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Carbon Descent partner search

 5 September 2012

Carbon Descent is looking for partners for a new European call for proposals under the Smart Cities Programme. Carbon Descent has had considerable experience of securing European funding. We’ve secured and delivered 7 European projects over the last 12 years.  Most importantly we are 1 of only 2 UK organisations to have secured EU funding from the EU Concerto programme. We submitted a proposal that won around £2m for a project in London encompassing installation of solar, condensing CHP and district heating, large scale refurbishment, education and training, behaviour change programmes, research and monitoring. We have also acted as local managers for the project over the last 7 years liaising with the Commission and international partners on behalf of the London project to ensure smooth delivery. As a result we are very well versed in dealing in with the Commission and European projects, running successful projects.

Smart Cities

Smart Cities is a new European programme which first opened for funding last year, designed to draw on learning from Concerto. It replicates much of the original Concerto programme

We are looking for potential partners with a suitable project to submit to the EU under the Smart Cities Programme. We would write the bid on your behalf, ensure it is submitted and secure and negotiate with the necessary European partners. We already have one possible European partner city.

 We are looking for you to:

  • Contribute to the cost of us writing the proposal – we estimate the cost to you to be around £15k
  • Provide a suitable scheme around which to develop a proposal
  • Include us in the proposal as local project managers

About Smart Cities

Projects must include 3 core demonstration elements:

  1. A refurbishment project where the buildings (preferably homes) are retrofitted “towards zero energy”

  2. Smart Electricity Networks with smart meters local renewable electricity and possibly electric vehicles

  3. Smart Heating and Cooling – using waste heat sources, ICT and the innovative use upgrading of existing networks

This will be a very competitive bidding round but the prize is significant grant funding for a high profile project.  Around 90 million Euros are available for distribution amongst successful bids. 

For more information contact Chris Dunham chrisd@carbondescent.org.uk

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