Putting Energy into Bosnia’s Drive for Energy Efficiency
Catalys has just completed the successful facilitation of a €3.6m proposal for Horizon 2020 funding support in Energy Efficiency. Catalys worked in partnership with the International BURCH University; Sarajevo to establish a broad based Public Private Partnership spanning 6 countries from Denmark to Turkey. The project focused on the development of Near Zero Energy Buildings and was developed using novel workshop techniques that accelerated the process of project development. Horizon 2020 is one of the most important EU funding regimes. Its significance is greater than simply the money that is made available, as a successful Horizon 2020 project can open doors to wider opportunities and is also an indicator of maturity and prestige amongst research organisations. This particular strand of Horizon 2020 support is designed to stimulate cooperation between Research bodies and businesses, in order to promote market access and job creation. Horizon 2020 is of great significance to the European Commission and EU Member States, as Research & Development and Innovation are key to the EU’s future growth and jobs strategy. It is also important to emerging states/economies such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, because the development of the research base will lead to better and higher value jobs; as well as providing the foundations for improved economic circumstances for the country as a whole.