Another important aspect was the digital matchmaking meetings that took place over 3 sessions, split between the 25th and the 27th of May. During the matchmaking sessions, participants could set meetings with funding experts and private investors to help them to find adequate funding solutions. There were 63 matchmaking sessions of 20 minutes each where clean energy technology developers could talk about their projects and ask questions on funding to European Commission officials, funding experts and private investors.
SESSION 1 – The EU’s funding and financing offer: new tools for a new decade
This first half of the session introduced the main features of the European Investment Bank’s plan for 2021-2027 for energy demonstration projects with high technological risk, and the results from a previous project financed by the EIB. During the send half, the European Commission explained the features of the ETS Innovation Fund and its first results since it was launched in the summer of 2020. Presenters of both funds gave practical advice to potential project developers on how to successfully apply for funding.
Session 3 – Unlocking Private Funding for clean energy demonstration projects
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“Launch of updated report on EU funding instruments – opportunity for your comments”
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Session 1 – The EU’s funding and financing offer: new tools for a new decade
Session 1.1 – InvestEU: New Opportunities in the Clean Energy Sector to Boost Investment, Innovation and Job Creation Moderated by: Greg Arrowsmith, Secretary General, EUREC
• Presentation: What can the EIB Advisory do for you? Shiva Dustdar, Head of Division, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank
• Presentation: Backing visionary entrepreneurs Martin Bruncko, Member of the Investment Committee, EIC Fund
• Presentation: Financing from the European Investing Banck: A success story Christopher Ridgewell, CEO, AW Energy
Session 1.2 – ETS Innovation Fund: Driving Innovative Low-Carbon Technologies Towards the Market
• Presentation: ETS Innovation Fund: current status Roman Doubrava, Deputy Head of Unit Land Use and Finance for Innovation DG CLIMA
Session 2 – National/regional funding opportunities: exploitable synergies to accelerate the clean energy transition
• The next Cohesion Policy Funds for energy projects with an innovative character and the Just Transition Fund Mathieu Fichter, Policy Officer, DG REGIO
• Presentation: The Recovery and Resilience Facility Michaela Holl, Agora EnergieWende
• Presentation: The Interreg programme supporting clean energy Mathieu Mori, Programme Director Interreg North-West Europe
Session 3 – Unlocking Private Funding for clean energy demonstration projects (Panel discussion)
Session 4 – How to access funding to achieve clean energy transition?
• Presentation: SMARTSPEND Report D2.2 “Mapping report on funding instruments for energy innovation (update)” Marie Latour, Head of Brussels Office, Zabala
SMARTSPEND is a 3-year EU-funded project running until 30 November 2021, that aims to find new ways to coordinate and increase investments in clean energy. The SMARTSPEND project is supporting the execution of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) of the European Commission and has two main objectives: to foster the efficiency in allocation of public and private funding for clean energy technologies; and to better inform stakeholders through the publication of 6 reports related to clean energy financing offer and the organisation of a conference on access to risk finance, which will take place during spring 2021.
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