Strategic Energy Technology Plan Strategic Energy Technology Plan

What is the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) about?

The SET-Plan has been the technology pillar of the EU’s energy and climate policy since it was established in 2007.

Aligned with the European Commission's Energy Union strategy, adopted in February 2015, the integrated SET-Plan is a key action in one of its five pillars dedicated to research, innovation and competitiveness [European Commission 2015a].

Playing a key role as principal decision making support tool, the SET-Plan aims to transform energy production and use in the EU with the goal of achieving EU worldwide leadership in the production of energy technological solutions capable of delivering EU 2020 and 2050 targets. The move towards a low-carbon Europe requires innovative research, effective strategic planning and an emphasis on timely and appropriate action [European Commission 2015b].

The SET-Plan is structured based on four main actors;

The Steering Group, composed of representatives from the EU28 and Iceland, Norway Switzerland and Turkey, coordinates the implementation of the SET-Plan promoting joint initiatives.

The European Industrial Initiatives brings together EU countries, industry and researchers in key areas by pooling funding, skills and research facilities.

The European Energy Research Alliance aims to accelerate new energy technology development through pan-European programmes and involves Research institutes and Universities across Europe.

The Strategic Energy Technology Information System (SETIS) rises as an operative system to support the implementation of the integrated SET-Plan and report its progress and achievements through an effective integrated monitoring and reporting scheme


[European Commission 2015a] European Commission: Strategic Energy Technology Plan. Accessed: 11/15/2015. URL:

[European Commission 2015b] European Commission: SETIS. Accessed: 11/15/2015. URL:


Strategic Energy Technology Information System

SETIS plays a central role in the successful implementation of the SET-Plan by helping to identify energy technology and R&D objectives, striving to build consensus around the SET-Plan programme, identifying new opportunities, and assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of the SET-Plan in delivering energy and climate change policy goals.

Based on its own integrated reporting and effective monitoring, SETIS offers an unified approach to ensure a more diligent and intelligent use of available information, data and reporting practices on low-carbon energy technologies and innovation by stakeholders and Member States. SETIS manages and operates the monitoring and reporting scheme that supports the implementation and continuous development of the integrated SET-Plan.

SETIS is led and managed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.


SETIS Outputs

SETIS publishes regularly updated key references on the state of low carbon technology, research and innovation in Europe, the outcome of targeted workshops and hearings and the progress on a number of joint research initiatives. SETIS outputs include:

  • The Technology Map is the SET-Plan reference document on the state of knowledge on low carbon technology in the EU;
  • The Capacities Map reports provide an estimate of current corporate and public research and development (R&D) investments in low-carbon energy technologies in the EU;
  • The Materials Roadmap expands the technology roadmaps putting forward key materials research and innovation activities;
  • The SET Plan Roadmap on Education and Training addresses the human resource challenge for the energy research and innovation sector;
  • Studies and reports from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on specific subjects of direct relevance to the SET-Plan and its implementation.

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