e.g. in the frame of

  • Mission Innovation
    Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 23 countries and the European Union to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation. Participating countries have committed to seek to double their governments’ clean energy research and development investments over five years, while encouraging greater levels of private sector investment in transformative clean energy technologies.
  • Paris Agreement
    The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
    The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

The EERA Joint Programmes are important points of contact for collaboration outside Europe. EERA members regularly represent the European scientific community globally, collaborating with international partners worldwide and contributing to the above-mentioned global initiatives.