Of the thirteen countries funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme which was set up in order to reduce carbon emissions, Ireland received the least funding (0.52%), second only to Austria who received more than double that of Ireland 's share.

In Ireland’s case, this is largely due to the fact we coordinated only one project, E2District and so, received €1,999,849.

In order to reduce carbon emissions, the European Union set up the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (2014-2020) – the biggest EU research and innovation project looking into smart energy systems for a sustainable and renewable energy future. 

Spain by far received the most funding, securing 41.41% (€160+billion), followed by Italy with 17.22% (€66+billion). France were next with 12.36% followed by the United Kingdom who received 7.5% – amounting to close on €29billion. 

Although the UK has officially left the European Union, the Brexit deal secured an agreement to continue the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme – its six projects count for 10% of Horizon’s total project.

The study was undertaken by HeatingForce.co.uk who analysed data on Smart Energy Systems within the Horizon 2020 programme to discover the countries receiving the most funding for their projects. 

A total of €386,708,062 was awarded by the EU to fund sustainable energy projects across the world between 2014 and 2020.