Climate protection and energy efficiency cost money. But right now, companies are benefiting from attractive federal funding initiatives. High time, then, to get a quick overview.
„Energy efficiency is the central key to reducing CO2 emissions, lowering energy consumption and thus increasing the sustainability of buildings and facilities.“
Manfred Schmitz, CEO of ENGIE Germany
New energy incentive programs open up operationally relevant options for companies. They offer great opportunities to create value and help make investments in energy-efficient processes - or make them possible in the first place. A lot is currently happening in the subsidy landscape in Germany. Three current funding measures are particularly noteworthy in this regard:
The Federal Support for Efficient Buildings (BEG) is a support program for greater energy efficiency in the building sector. It combines previously existing programs into a clear grant and loan offer. Applications can be submitted to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) or the Reconstruction Loan Corporation (KfW). Currently, parts of the subsidies have been suspended by the new Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK). Certain transitional arrangements apply until the 2022 federal budget is passed by the Bundestag. Three subprograms are available for selection:
The new federal subsidy for efficient heat networks (BEW) is intended to provide a decisive boost to the heat turnaround in Germany. To this end, the German government has published a draft for a new funding program, which will come into force in the short term once it has been approved by the EU Commission under state aid law. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection has announced an immediate program to this end. However, it is not yet clear exactly when this will come into force.
The BEW provides for the promotion of efficiency measures for heating networks in three modules:
Third energy support program of the federal government is the Federal Support for Energy and Resource Efficiency in Business (EEW). This is an amendment to the "Federal Support for Energy Efficiency in Business" initiative, which was already introduced in 2019 and is open to all sectors. What is new - in addition to the addition of the term "resource efficiency" - is the promotion of investment measures for the energy and resource-oriented optimization of economic processes, particularly in terms of energy efficiency.
In practical terms, this involves a direct grant from BAFA of up to 15 million euros, depending on the funding project, or a loan from KfW of up to 25 million euros with a repayment subsidy of 55 percent. Funding is granted in four modules for:
When it comes to energy supply, we offer our customers an all-round carefree package. As an energy contractor, we first take on the technical requirements and take care of the planning, construction, commissioning and optimization of plant technology and heating systems. We also manage all regulatory processes, which of course include the application for subsidies.
Currently, our focus is on EEW funding in modules 2 and 4. In this regard, we can provide you with specific support in the promotion and financing of solar collector systems, biomass systems and heat pumps, as well as in the area of energy- and resource-related process optimization and the operational, efficient use of waste heat from production processes. Simply let our Expert:innenteam advise you on this. We will also be happy to check what is possible for you in terms of BEG and BEW.
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