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Intelligent Energy Europe



Intelligent Energy Europe

Background & policy context: 

Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) offered a helping hand to organisations willing to improve energy sustainability. Launched in 2003 by the European Commission, the programme was part of a broad push to create an energy-intelligent future for us all. It supported EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU 2020 targets (20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of renewables in EU energy consumption).

IEE created better conditions for a more sustainable energy future in areas as varied as renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, industry, consumer products and transport.

The expectation was that by doing this, Europe would also boost its competitiveness, security of energy supply, and innovation standing for the years to come.

Running until 2013, the programme was open to all EU Member States, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. A budget of € 730 million was available to fund projects and put into place a range of European portals, facilities and initiatives.

Strategic Objectives: 

The IEE programme addresses the following objectives:

  • to promote sustainable development, security of supply;
  • to promote sustainable energy systems and equipment, to facilitate bringing efficient technologies to market and to accelerate their penetration of the marketplace;
  • to remove market barriers to the increased use of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources;
  • to ensure the effective utilisation of results from the programme, and the promotion and dissemination of know-how and best practices in these fields, including through the establishment of appropriate information, education and training structures;
  • to monitor the implementation and the impact of Community initiatives in these fields.
Programme organisation: 

Research in the IEE programme is structured into four fields:

  1. SAVE – this is concerned with the improvement of energy efficiency and the rational use of energy, most particularly in the building and industry sectors, including the preparation of legislation and its application;
  2. ALTENER – this is concerned with the promotion of new and renewable energy sources for production of electricity and heat (both centralised and decentralised) and their integration into the local environment and energy systems, again including the preparation of legislation and its application;
  3. STEER is specifically concerned with support for initiatives relating to all energy aspects of transport, including the diversification of fuels used, such as through new developing and renewable energy sources and the promotion of renewable fuels and energy efficiency in transport (including the preparation of legislation and its application);
  4. COOPENER, which supports initiatives relating to the promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in the developing countries, in particular within the framework of Community co-operation with such countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific.

The priorities of the IEE programme are defined in 17 Key Actions which are split into 12 Vertical Key Actions, which focus mainly on one of the four fields above and 5 Horizontal Key Actions, which are relevant to two fields or more.

Leading Institutions:

Type of funding:
Total Budget: 
EUR 730 Million
Participating countries: 
EU28, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Projects covered: 

Find the full list of transport related IEE project covered in TRIP below.

Project Profiles:
  1. Developing a network of actors to stimulate demand for locally produced biodiesel from used cooking oils
  2. A Direct Marketing Programme for Public Transport
  3. Addressing Key Challenges of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning
  4. Advanced Measures for Companies to Increase Public Transport Use of their Employees
  5. Advanced Training and Education for Safe Eco-driving of Clean Vehicles
  6. Advancing Sustainable Transport in Urban Areas To Promote Energy Efficiency
  7. Attaining Energy Efficient Mobility in an Ageing Society
  8. Auditing and Certification Scheme to Increase the Quality of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Cities
  9. Biofuels and Electric Propulsion Creating Sustainable Transport in Tourism Resorts
  10. Biofuels in Motion Information, Motivation and Conversion Strategies for Biofuels with Consideration of the Special Regional Structures
  11. Boosting Urban Mobility Plans
  12. Changing Habits for Urban Mobility Solutions
  13. Clean Drive - A campaign for Cleaner Vehicles in Europe
  14. Clean Last mile transport and logistics management for smart and Efficient local Governments in Europe
  15. Creating liveable neighbourhoods while lowering transport energy consumption
  16. Creating Liveable Neighbourhoods while Lowering Transport Energy Consumption
  17. Creating Optimal Mobility Measures to Enable Reduced Commuter Emissions
  18. Cyclelogistics ahead - A key step towards zero emission logistics in cities
  19. CYCLELOGISTICS Move goods by cycle
  20. Cycling Awareness Raising and MArketing
  21. Demonstration, Take-Up and Further Dissemination of Sustainable Integrated Planning Methods in European Cities
  22. Deriving effective least-cost policy strategies for ALTERnative autoMOTIVE concepts and alternative fuels
  23. e-learning for training Energy Agencies in mobility management and alternative fuels
  24. Easy and energy efficient from door to door Bike+Train+Bike
  25. ECO Stars Europe
  26. ECO trainEr For Fleet CommErcial truCks and lighT vehicles
  27. Ecodriving - Widespread Implementation for Learners and Licensed Drivers
  28. EcoMobility Scheme for Energy-Efficient Transport
  29. Electric City Transport Project
  30. Emotions for sustainable transport
  31. Empowering E-Fleets for Business and Private Purposes in Cities
  32. Empowerment of practitioners to achieve energy savings in urban transport
  33. Encouraging a SWITCH from car-based to active mobility using personalised information and communication technology approaches
  34. Encouraging active travel for short trips to improve health and the local economy
  35. Energy Agencies Training On Mobility In Union Member states
  36. Energy efficiency and environmental criteria in the awarding of regional rail transport vehicles and services
  37. Energy efficiency by using daily customers Quality observations to Improve public transport
  38. Energy efficiency by using daily customers Quality observations to Improve public transport
  39. ENergy efficiency in City LOgistics Services for small and mid-sized European Historic Towns
  40. Energy Efficiency through Web 2.0 Bicycle Navigation and Communication
  41. EPOMM - Partners Learning Urban Sustainability
  42. EU-wide establishment of enduring national and European support networks for sustainable urban mobility
  43. European Campaign on Improving Driving Behaviour, Energy Efficiency and Traffic Safety
  44. European Farmers and Foresters Involved for Contributing to an Intelligent Energy Network towards the Target of 20% reduction in fuel consumption
  45. Evidence of the Proven Economic Benefits of Sustainable Transport Initiatives to Facilitate Effective Integration in Urban Mobility Plans
  46. Family cycling for energy efficiency in urban leisure travel
  47. Fleet Environmental Action and Assessment
  48. Further implementation and improvement of cycling audits in EU cities and regions, training of certified auditors and continuous exchange of knowledge on cycling policy
  49. Go Pedelec!
  50. Green alternative postal vehicle project
  51. Improving seamless energy-efficient mobility chains for all
  52. Increasing peoples' awareness and use of public transport through active mobility consultancy with focus on feeder systems
  53. Information and awareness campaigns to enhance the effectiveness of investments and infrastructure measures for energy-efficient urban transport
  54. Integration of e-mobility in European municipalities and businesses
  55. International Cluster for Mobility Management Development and Research Dissemination
  56. INternational Transport and Energy Reduction ACTION - Energy efficiency equals cost efficiency: engaging sectoral organisations as champions and messengers to reduce energy use in freight transport
  57. Managing Energy Reduction through Cycling eXcellence
  58. Measures to Influence transport Demand to Achieve Sustainability
  59. Mobility Management for Business and Industrial Zones
  60. Mobility Management for Business and Industrial Zones
  61. Mobility Management for housing areas - from car-dependency to free choice
  62. More biking in small and medium sized towns of Central and Eastern Europe by 2020
  63. More Options for Energy Efficient Mobility through Car-Sharing
  64. Optimising Bike Sharing in European Cities
  65. Parking management and incentives as successful and proven strategies for energy-efficient urban transport
  66. Personalised Travel Planning for Cycling
  67. Polycentric Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
  68. Promoting Electric Bike Delivery
  69. Promoting Smart Mobility to Employees
  70. Promotion and Procurment of Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles
  71. Quality management tool for Urban Energy efficient Sustainable Transport
  72. Renewable energy from waste through gasification or incineration for heat, power or fuel production. A project on increased market-share through stakeholder group networks
  73. Rewarding and Recognition Schemes for Energy Conserving Driving, Vehicle procurement and maintenance
  74. SEGmented Marketing for ENergy efficient Transport
  75. Short-Term Actions to Re-organise Transport of goods
  76. Smart Choice for Commuters
  77. Socialisation towards clean and energy efficient transport
  78. Sustainable and Energy Efficient Mobility Options in Tourist Regions in Europe
  79. Sustainable MARketdriven Terminal Solutions for Efficient freight Transport
  80. Sustainable Planning & Innovation for biCYCLES
  81. Sustainable Tourism and Recreation as an Opportunity to Promote Alternative Mobility
  82. Sustainable Transport for Areas with Tourism through Energy Reduction
  83. Sustainable Travel Recognition and Accreditation for Schools
  84. T.aT. - Today and Tomorrow
  85. The energy efficiency improvement simulator
  86. Together on the Move
  87. Traffic Snake Game Network
  88. Training Programme for Local Energy Agencies and Actors in Transport and Sustainable Energy Actions
  89. TRAining programmes to INcrease Energy-efficiency by Railways
  90. Transport and Innovation Logistics by Local Authorities with a Zest for Efficiency and Realization
  91. VeloCittà
Contact Name: 
Mr Vincent Berruto
Executive Agency for Competitiveness & Innovation (EACI), now the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)
Place Rogier 16
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