The SUPEERA project is rooted in and supports the execution of the SET Plan by integrating it into the broader context of the Clean Energy Transition process. Since the project kicked off in January 2020, EERA aisbl with its linked third parties (CEA, DTU, KIT, VTT, SINTEF) has strived to “connect the dots” in order to achieve 4 main objectives:
1. Facilitate the coordination of the research community in support of the execution of the SET Plan towards the Clean Energy Transition
2. Accelerate innovation and uptake by the industry
3. Provide recommendation on R&I priorities and policy frameworks
4. Support and promote the SET-Plan and the Clean Energy Transition
Coming to its completion (June 2023), and aligned with these objectives, SUPEERA designed an implementation strategy that generated a series of added value results for both EERA community and policy makers at EU and national levels:
• Elaboration of a comprehensive Report that consolidates feedbacks from EERA Joint Programmes and ETIPs on the identified shortcomings and suggests improvement opportunities in the context of the revision of the SET Plan. The outcome of this exercise was the development of Operational and High-Level recommendations transmitted to the EC.
• Implementation of nine physical and online workshops in EU13 countries with the aim to have a better understanding of a rather low participation in the SET Plan and EU funded programmes and to facilitate their engagement and participation in these frameworks and funding schemes.
• Analysis of all 27 NECPs and identification of the common technological pathways. Setting up of a series of physical and online workshops to facilitate the discussion between research and industry stakeholders. Key outcomes of these exchanges enabled the development of a Collaboration Model – a strategic approach to disclose how key actors can interact and coordinate to accomplish predefined goals through targeted activities, including cross-sectorial aspects and different energy technologies. The final result is a development of two sets of recommendations aiming to: a) support the uptake of new technologies by the industry and, b) better feature cross-sectorial and systemic topics into policy making process. These indicators will
• Identification 19 indicators to measure progress towards a sustainable energy system with a focus on decarbonisation and competitiveness. An interaction approach was adopted between indicators, policies, and energy system modelling. These indicators measure the progress of energy transition by comparing the indicator value for different countries or comparing the indicator value today with the value in 2030 or 2050.
• Development of 13 Policy Briefs and organisation of 6 thematic webinars to provide research community with tailored recommendations on concrete research areas and industrial challenges stemming from topical EU policies. Enabling policymakers to gain insights into the research and innovation (R&I) challenges faced by the clean energy sector.
The main achievements relevant to the above results will be presented in the SUPEERA final event and be discussed with the EERA community in the form of three interactive sessions, featuring also the participation of external experts and project collaborators.