17. January 2019

Do not let the full funding pots pass you by

A good start of the year for everyone who is serious about energy efficiency: There are a number of funds available to you. From the numerous offers, we present two funding programmes in more detail.

Municipal directive

Do you work for a non-profit or public institution, municipality, association or company with at least 25% municipal participation? Then this might be interesting for you: The current version of the Municipal Directive offers grants for various climate protection measures.

Funding focus

The Directive distinguishes between investment and strategic funding priorities. We have summarised the scope of the individual subsidies for you in the following table.

Investment funding focus

Percentage of grant for eligible projects

Grant in €

Lighting and ventilation

20 to 25 % (25 to 30 % for financially weak municipalities)

Min 5,000 €

Sustainable mobility

30 to 40 % (40 to 60% for financially weak municipalities)

Min 10,000 €

Waste disposal, sewage treatment plants and drinking water supply

20 to 50 % (30 to 60% for financially weak municipalities)

Min 5,000 € respectively 10,000 €

Additional investment measures for climate protection

Up to 40 % (up to 50% for financially weak municipalities)

Min 5,000 €

Strategic funding focus

Percentage of grant for eligible projects

Grant in €

Focus consulting

Up to 65% (up to 90% for financially weak municipalities)

Min 5,000 €

Energy & environmental management systems

 Up to 40% (up to 65% for financially weak municipalities)

Min 5,000 €

Energy saving models

Up to 65% or 50% (starter package)
(up to 90% or 65% for financially weak municipalities)

Min. 10,000 € or 5,000 € respectively (starter package)

Municipal networks

100% in the extraction phase
60% in the network phase

Max. 3,000 € per network project
Max. 20,000 € per network participant (1st year)
Thereafter max. 10,000 € per network participant

Potential studies

Up to 50% (up to 70% for financially weak municipalities)

Min. 10,000 €

Climate protection concepts and climate protection management

Up to 65% (up to 90% for financially weak municipalities)

Min. 10,000 €

 

Funding focus 2.2: Energy management systems in detail

Focus 2.2 of this Directive relates specifically to the introduction of energy management systems. Financial support is granted for the implementation and initial certification of an energy management system in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001 or an environmental management system in accordance with EMAS Regulation No. 1221/2009. The costs for the external service providers commissioned with this, amounting to up to 45 consulting days, are also eligible. Metering technology, meters, sensors and energy management software can also be funded. In addition, specialist training courses (e.g. on how to use a new energy management software) and associated business trips (max. five days) for existing personnel responsible for energy management are considered eligible.
The funding rate for measures under Priority 2.2 amounts to up to 40 %, and for financially weak municipalities even up to 65 %. The minimum grant specifically for energy management software is €5,000, while mobile and permanently installed measurement technology, meters and sensors are funded with up to €10,000.

Would you like to find out more?

This funding programme runs until 31 December 2022. The following application deadlines apply for both investment and strategic projects: 1 January to 31 March and 1 July to 30 September. Only applications for funding for energy-saving models, climate protection concepts and climate protection management can be submitted throughout the year. Further information on the guideline, the funding priorities and the application procedure can be found here.

Funding programme Energy efficiency in the economy

Do you belong to a private or municipal company, are you a contractor or a freelancer? Great, because there is also a full funding pot for you. The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) supports your targeted measures to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions with investment grants. Alternatively, low-interest loans with repayment subsidies of up to 55 % are available from KfW. These promotional measures may not be combined. With the exception of planning services, only intended measures whose implementation has not yet begun at the time of application are eligible.
The programme runs until 31 December 2022.

Contents of the funding programme

The Energy efficiency in the pconomy funding programme is divided into four modules.

ModulePercentage of grant for eligible projectsMaximum grant

1) Cross-sectional technologies (Replacement and new acquisition of highly efficient equipment for industrial and commercial applications, including vantilation, pumps or electric motors)

30% (40% for SMEs)

200,000 € / project

2) Process heat generation from renewable energies (measures for process heat generation, including heat pumps, solar collectors and biomass systems)

45% (55% for SMEs)

10 Mio. € / project

3) MCR, sensor technology and energy management software

30% (40% for SMEs)

10 Mio. € / project

4) Energy-related optimization of plants and processes without specification of concrete technologies
(terms: Existence of a savings concept and amortization period of the project without funding > two years)

30% (40% for SMEs)

500 € (700 € for SMEs) / ton of CO 2 saved annually

Module 3 in focus: MCR, sensors and energy management software

We will now take a closer look at module 3 from the funding programme. The acquisition and installation of measurement, control and regulation technology (MCR) and sensor technology, which are used for monitoring and efficient control of energy flows and finally for integration into an energy or environmental management system, are supported. It also supports the purchase and installation of energy management software. In this context, staff training on how to use the subsidised software is also considered eligible. To apply, you must have a certification of the energy or environmental management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001 or EMAS or be currently in the certification process. For SMEs an alternative system according to SpaEfV is sufficient.

 

 


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