About E2B and the EeB PPP

PPPs boost innovation in key industries

Public-Private Partnerships launched by the EU as part of its European Economic Recovery Plan are funding research and innovation to revitalise the European manufacturing, construction and automotive sectors. Progress to date shows that the scheme is on course to achieve its goals.

The Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) PPP provides a financial envelope of EUR 1 billion to boost the construction sector by researching methods and technologies to slash the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of new and renovated buildings.

The construction sector accounts for 16.4 million jobs or 30 % of industrial employment in the EU. Its close to 3 million enterprises, 95 % of which are SMEs, generate about 10 % of the EUs GDP.

At the same time, construction is a major contributor to the emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG). At present, building activities, together with the transport of building materials and products, account for around 40 % of all energy consumption in Europe giving rise to 36 % of the CO2 emissions. In March 2007, the European Council set clear goals for 2020: increase energy efficiency to achieve a reduction of 20 % of total energy use (below 2005 levels); 20 % contribution of renewable energies to total energy use; and 20 % reduction of GHG below 1990 emissions.

EeB involves financial support from the NMP (Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production technologies), ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), Energy, and Environment (including Climate Change) Themes of FP7.

The first EeB Call for Proposals launched in July 2009 for a total of EUR 65 million proved very successful in meeting the PPP objectives. The 60 proposals received involved partners from 24 countries. Industry receives around 48 % of the funding allocated to the selected projects, with SMEs representing 30 % of the funds. With a success rate of 28 %, the 17 proposals retained for funding cover the areas of nanotechnology-based insulation systems, energy efficiency at district level and for buildings and spaces of public use, and the retrofitting of buildings, in particular those in our cultural heritage.