Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) offers a helping hand to organisations willing to improve energy sustainability. Launched in 2003 by the European Commission, the programme is part of a broad push to create an energy-intelligent future for us all. IEE creates better conditions for a more sustainable energy future in areas as varied as renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, industry, consumer products and transport. Running until 2013, the programme is open to all EU Member States, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
There are three main objectives of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme:
- More energy efficiency
- More use of renewables
- Better transport and mobility.
Following these three objectives, IEE supports the EU's energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU2020 targets (20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of renewables in EU energy consumption).
The Intelligent Energy Europe programme has been running since 2003. It is now in its second programming period (2007-2013) during which it is a part of the European Union's Competitiveness and Innovation (CIP) Framework Programme.
Most parts of the IEE programme are run by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission. The ELENA financing facilities are run by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the KfW Group.