In February 2016, the public consultation process was dedicated to the 3rd Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness common priority, for "efficient energy systems, and harnessing technology to make the building stock energy neutral". This time, it focused on Action 6 of the SET Plan Communication (C(2015)6317):
- Action 6: "Continue efforts to make EU industry less energy intensive and more competitive"
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 for developing and strengthening energy in industry. The first draft of this Issues Paper was subsequently sent, at the end of January 2016, 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 15th February 2016. During a dedicated Steering Group meeting on 15th March 2016, invited stakeholders and SET Plan countries held their first discussion on this Issues Paper. Following this meeting, the exchanges continued and reached an agreement on common targets that took the form of a Declaration of Intent (DoI). At the Steering Group meeting of 15th April 2016, the DoI for energy efficiency in industry was endorsed.
In September 2016, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on continuing efforts to make industry less energy intensive and more competitive. This TWG has met regularly times during 2016 and 2017 to draft an Implementation plan that contains concrete R&I activities, and proposes relevant funding opportunities for their realization, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The TWG chaired by national representatives from Finland and co-chaired by the European Association A.SPIRE, have finalized the preparation of the Implementation plan that was endorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members at the meeting held on 14 November 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).