Titelbild der Förderstrategie Energieeffizienz und Wärme aus erneuerbaren Energien

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On 11 May 2017, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy tabled a new funding strategy for energy efficiency and heat from renewables. Under this strategy, public-sector funding for energy efficiency will be reorganised, different measures packaged together, and the funding become better targeted at the various beneficiaries. Also, funding priorities will be better aligned with the current needs of the energy transition. For instance, hybrid systems that make use of renewables will continue to receive funding, whereas funding for boilers that use only fossil fuels will be phased out in 2019. This is to speed up the energy transition in the heat market.

Said State Secretary Rainer Baake: "Financial support for measures that improve energy efficiency is a key tool for us to achieve the goals of our energy and climate policies. Under the new funding strategy, we want to optimise our energy advice and investment programmes by improving their structure and the way in which they target potential beneficiaries. We want every potential beneficiary to be able to find the programmes they are eligible for at a glance and to have easier access to the funding. This should help our energy efficiency programmes have a much greater impact. Moreover, our decision to phase out funding for conventional heating systems by 2019 also implements one of the key points under our climate change mitigation plan for 2050."

Under the plans for the new funding strategy, the funding targeted at private households will be remodelled incrementally, a process that is to be completed in 2020. There will be four distinct funding priorities, namely energy advice, energy-efficient buildings, energy efficiency in the industrial and commercial sectors, and heat infrastructure. All funding will be packaged into modules that are grouped within these four categories. As a result, some of the programmes that already exist will be bundled together. This notably applies to the two main programmes in the buildings sector, the C02 Building Modernisation Programme (KfW programme for energy-efficient construction and modernisation) and the Market Incentive Programme on Renewable Energy in the Heating Sector, which will be merged to form the 'energy-efficient buildings' strand of funding.

The incentives we want to provide for greater energy efficiency will be underpinned by the principle "The more ambitious your investment, the more attractive the funding". Our future funding programmes will be clearly structured in a modular way that allows for individual elements to be combined, and it will do without excess bureaucracy. There will be funding for an 'easy start on energy efficiency' as well as for modernisation work that follows a holistic, ambitious approach.

We are creating a one-stop shop that will make it easier for potential beneficiaries to find out which programme suits their needs and to then access this funding. All of the relevant information and step-by-step guidance for interested households and companies will be available from one place. This guidance will range from initial information on energy efficiency through to completion of the modernisation work.

The restructuring of the programmes will be taking place over the period from 2017 to 2019.

For the text of the funding strategy (in German), please click here.