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18.08.2020

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German Public Sector Funds in Focus

In order to achieve noticeable progress in the reduction of final energy consumption and the reduction of C02emissions, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) has been promoting investments since 1 January 2019 to increase operating energy efficiency, waste heat recovery and the use of renewable energies for process heat in Germany. Investment subsidies of up to 55 % can be applied for.

The programme “Energy Efficiency in the Economy”:

Module 1 concerns cross-sectional technologies such as electric motors and drives, fans, pumps or compressed air systems. Module 2 promotes the provision of process heat from renewable energies, especially solar collector systems, biomass systems and heat pumps. Module 3 involves measurement and control technology, sensor technology and energy management software. Module 4 covers the energy-related optimisation of plants and processes.

All companies are eligible to apply, irrespective of the amount of sales revenues they have. The only requirement is that the investment must be made in Germany and must not have been started yet. In principle, the additional costs of investment for achieving an improvement in energy efficiency are used to calculate the funding. A total of 30 % (as a rule) to 55 % of these additional costs of investment are subsidised.

The subsidy is limited to EUR 700/tonne of C02 saved per year for SMEs (according to the European definition) and EUR 500/tonne of C02 saved per year for larger companies. An SME according to the European definition of the term has fewer than 250 employees at the consolidated level and annual sales revenues of less than EUR 50 million or total assets of less than EUR 43 million.

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