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The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) has now received the 100,000th application under the ‘Federal Funding for Efficient Buildings’ (BEG) scheme. The programme provides funding for renewable-based heating systems and energy efficiency in buildings.

Economic Affairs Minister Altmaier said: “We have recently upgraded our climate targets. If we are to reach these targets, we definitely need a retrofitting campaign, and we need to make increased use of renewable energy in the buildings sector. Launched in January this year, the Federal Funding for Efficient Buildings (BEG) scheme is a comprehensive funding programme. It allows us to support energy-efficient retrofitting in buildings in a systematic way – and with remarkable success. Since the programme was launched, more than 100,000 applications for funding have been submitted. This is good news for the climate.”

Torsten Safarik, President of the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control, said: “A total of over 100,000 applications since January 2021 – this is a resounding success not only for the Federal Government, but above all for climate action and thus for the people in our country. By the end of April, we had already disbursed more than 297 million euros to citizens for climate-friendly retrofitting in buildings. In the same period last year, this figure had amounted to just under 35 million euros. This high level of demand can harness the vast potential that energy-efficient retrofitting in buildings offers in terms of climate change mitigation.”

At the beginning of the year, the Federal Government integrated the various programmes for energy-efficient retrofitting in buildings into the newly established Federal Funding for Efficient Buildings (BEG) scheme. As of January 2021, the BAFA has begun to implement the individual measures under the BEG. The BEG sub-programmes for systemic retrofitting and for new buildings are to start in the middle of the year. Applications for BEG are processed in the BAFA’s branch office in Weißwasser, Upper Lusatia.