CIP EIP Sustainable Industry Low Carbon Scheme - SILC I - 2013

Publication date
March 13, 2013
June 13, 2013
Short description

Under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP) of the European Commission, a call has been published called Sustainable Industry Low Carbon Scheme SILC 1. The SILC (Sustainable Industry Low Carbon) initiative aims to help sectors to achieve specific GHG emission intensity reductions in order to maintain their competitiveness. The SILC scheme is intended as a practical, industry-based initiative at EU level which identifies, develops and deploys both technological and non-technological innovation measures. It is foreseen that the EU will co-finance up to 75% of the costs of the industry-led projects respectively.

The SILC initiative is implemented in two steps, SILC I (2011-2013) and SILC II (2014-2020). This call concerns only SILC I which aims at finding technological and non-technological innovation measures to reduce the carbon-intensity for a wider range of sectors which can be implemented in the short term (i.e. immediate to 3 year horizon) and which do not require a further demonstration programme before their industrial implementation.

The call seeks for sector-specific or inter-sector industrial projects, each of them carried out by a consortium of industrial stakeholders (and/or possibly in partnership with public or private organisations) and jointly financed by the EU and the industrial stakeholders. It is envisaged that in these projects technological and/or non-technological innovation measures will be developed and deployed that are needed to achieve reductions in the specific GHG emission intensity, while maintaining the sector's competitive position and jobs.

Additional information about the programme

Eligible activities for SILC I projects

Eligible activities are any refining, production or manufacturing activities which are listed in Annex I of the EU ETS Directive, excluding the production of electricity, and which are carried out in installations exceeding the capacity thresholds specified therein.  

In this sense, activities relating to the category "combustion of fuels" in Annex I of the EU ETS Directive are hence only eligible to the extent that these relate to the production of heat as final output.

Expected outcomes of SILC I projects

Expected outcomes of the SILC I projects are technological and/or non-technological innovation measures which reduce the specific GHG emission-intensity of EU ETS installations carrying out an eligible activity and which can be implemented at industrial scale in the short term (i.e. immediately to 3 year time horizon).

Particular importance will be attached to the extent to which the measure(s) proposed are applicable and of benefit to a wider range of other installations and/or other sectors, rather than satisfying only particular needs of one specific installation.

Given that the outcomes of SILC I projects are generally made publicly available, participants are strongly encouraged to take appropriate measures for protecting their intellectual property rights.

Indicative start-up date for the action: November/December 2013

Maximum duration of action is:36 months

Typical duration of SILC I projects (depending on project size) is: 12 - 24 months



Date and time or
indicative period


Publication of the call

First half of March


Deadline for submitting applications

13/06/2013 – 17.00.00


Information to applicants

November 2013


Signature of grant agreement or notification of grant decision

November/December 2013


Starting date of the action/ work programme

by 31/12/2013

Maximum budget allocated for EU financing under this call: € 2.850.000

Maximum EU financing rateof eligible costs:75 %

Maximum EU financing amount per project: 950 000

Applications from legal entities established in one of the following countries are eligible:

-      EU Member States

-      EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway

-      Candidate countries: Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey

-      Other countries from the Western Balkans, in accordance with the provisions to be determined with those countries following the establishment of Framework Agreements concerning their participation in Community programmes: Albania, Montenegro and Serbia

-      Third countries, when agreements and procedures so allow: Israel

-      The participation of partners from other countries than one of the countries referred to above is allowed, but it will not be considered as concurring to the eligible costs.

Each SILC I project must be carried out by a consortium of at least 2 legal entities.

Several applicants, submitting a joint proposal should choose within their midst a lead organisation, referred to as the coordinator.

The coordinator and other applicants must satisfy the same eligibility criteria.

Additional information about the call

For more infromation about this call, please visit the call page.

For more information about the CIP Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme, please visit the programme website.

Contact coordinates for the call:

European Commission

Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General

Directorate B Sustainable Growth and EU 2020

Unit B.1. Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction

E-mail address:

Office address:BREY 7/12, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

Specification / Themes
Call identifier
  • CIP
Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • European Union (EU 28)
  • FYR of Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • WBC
Scientific focus
  • General

Entry created by Filiz Hayirli on March 28, 2013
Modified on March 28, 2013