Creating capacity for transferring CP technologies and promoting CP investments and financing thereof in particular in SMEs. a technology gap assessment will be performed that compares current industry performance with possible performance using best available and developing ‘imaginable’ technology. The term ‘imaginable’ technology is used to refer to the expected performance level achievable through the application of known engineering, operational and management know-how with the explicit intent to minimize pollution intensity and maximize resource efficiency. Imaginable technology goes beyond best available technology, and its feasibility will still have to be confirmed through applied research and technology/equipment development and pilots. It can be interpreted as a mid-term performance target, likely to be achievable with a dedicated innovation effort on a timescale of some 3-5 years. Conceptually, imaginable technology presents an interim performance level between current best available technologies, and the sustainable technology performance levels that are likely to be required on the longer run based on estimated carrying capacity of the Earth and its ecosystems and climate.

This allows for the identification and assessment of key RECP technologies with high environmental and resource productivity benefits and high replication potential in the respective sectors. Consideration will be given to both transfer of existing technologies and/or adaptation and further development of existing and emerging technologies. The technology gap assessments will be performed in consecutive batches/cycles following the industry demonstrations.

Following on from the technology gap assessments, the RECP programme will provide support for piloting of key technologies in selected enterprises from the respective enterprise target group. The support will comprise the design of the pilot project, including a suitable monitoring and evaluation framework, assistance with acquisition and installation of necessary equipments, staff training and project management. A limited budget has also been reserved to co-fund minor parts of the potential investments in pilot projects, as an incentive for the pilot companies and a reward for them being willing to share the results and experiences of the pilot application of the respective RECP technology.

Based on the findings of the respective RECP technology pilots (under output 4.2), the RECP programme will formulate proposals for necessary adaptations or enhancements of the piloted technologies. It will also develop plans for their replication/commercialization among enterprises in the target enterprise sectors. The RECP Programme will do so in close cooperation with innovation agencies and potential national suppliers and/or manufacturers of the respective RECP technologies. This will also address training and capacity building needs for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the respective RECP technology.