In May 2016, the public consultation process was dedicated to the 4th Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness common priority, for "more sustainable transport systems that develop and deploy at large scale innovative technologies and services to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions". This time, it focused on Action 7 of the SET Plan Communication (C(2015)6317):
- Action 7: "Become competitive in the global battery sector to drive e-mobility forward"
To initiate this public consultation, and on the basis of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap, the European Commission developed an Issues Paper that addressed the R&I challenges on batteries for e-mobility and stationary storage. The first draft of this Issues Paper was subsequently sent to SET Plan countries and relevant research and industrial stakeholders requesting them to take position on the proposed targets/priorities, in accordance with the guidelines set out in the document entitled ''the SET Plan actions – Implementation process and expected outcomes'' (see box below).
Relevant stakeholders and SET Plan countries were invited to provide their initial comments for this public consultation round in the form of "input papers" by 25th May 2016. During a dedicated Steering Group meeting on 12th July 2016, stakeholders and SET Plan countries held discussions on the Issues Paper and reached an agreement on common targets. At this meeting, the Declaration of Intent for batteries for e-mobility and stationary storage applications was endorsed.
In March 2017, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on become competitive in the global battery sector to drive e‐mobility and stationary storage forward. This TWG chaired by national representatives from France and co-chaired by SAFT met regularly times during this year to draft an Implementation plan that contains concrete R&I activities, and proposes relevant funding opportunities, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The Implementaion plan was then ensorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members at the meeting held on 29 November 2017 in the context of the SET Plan Conference 2017.
Any SET-Plan country or stakeholder's organisation interested in joining the temporary working groups to deliver implementation plans is kindly invited to inform the SET-Plan Secretariat (SET-PLAN-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu).