State of Play and General Information
Renewable energies (RE) are of vital importance in tackling the global challenge posed by climate change and providing reliable energy access to millions of people in Europe, Africa and worldwide. More than 789 million people have no access to electricity and some 2.7 billion people worldwide still rely on the use of traditional biomass for cooking. Half of Africa’s total population, i.e. 548 million people were without access to electricity in 2018 (The Renewable Energy Transition in Africa: Powering Access, Resilience and Prosperity, IRENA, 2021).
Therefore, there is a need to increase investment in renewable energy innovation, research, human and institutional capacity. In this regard, the Long term Europe Africa Partnership on Renewable Energy (LEAP-RE) program co-funded by the European Commission (EC) under Horizon 2020 aims to increase the use of renewable energy on a well-balanced set of research, demonstration, and technology transfer projects in both continents.
The LEAP-RE program is conducted by a consortium of 83 partners from European and African countries. The whole budget of the program is around € 32 million, including € 15 million from the EC. LEAP-RE is structured in three Pillars, Pillar1, object of this pre-announcement call, aims to the implementation of transnational proposals for research, innovation and capacity building, funded by national/regional funding agencies and by the European Commission; Pillar2, a cluster of individual R&I and capacity building projects implemented by members of the consortium, and Pillar3 is in charge of the program management and strategic issues to design an AU – EU long term partnership on renewable energy.