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Intelligent Energy - Europe II Programme (2012)
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2012. május 8.
Feltöltve:  2012. február 14., 16:21:38
Szakmai terület:  Környezetvédelem (8)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  [ec.europa.eu]

THE INTELLIGENT ENERGY – EUROPE PROGRAMME

The objective of the Intelligent Energy - Europe II Programme (“IEE II”) is to contribute to secure, sustainable and competitively priced energy for Europe, by providing for action

  • to foster energy efficiency and the rational use of energy resources;
  • to promote new and renewable energy sources and to support energy diversification;
  • to promote energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energy sources in transport.

The Programme in particular contributes to the EU Energy 2020 Strategy, and facilitates the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011and of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable source Intelligent Energy – Europe builds on the experience gained from its predecessor, the first Intelligent Energy - Europe (2003-2006) Programme

This Programme has become the main EU instrument to tackle non-technological barriers to the spread of efficient use of energy and greater use of new and renewable energy sources. From 2007, Intelligent Energy – Europe has been included in the overall Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

The Programme is managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation under powers delegated by the European Commission. In operational terms the Intelligent Energy - Europe Programme aims to:

  1. provide the elements necessary for the improvement of sustainability, the development of the potential of cities and regions, as well as for the preparation of the legislative measures needed to attain the related strategic objectives; develop the means and instruments to follow up, monitor and evaluate the impact of the measures adopted by the EU and its Member States in the fields addressed by the Programme;
  2. boost investment across Member States in new and best performing technologies in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy diversification, including in transport, by bridging the gap between the successful demonstration of innovative technologies and their effective, broad market uptake in order to attain leverage of public and private sector investment, promote key strategic technologies, bring down costs, increase market experience and contribute to reducing the financial risks and other perceived risks and barriers that hinder this type of investment;
  3. remove the non-technological barriers to efficient and intelligent patterns of energy production and consumption by promoting institutional capacity building at, inter alia, local and regional level, by raising awareness, notably through the educational system, by encouraging exchanges of experience and know-how among the main players concerned, business and citizens in general and by stimulating the spread of best practices and best available technologies, notably by means of their promotion at EU level.

Intelligent Energy - Europe covers action in the following fields:

Energy efficiency and rational use of energy resources (SAVE), including:

  • improving energy efficiency and the rational use of energy, in particular in the building and industry sectors;
  • supporting the preparation and application of legislative measures.

New and renewable energy resources (ALTENER), including:

  • promoting new and renewable energy sources for centralised and decentralised production of electricity, heat and cooling, and thus supporting the diversification of energy sources;
  • integrating new and renewable energy sources into the local environment and the energy systems;
  • supporting the preparation and application of legislative measures.

Energy in transport (STEER) to promote energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energies sources in transport, including

  • supporting initiatives relating to all energy aspects of transport and the diversification of fuels;
  • promoting renewable fuels and energy efficiency in transport;
  • supporting the preparation and application of legislative measures.

Integrated initiatives combining several of the above specific fields or relating to certain EU priorities.

They may include actions integrating energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in several sectors of the economy and/or combining various instruments, tools and actors within the same action or project. Actions supported in the framework of the IEE II programme have a significant impact at European level, a high profile and the broadest possible relevance to European citizens and policies. In this context, preference is given to proposals of outstanding quality that present cost-effective arrangements and a significant dimension.

The above fields, objectives, and instruments are valid for the whole Programme duration, i.e. from 2007 to 2013. However each annual work programme sets a number of more specific, action-related objectives. Those relative to the call for proposals 2012 have been set in the annual work programme 2012, adopted by the European Commission on 20 December 2011. They are summarised hereafter.

It is expected that this call for proposals will result in about 60 projects being supported.

PRIORITIES AND TYPES OF ACTION FOR 2012

The 2012 priorities are summarised below.

In order to assess the impact of each project, the following main indicators will be used:

  • Investments made by European stakeholders in sustainable energy triggered by the project (measurement unit: EUR).
  • Cumulative renewable energy production triggered by the project (measurement unit: toe/year).
  • Cumulative energy savings triggered by the project (measurement unit: toe/year).
  • Cumulative reductions of greenhouse gas emissions triggered by the project (measurement unit: tCO2e/year).

SAVE: Energy efficiency (indicative budget: EUR 15 million)

Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of European energy policy. It is by far the most effective way to improve the security of energy supply, to reduce carbon emissions and to foster competitiveness. Activities funded under SAVE aim to tap the large potential for energy savings by improving energy efficiency and the rational use of energy resources, in particular in buildings, products and industry.

Activities to promote energy efficiency in transport are covered separately under STEER.

Activities under SAVE may facilitate implementation of the EU legislation relating to energy efficiency, support preparation of new legislative measures and influence energy behaviour, so that society uses less energy while enjoying the same or an even better quality of life.

Latest policy developments such as the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011and the proposal for a Directive on Energy Efficiency formed the basis for the proposed priorities.

In 2012 SAVE will cover the three following Key Actions:

  • Industrial excellence in energy: for actions to increase the competitiveness of European small and medium size enterprises (SME's) by empowering them to save energy.
  • Consumer behaviour: for actions to help transform the market towards more energy-efficient products and systems, and change the behaviour of consumers.
  • Energy Services: for actions to increase market transparency and confidence for all market actors, to develop the energy services market for small consumers and to empower households to ensure the effectiveness of smart meters

ALTENER: New and renewable energy resources (indicative budget: EUR 11.5 million)

Renewable energy sources (RES) can provide a wide range of sustainable energy services. Renewable energy can be produced locally within the EU, delivering secure supplies of electricity, heating and cooling and energy for transport without additional greenhouse gas emissions or negative effects on climate change. RES are becoming more competitive. Policies supporting use of RES are making manufacture and supply of RE technologies and production of bioenergy sources (solid, gaseous and liquid) more attractive as business opportunities. Action supported under ALTENER should build on existing EU policies and legislation and help to increase use of RES in the EU.

The RES Directive (2009) sets an overall binding target of a 20% share of renewable energy sources in energy consumption by 2020 with binding national targets in line with the overall EU target of 20% and a 10% binding minimum target for renewable fuels in transport to be achieved by each Member State.

Details of how these targets will be achieved in each Member State are given in National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs).

The RES Directive makes recommendations for specific action to be taken by the public and private sectors across the EU and puts in place a number of legal obligations, which require the Member States to implement policies and support measures aiming to increase use of renewable energy sources at national, regional and local levels.

Grid infrastructure development will be a key factor for further deployment of renewable energy plants in Europe, both small and large-scale, onshore and offshore. Apart from a strong increase in small decentralised production, large-scale projects making massive use of renewable resources — wind energy in the northern seas, solar in the south, hydro in the centre and the north — will be needed.

ALTENER focuses on non-technological actions contributing to the implementation of the RES Directive and on accelerating the growth of renewable energy markets to meet the EU 2020 target.

ALTENER projects may include one or more of the following Key Actions:

  • Electricity from renewable energy sources (RES-e): for actions to increase the share of renewable electricity in Europe’s final energy consumption.
  • Bioenergy: for actions promoting increased production and use of biomass, bio-liquids and biogas in energy markets.

STEER: Energy in transport (indicative budget: EUR 12.5 million)

Transport is the fastest growing sector in terms of energy use. It is therefore essential to tap the potential for energy-efficiency gains in this sector. Transport plays a central role in the European economy and accounts for almost 20% of total gross energy consumption in Europe. 98% of the energy consumed in this sector is fossil fuel. Investments in the economically recovering new Member States in particular offer significant opportunities to promote a shift towards low-carbon transport and a new, more sustainable mobility culture.

STEER supports projects which promote, build on and/or implement the existing EU policy and legislative frameworks for energy efficiency and renewable or alternative fuels in transport. The European Commission's recent White Paper 'Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system'sets out its vision of a future transport system, which reaches the 60% GHG emission reduction target and facilitates clean urban transport and commuting.

STEER takes into account the recommendations made in the EU Energy Efficiency Plan, in the Green Paper ‘Towards a new culture for urban mobility’, in the Action Plan on Urban Mobility, in the Freight Transport Logistics Action Plan, and in the Strategy on Clean and Energy-Efficient Vehicles.

In addition, STEER considers relevant legislation such as the Directive on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles and the regulatory framework setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles. Projects should build on triedand-tested strategies and technologies and aim to achieve energy savings by removing the nontechnological market barriers to wider application thereof.

Priority will be given to projects which go beyond raising the awareness of individual citizens, householders and decision-makers and actually achieve measurable changes in behaviour. Projects should deliver and apply existing knowledge in a convincing and motivating way to the relevant target groups.

They must contribute to wider dissemination and use of proven, transferable strategies and technologies. Transport of goods and people are both addressed. However, action aiming specifically to shift freight from road to short-sea shipping, rail and inland waterways, which can be supported by the Marco Polo II Programme, will not be funded.

In 2012 STEER will cover the two following Key Actions:

  • Energy-efficient transport: for actions to reduce the demand for travel by car and transport by road freight, and to shift travel and transport to more efficient transport modes.
  • Clean and energy-efficient vehicles: for actions to help transform the market towards more energy-efficient vehicles, supporting and complementing the recent legislation in this area.

The Key Action on Capacity-building and learning on energy aspects of transport is closed.

Integrated Initiatives (indicative budget: EUR 27 million)

Action combining several of the specific fields (SAVE, ALTENER and STEER) or relating to certain EU priorities may include:

  1. integrating energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in several sectors of the economy;
  2. combining various instruments, tools and actors within the same action or project.

For the work programme 2012 the following five integrated initiatives are proposed:

  1. Energy-efficient public spending initiative: new initiative, responding to the emphasis set by the Energy Efficiency Plan on the spending of public bodies (integrated initiative relevant to both SAVE and STEER)
  2. Local energy leadership: targeted capacity building of multipliers in relation to sustainable energy action plans, continuation from previous years (SAVE, ALTENER, STEER)
  3. Mobilising local energy investment: technical assistance for public bodies to prepare bankable sustainable energy projects (SAVE, ALTENER, STEER)
  4. Energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings: energy performance certificates, nearlyzero energy renovations and compliances are the keywords of this year's priorities (SAVE and ALTENER).
  5. Build Up Skills: last opportunity for setting up national qualification platforms and roadmaps (Pillar I) and first opportunities to submit proposals for concrete qualification schemes (Pillar II).

BUDGET, FUNDING RATES AND ELIGIBILITY OF COSTS

The indicative total amount available for this call is about EUR 67 million. The European Commission, through the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), plans to grant funds which are complementary to contributions made by the beneficiary, the national, regional or local authorities and/or other bodies. The sources of co-funding must be transparent and stated in such a way that they are clearly identifiable and accountable.

Accordingly, the amount granted will be up to 75% of the total eligible costs (except for the projects funded under the Build Up Skills Initiative)

The EU contribution to reimburse eligible costs must not give rise to a profit. Contributions in kind are not eligible costs. One action may give rise to the award of only one grant from the EU budget to any one beneficiary. Action which receives financial support for the same purpose from other EU financial instruments will not receive funding from the IEE II Programme.

Eligible costs can be incurred only after signature of the grant agreement by all the parties, save in exceptional cases, and under no circumstances before submission of the application for a grant.

The maximum duration of a project is 36 months.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The eligibility criteria will be checked by the EACI on receipt of the proposals. Failure to comply with these criteria will result in the proposal not being evaluated further.

Which organisations and countries are eligible?

All applicants must be legal entities, whether public or private, established in the territory of the EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia, or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. A grant agreement with legal entities established in other countries will only be signed under the condition that the country has undertaken the necessary steps to join the IEE II programme. Up-to-date information on which countries are part of the programme is available on the programme website (see chapter 8).

The IEE II programme is also open to the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). It is also open to international organisations – subject to the conditions set out above. They may, if necessary, receive funding. If one of the participants is the JRC or an international organisation, it is deemed to be established in a Member State or associated country other than any Member State or associated country in which another participant in the same action is established.

Local and regional energy agencies which were established with and are still beneficiaries of EU contributions from the IEE II Programme are eligible to participate in IEE II projects (a) if they provide evidence that their resources are sufficient to cover the additional activities and that those additional activities do not overlap with the work programme of their existing IEE II grant agreement or (b) if the submission deadline for the call for proposals lies at least 24 months after the starting date of their activities, as specified in the relevant grant agreement.

Applicants that do not have legal personality may apply for grants provided that the representatives of these applicants prove that they have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on behalf of the applicant and provided that they offer financial guarantees equivalent to those provided by legal entities.

“Legal entity” means any entity created under the national law of its place of establishment, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which, acting under its own name, may exercise rights and be subject to obligations.

"International organisations" means legal entities arising from an association of States, other than the EU, established on the basis of a treaty or similar act, having common institutions and an international legal personality distinct from that of its Member States.

Natural persons are not eligible.

How many applicants are required?

For the main call, applications must be submitted by a team of at least three independent, legal entities, each established in a different eligible country (see section 3.1).

Specific provisions for Build Up Skills and MLEI - Project Development Assistance

a) Build Up Skills (see section 10.4.5)

  • How many applicants are required?:
    • Pillar I actions: applications must be submitted by a team of independent legal entities, established in the same eligible country.
    • Pillar II actions: applications can be submitted either by a team of independent legal entities established in the same eligible country or by a team of independent legal entities from different eligible countries.
  • Funding rates:
    • Pillar I actions: EU funding can be up to 90% of the total eligible costs.
    • Pillar II action: EU funding can be up to 75% of the total eligible costs.

b) Mobilising Local Energy Investments - Project Development Assistance (PDA), see section 10.4.3)

  • Specific eligibility criteria:
    1. How many applicants are required?: Proposals must be submitted by one or more legal entities, each established in an eligible country.
    2. Proposals must be coordinated by a local or regional public authority (municipality, city, province, region), or by another public body
    3. Grants for project development assistance within this priority must lead to investments with a minimum leverage factor of 15 (each Euro of project development assistance costs must lead to investments in renewable energy sources and/or energy efficiency measures of at least EUR 15).
    4. Proposals must involve minimum project development assistance costs of EUR 400 000, leading to a minimum investment of EUR 6 000 000 in renewable energy sources and/or energy efficiency measures or in justified cases EUR 200 000, leading to a minimum investment of EUR 3 000 000.
  • Other specific provisions:
    1. IEE II grants for project development assistance will only be paid in full if planned investments are launched or relevant investment contracts are signed before the end of the project period, up to 36 months from the signature of the contract. In the event of failure to deliver the planned investments, the EU contribution will have to be reimbursed by the beneficiary, although some costs may be eligible for support if adequately justified.
    2. Performance indicators must include measurable results in terms of energy saved (toe/year), RES supply increased (toe/year), greenhouse gas emissions reduced (tCO2e/year), investments mobilised (EUR), and if possible local jobs created.

‘Public body’ means a body created by a public authority or a legal entity governed by private law with a public service mission, financed totally or to a large extent (i.e. more than 50%) by public sources, whose internal procedures and accounts are subject to control by a public authority and for whose liabilities a public authority will accept responsibility in the event that the public body ceases its activitiesIntelligent Energy – Europe Call for Proposals 2012 7/30

Themes and funding priorities

All priorities mentioned in chapter 10 are open for submission of proposals.

Exceptionally, and if properly justified, proposals that meet the eligibility and selection criteria but do not directly respond to the priorities defined in the Call may also be considered.

Submission

Proposals must be submitted by the closing date and time (see chapter 7), using the online application system and the templates provided therein and must be complete.

Grounds for exclusion

Applications will not be considered for a grant if the applicants are in any of the following situations:

  1. they are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities, are the subject of proceedings concerning those matters, or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations;
  2. they have been convicted of an offence concerning professional conduct by a judgment which has the force of res judicata;
  3. they have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authority can justify;
  4. they have not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which they are established or with those of the country of the contracting authority or those of the country where the contract is to be performed;
  5. they have been the subject of a judgment which has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation or any other illegal activity detrimental to the European Union's financial interests;
  6. they are currently subject to an administrative penalty referred to in Article 96(1) of the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Union
  7. they are faced with a conflict of interest;
  8. they are guilty of misrepresentation in supplying the information required by the contracting authority as a condition of participation in the procedure or fail to supply this information.

The cases referred to in point 3.6 (e) cover:

  • cases of fraud as referred to in Article 1 of the Convention on the protection of the European Union's financial interests, drawn up by the Council Act of 26 July 1995
  • cases of corruption as referred to in Article 3 of the Convention on the fight against corruption involving officials of the European Union or officials of Member States of the European Union, drawn up by the Council Act of 26 May 1997
  • cases of money laundering as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EECApplicants shall supply evidence that they exist as legal entities and that they are not in one of the above-listed situations. For that purpose, applicants shall submit a declaration on their honour as part of the application forms.

Administrative and financial penalties

Candidates who have made false declarations, have submitted substantial errors, irregularities or fraud, may be subject to financial penalties representing 2% to 10% of the total estimated value of the contract being awarded. Contractors who have been found in serious breach of their contractual obligations may be subject to financial penalties representing 2% to 10% of the total value of the contract in question. The rate may be increased to 4% to 20% in the event of a repeat infringement within five years of the date on which the infringement is established as confirmed following an adversarial procedure with the contractor.

Without prejudice to the application of penalties laid down in the contract, candidates and contractors who have made false declarations, have made substantial errors or committed irregularities or fraud, or have been found in serious breach of their contractual obligations may also be excluded from all contracts and grants financed by the EU budget for a maximum of five years from the date on which the infringement is established as confirmed following and adversarial procedure with the contractor. That period may be extended to ten years in the event of a repeated offence within five years of the date referred to in the first subparagraph.

The Commission uses an internal information tool (Early Warning System, EWS) to flag identified risks related to beneficiaries of centrally managed contracts and grants with a view to protecting the EU's financial interests.Furthermore, the Commission manages a Central Exclusion Database (CED) which registers all the entities that may be excluded from participation to any grant or procurement procedure allocating EU Funds, in accordance with the Financial Regulation applicable to the General Budget of the European Union. This Central Exclusion Database is accessible by all authorities entitled to allocate EU Funds.

Grant applicants and, if they are legal entities, persons who have powers of representation, decisionmaking or control over them, are informed that, should they be in one of the situations mentioned in:

  • the Commission Decision of 16.12.2008 on the Early Warning System (EWS) for the use of authorising officers of the Commission and the executive agencies (OJ, L 344, 20.12.2008, p. 125), or
  • the Commission Regulation of 17.12.2008 on the Central Exclusion Database – CED (OJ L 344, 20.12.2008, p. 12), their personal details (name, given name if natural person, address, legal form, registration number and name and given name of the persons with powers of representation, decision-making or control, if legal person) may be registered in the EWS only or both in the EWS and CED by the Accounting Officer of the Commission, and communicated to the persons and entities listed in the above-mentioned Decision and Regulation, in relation to the award or the execution of a procurement contract or a grant agreement or decision. EWS and the CED are managed by the Accounting Officer of the Commission to whom legal entities may exercise their rights as laid down in the Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (OJ L8,12.1.2001).

SELECTION CRITERIA

The applicants must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period during which the action is being carried out and to participate in its funding. The applicants must have the professional skills and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.

The selection criteria will be assessed as a first step by the evaluation committee. Failure to comply with these criteria will result in the proposal not being evaluated further. Applicants may be asked to provide additional proof or to clarify the supporting documents related to the selection criteria within a specific time limit.

Financial capacity of applicants

Applicants must show that they have the financial capacity and operational capability to complete the action to be supported. Unless they are a public body or an international organisation, they must complete a ‘Simplified Financial Statement’ Form and provide their annual financial statements comprised of the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement and any annexes to those for the last financial year for which the accounts have been closed (details available with the Guide for Proposers and Application Forms). On the basis of these documents the EACI performs a financial viability check, upon which the EACI might ask for a financial guarantee in line with Article 118 of the Financial Regulation and Article 182(1) of the rules implementing the Financial Regulation. In accordance with Article 114 of the Financial Regulation and Article 173(4) of the rules implementing the Financial Regulation, if the application concerns grants for action which exceed EUR 500 000, an audit report produced by an approved external auditor must be submitted. That report must certify the accounts for the last financial year available. In the case of agreements with a number of beneficiaries this threshold will apply to each individual beneficiary.

Technical capacity of applicants

Applicants must have the technical capacity and operational capability to complete the action to be supported and should provide supporting documents. Guidance on the supporting documents required (e.g. CVs of those responsible for carrying out the action, description of projects and activities undertaken in the last three years, etc.) can be found in the Guide for Proposers.

AWARD CRITERIA

The Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation will base its selection of actions and the rate of EU co-financing on the written presentation. The actions will be evaluated against each award criterion which will carry equal weighting within the overall assessment. Within the general conclusions, the evaluation will provide a qualitative judgment on the overall value for money, comparing the outcomes based on the award criteria with the costs and efforts involved.

If a proposal is to be classified as worth funding, the grand total of the marks for all the award criteria should be at least 70% of the maximum total score. In addition, a mark of over 50% will be required for each criterion. Proposals that pass these thresholds will be considered for funding. A ranking will be established by the Evaluation Committee and approved by the authorising officer.

Funding decisions will be made on the basis of this ranking and within the limits of the available budget.

Proposals with an identical score next to the cut-off limit of the available budget will be sub-ranked, taking into account the indicative distribution of the 2012 budget by field, as indicated in the Work Programme 2012. A limited number of proposals may be placed on a reserve list, following the subranking. Intelligent Energy – Europe Call for Proposals 2012

The following five criteria apply to project proposals

  1. Relevance of the proposed action (score 0-10), including:
    1. extent to which the proposed action is consistent with the IEE II Call priorities;
    2. extent to which the proposed action responds to important user needs and market barriers;
    3. extent to which the proposed action complements other related activities.
  2. Quality of implementation methodology (score 0-10), including:
    1. suitability of the proposed approach and extent to which the proposed action engages the target groups and stakeholders;
    2. clarity of the work packages, project planning and suitability of performance monitoring;
    3. quality of communication plan for the uptake of solution(s).
  3. Ambition and credibility of the impacts of the proposed action (score 0-10), including:
    1. services / outcomes produced by the action (deliverables, hours of training, etc.);
    2. impact within and beyond the project lifetime assessed with specific, measurable, accepted, realistic and time-dependent (SMART) indicators;
    3. sustainability of the solutions offered by the proposed action beyond the project lifetime.
  4. EU added value (score 0-10), including:
    1. evidence that collaboration / team working across national borders will lead to greater benefits than separate actions at national / local level in the same countries
    2. appropriate geographical focus of the proposed action including learning and exchanges among stakeholders;
    3. transferability of the solutions offered by the proposed action.
  5. Resources allocated to the proposed action (score 0-10), including:
    1. management and composition of the team, balance of skills, experience, and responsibilities;
    2. appropriate levels of hours per partner and per work package;
    3. justification of costs (sub-contracts, travel costs, and other specific costs) and co-financing.

Specific provision for the Build Up Skills - Pillar I and II:

The following four award criteria will carry equal weighting within the overall assessment.

1. Relevance of the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

Pillar I Pillar II
1.a Extent to which the proposed action is consistent with the objectives of the Build Up Skills Initiative
1.b Extent to which the proposed action builds on existing national training frameworks and initiatives and takes into account existing policy initiatives in the energy and building fields 1.b Extent to which the proposed action builds on existing national training frameworks and initiatives and on national roadmaps

2. Capability of the proposed action to mobilise the relevant market actors (score 0-10), including:

Pillar I  Pillar II
2.a Extent to which the proposed action effectively engages the relevant market actors (e.g. industries, public authorities, chambers of commerce, trade associations) in the Member State, as regards drawing up the roadmap and setting up the platform 2.a Extent to which the proposed action effectively engages the relevant market actors in the elaboration, implementation and promotion of an effective qualification scheme

2.b Extent to which the proposed action ensures that the national roadmap is endorsed by the relevant actors (e.g. national or regional authorities) at the end of the process
2.b Ambition and credibility of the impacts of the proposed action

3. Quality of implementation methodology (score 0-10), including:

Pillar I  Pillar II
3.a Suitability of the proposed approach to drawing up the roadmap and its associated implementation plan 3.a Suitability of the proposed approach to successfully establish a lasting qualification scheme
3.b Clarity of the work plan (description of work packages and tasks, allocation of responsibilities, time schedules).

4. Consortium composition and resources allocated to the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

Pillar I Pillar II
4.a Extent to which the consortium includes essential skills, such as moderating and communicating, lifelong learning and energy expertise; 4.a Extent to which the consortium includes essential skills, such as lifelong learning, technical as well as communicating expertise;

4.b Appropriate levels of hours per partner and per work package; justification of costs, and transparency of co-financing

 Specific provisions for the Integrated Initiative: Mobilising Local Energy Investments - Project Development Assistance

The following four award criteria will carry equal weighting within the overall assessment

1. Relevance and EU added value of the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

  1. Extent to which the proposed action is consistent with the call priorities
  2. Extent to which the requested funding would complement other related funding sources for project development assistance and would accelerate the investment process Intelligent Energy – Europe Call for Proposals 2012 12/30

2. Quality of implementation methodology (score 0-10), including:

  1. Appropriate level of maturity of the starting point of the proposed action from technical and financial perspectives
  2. Suitability of the proposed approach to deliver the investment within the project lifetime, clarity of workpackages, project planning and performance monitoring
  3. Capability of the proposed action to mobilise the relevant local actors and foster local capacity building

3. Credibility and impact of the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

  1. Ambition of the project in terms of investment in renewables and energy efficiency compared with other energy investment programmes carried out by the proposers in the past three years
  2. Impacts within and beyond the project lifetime assessed with specific, measurable, accepted, realistic and time-dependent (SMART) indicators
  3. Replication potential of the solutions (concept) offered at local, national and European level

4. Resources allocated to the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

  1. Share of responsibilities between partners and subcontractors, composition of the team and subcontracting, balance of skills, experience
  2. Appropriate levels of hours per partner and per work package, justification of share of subcontracting for the project development assistance in view of the planned investments, justification of costs and transparency of co-financing.

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR AWARDING GRANTS

The general conditions for awarding grants, particularly the definition of the eligible costs and the methods of payment, are set out in the draft grant agreement, available on the website of the IEE II programme (see chapter 8). The budget for the action attached to the application must have revenue and expenditure in balance and show clearly the costs which are eligible for financing from the EU budget.

Depending on the size and other risk factors of the action, the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation might request a financial guarantee of the beneficiary for pre-financing.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

Applications must be submitted using the on-line submission system and application formsindicated on the IEE II programme website (see chapter 8).

Applications which fail to comply with this formal requirement will not be evaluated further. In particular, proposals arriving at the EACI by any other means will be regarded as "not submitted" and will not be evaluated.

The closing date for submission to the main IEE Call is Tuesday 8 May 2012, 17:00 (Brussels local time).

Exception: closing dates for submission to the Build Up Skills Initiative are:
Pillar I: 9 February 2012, 17:00 (Brussels local time).
Pillar II: 30 April 2013, 17:00 (Brussels local time).

Applications submitted after the closing date and time will NOT be taken into consideration.

Applicants are strongly advised to start their submission process well in time and not to leave it to the last hour in order to avoid the risk of a failed submission.

Should changes occur regarding formal requirements for submission of applications, they will be highlighted on the website of the programme. Applicants are therefore advised to check this website prior to submitting their application.

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