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Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

A new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator to help strengthen the global competitiveness of British industry

industrial energy efficiency

A new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator to help strengthen the global competitiveness of British industry. Over the next four years the IEEA will aim to lower costs and increase the number of available energy efficient technologies for a range of industrial sectors, through demonstration of near to market innovations.

The programme is open to all sectors and is technology neutral, targeting near-commercial innovations that will have the largest cross-sectoral impact on industrial energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.  The first competition will be open from September 2017 to January 2018, full details to be announced.

The IEEA is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and will be delivered with support from engineering firm Jacobs and infrastructure specialist AMEC Foster Wheeler. The funding is anticipated to unlock a further £11 million of investment from the private sector to support the demonstrations.

How can you find out more?

Sign up to a free webinar to be held on 26th July which will provide further detail about the programme. To register please use this link:

Register for the free webinar

What will it involve?

Technology innovators

The IEEA will run an open application process until January 2018 to engage with technology developers looking for opportunities to demonstrate their near-commercial solutions and access incubation support.

The Accelerator aims to address both technical and commercial challenges by providing tailored incubation support and co-funding to technology developers and start-ups to drive UK expertise.

The Carbon Trust will support the most promising technology innovators with finding an industry partner to join forces to demonstrate the innovation over a material length of time to enable results to be captured to increase market confidence.


Industrial players across a number of sectors will also be encouraged to apply to receive support in finding the best innovations that will have the greatest impact on their operations through a series of brokerage activities. A ‘fast track’ process is also available for those industrial companies already engaged with a technology developer and looking for funding and advice to help run a demonstration.

We expect to be able to support between 15 and 30 pilot projects which will be selected through the competitive application process to receive funding and implementation advice.

Projects will be selected based on a number of criteria in addition to carbon and energy impact including potential for replication, financial attractiveness and wider economic impact.


To help both Industry and innovators identify the best opportunities and to encourage applications from high quality, high impact pilot projects, the Carbon Trust will be running a series of engagement workshops on the following dates:


Workshop Agenda:

  1. Introduction to IEEA programme (including eligibility criteria)
  2. Technology innovation review and prioritisation: To identify highest cross-sectoral impact, and most feasible for a demonstration pilot
  3. Ideas session: Sector-focused discussions on potential projects building upon the technology prioritisation and examination of related opportunities and challenges
  4. Networking and brokerage: Introduction to technology developers to stimulate the development of demonstration partnerships

Register your interest

Submit your technology or project solution for consideration using the link below. Your submission will be used to preliminarily assess the eligibility of the technology or project.  This form can be submitted by a technology developer and/or industrial company.  This is not an application for funding, nor a prerequisite for applications to funding under this programme.

Register your interest

Eligibility Criteria

Match funding is required under this programme, in compliance with EU State Aid Legislation. The proportion of funding available depends on whether the work is classified as industrial research or experimental development, the size of the organisation, and whether the work is through a collaboration. The maximum funding proportion is capped at 60% for industrial research and 40% for experimental development.

Funded by

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Led by

Carbon Trust

Supported by

Jacobs    Amec Foster Wheeler

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