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ESIF - Energy

This is a tool to search within European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Operational Programmes (OPs) which countries and regions plan to invest in different energy areas, due to them mentioning specific energy-related keywords in different OPs that cover the territory.

NOTE BENE: The tool searches exclusively in the OP’s sections "Actions to be financed".

The ESIF Energy Monitoring tool can therefore be used to identify regions with common or complementary interests in different energy technologies (e.g. Solar, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, etc.) or areas (e.g. Smart Cities, Skills for energy, etc.), analyse patterns and areas of investments, looking beyond their priorities identified in their S3 and sometimes only partly reflected in the Eye@RIS3 tool.


The ESIF Energy tool indicates the frequency of the specific thematic keywords previously defined by the S3PEnergy team for each “Activity Area”  and "Subactivity Area" (e.g. for the activity area Smart Grid: the keywords are among others: smart grid, microgrid, smart transmission system, interoperability, network management, etc. and their synonyms).

The search result is presented on a map and tables. The data is grouped by region, country, OP, activity area and subactivity area.

There is no strict connection to any amounts, Thematic Objectives or Categories of Intervention.

The OPs are presented with active links. The active links take the user to a dedicated web page in the Inforegio site and ESF site, with more info on the OP and in most cases links to the entire OP text.

The user will also be able soon to export the search results in excel, word and pdf.

The user can select countries, regions and 'Activity areas', which are groupings of keywords in common themes (e.g. Energy Efficiency, Wind energy, etc.).

The tool also allows looking for subcategories under each activity area ('Sub Activity areas') (e.g. Energy Efficiency in buildings, in industry or in transport; Wind offshore or onshore, etc.).

The activity and sub-activity areas are:




Bioenergy (generic)





Carbon Capture Storage and Use (CCS and CCU)

Carbon Capture Storage and Use (CCS and CCU) (generic)

Carbon Capture

Carbon Storage

Carbon Sequestration

Carbon Use

Cogeneration / Combined heat and Power (CHP)

Cogeneration / CHP (generic)


Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency (generic)

Energy efficiency in Buildings

Energy efficiency in Industry

Energy efficiency in Transport

Energy storage

Energy Storage (generic)

Thermal Storage

Electrochemical storage

Chemical energy Storage

Mechanical Storage

Geothermal energy

Geothermal energy (generic)

Geothermal electricity generation

Geothermal heating and cooling

Geothermal combined Heat and Power

Heating and cooling (H&C)

H&C (generic)

District Heating and cooling (DHC)

Renewable H&C

Thermal storage - H&C

Residential H&C

Industrial H&C

H&C in tertiary sector

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells


Fuel cell

Power to gas

Hydrogen and fuel cells for transport



Ocean energy

Ocean energy (generic)

Tidal energy

Wave energy

Salinity gradient

Ocean Thermal Energy

Renewable energy

Renewable energy (generic)

Smart Cities

Smart Cities (generic)

City planning

Smart mobility

Smart resources efficiency

Smart grid

Smart Grid (generic)

Smart Transmission system

Smart Distribution system

Smart consumer technologies

Renewable and distributed generation integration

Electric Vehicles and Vehicle2Grid applications

Smart meters

Solar energy

Photovoltaics (PV)

Concentrated solar power (CSP)

Wind Power

Wind Power (generic)

offshore wind

Non-technological actions related to Energy

Innovation vouchers in Energy

Eco-innovation in Energy

Greening economy

Energy communities

Energy performance contracting (EPC)

Energy funding

Energy funding

Skills for Energy

Innovation in public administration in Energy


The information on the entire list of keywords and how the dataset has been created is available upon request to the S3PEnergy team.

The ESIF Energy tool contains data from the ESIF Operational Programmes (OPs) (retrieved on 27/10/2017 from the SFC2014/Infoview database), in particular from ERDF, CF, ESF and YEI. The information from the EAFRD dedicated to energy-related activities will also be included in a further step of the tool development.

The SFC platform from where the data is retrieved is a management tool for ESIF managing authorities (MA) at national and regional level and the four ESIF managing DGs (REGIO, EMPL, AGRI, MARE). The data are entered by MA, verified by DGs and if needed corrected by the MA.

Other official data on Cohesion Policy is available here: and here: and on the corresponding ESF, EMFF and EAFRD sites.

All the data have been regionalised. National OPs and interregional OPs have been divided for the regions that are covered by the different programmes.

For transnational collaboration OPs, the number of times a keyword is mentioned has been allocated to each of all the regions or Member States pertaining to this OP.

For most Member States, the geographical level used is NUTS2, with the exception of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK where it is NUTS1 and Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovenia where it is the national level. Data pertaining to non-EU regions are not included.


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