The European Strategic Energy Technology (SET)-Plan aims to transform energy production and use in the EU with the goal of achieving EU worldwide leadership in the production of energy technological solutions capable of delivering EU 2020 and 2050 targets. The move towards a low-carbon Europe requires innovative research, effective strategic planning and an emphasis on timely and appropriate action.
Three SET-Plan Communications in 2006, 2007 and 2009, introduced the SET-Plan concept, launched the plan (including the commitment to create SETIS) and determined the financial requirements to implement the SET-Plan based on a number of technology roadmaps for the first set of priority technologies.
A fourth Communication, in 2013, presented at the SET-Plan Conference in Dublin on May 7 is expected to reinforce the modalities of the SET-Plan implementation, as the overarching umbrella for energy research and innovation for the Horizon 2020 initiative.
SET-Plan governance is ensured by a Steering Group (SG), composed of high level representatives from Member States (MS) and from the European Commission. All 28 MS as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey are represented in the SG. The SG meets at least twice a year.
The two main implementation mechanisms of the SET-Plan are the European Industrial Initiatives (EII) and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).
SETIS plays a central role in the successful implementation of the SET-Plan by helping to identify energy technology and RD&D objectives, striving to build consensus around the SET-Plan programme, identifying new opportunities, and assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of the SET-Plan in delivering energy and climate change policy goals.
SETIS offers an integrated approach to the exchange of data and information on low-carbon energy technologies and innovation across Member States and energy sectors. This information can be used to support the effective strategic planning, monitoring and assessment of the SET-Plan.
SETIS supported the establishment of an agreed methodology for monitoring and reviewing the progress of the SET-Plan based on a range of measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). SETIS has been leading and coordinating efforts to define the KPIs (and targets) for monitoring the progress of EIIs, in consultation with the EIIs. These KPIs are considered to be strategically important by the Commission and the MS as a quality tool to justify public investment in the SET-plan actions and to review on-going progress.
Another important aspect of the work of SETIS is its own independent research. SETIS regularly publishes: Technology Maps, providing the latest information on the status and prospects of low-carbon technologies; Capacity Maps, giving up-to-date assessments of current public and private research and development (R&D) spending across the EU28 and globally on priority energy technologies; as well as topical research reports and roadmaps.
The SETIS website was launched in the autumn of 2009 to provide information on the EIIs, along with the latest news, events, interviews and initiatives related to key low carbon technologies, as well as informative Technology Information Sheets on over 20 technologies. Since its launch, the SETIS website has steadily grown in terms of content provision and user traffic.
SETIS is led and managed by the JRC’s Institute for Energy and Transport.