Operational Programme 'Environment and Energy'
Programme under the Convergence Objective, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
On 1 August 2007, the European Commission approved a Regional Operational Programme for Hungary for the 2007-13 period. The Operational Programme falls within the Convergence Objective framework (only the "convergence" regions are eligible) and has a total budget of around €4.9 billion. Community assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €4.2 billion, which represents approximately 16.5% of the total EU investment for Hungary under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.
1. Aim and purpose of the programme
The aim of the Environment and Energy Operational Programme includes the following goals:
2. Expected impact of investments
The programme anticipates the following impact:
3. Priority axes
Specific objectives of the Environment and Energy Operational Programme include:
The Environment and Energy Operational Programme is structured along the following priority axes:
Priority axis 1: Healthy and clean settlements [approximately 53,1% of total funding]
This priority axis aims to improve environmental conditions of sustainable settlement development and to ensure a satisfactory quality of life, a healthy environment and better life circumstances. To achieve these objectives, intervention in the following areas is foreseen:
Priority axis 2: Good water management [approximately 28.7% of total funding]
The activities financed under this priority axis will focus on two main intervention areas:
Priority axis 3: Wise management of natural assets [approximately 2,8% of total funding]
The conservation of biodiversity will be targeted through the rehabilitation, restoration and sustainable management of NATURA 2000 and other protected natural areas. Measures are planned to reduce the isolation of semi-natural habitats to improve the ecological integrity of the country. The planned interventions are:
Priority axis 4: Increasing the use of renewable energy sources [approximately 5.2% of total funding]
The objective is to influence the structure of energy resources and to promote the shift from traditional to renewable energy sources. Promotion of the following renewable energy sources is foreseen: biomass, waste cooking oil and animal fat, biogas, geothermal, solar (photovoltaic, solar collectors and passive utilisation in buildings), hydro (only efficiency improvement of existing facilities), wind (only local or communal solutions not feeding into the national grid, as long as the grid is not upgraded).
Priority axis 5: Efficient energy use [approximately 3.1% of total funding]
The main goal of this priority axis is to contribute to the annual 1% decrease in energy consumption in line with the Action Plan to improve Energy Efficiency in the European Community. The following interventions are foreseen to improve energy efficiency:
The main indicator to measure the energy intensity of the economy will be energy consumption per unit of GDP.
Priority axis 6: Promotion of sustainable production and consumption habits [approximately 1.6% of total funding]
This priority axis serves the revised Lisbon Agenda in the field of preventive environmental protection. In the area of sustainable production, planned interventions include the preparation of company audits, the definition of Best Available Technologies (BAT), and environmentally friendly product development among just a few. Other planned projects include a sustainable consumption habits campaign, support to sustainability labels, as well as investments and pilot projects promoting sustainable consumption patterns and alternative solutions. A separate intervention focuses on e-environmental protection, which aims for the quantitative and qualitative development of special electronic contents (urban and regional environmental GIS databases, open information systems, etc.).
4. Managing Authority
- National Development Agency for Environment and Energy
- Wesselenyi u. 20-22
- HU-1077 Budapest
- Andor, Tóth
- Tel.: +36 (1) 4749540
- Fax.: +36 1 474 9541
- E-mail.: email@example.com
- Web: http://www.nfu.hu
- Title : Operational Programme 'Environment and Energy'
- Intervention Type : Operational Programme
- CCI no : 2007HU161PO002
- Number of decision : C/2007/3790
- Final approval date : 2007-08-01
- Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Healthy and clean settlements||2 217 569 580||391 335 808||2 608 905 388|
|Good water management||1 199 328 900||211 646 276||1 410 975 176|
|Wise management of natural assets||114 989 621||20 292 286||135 281 907|
|Increasing the use of renewable energy sources||215 113 165||37 961 147||253 074 312|
|Efficient energy use||131 215 775||23 155 725||154 371 500|
|Promotion of sustainable production and consumption habits||65 928 350||11 634 415||77 562 765|
|Project preparation||167 571 738||29 571 483||197 143 221|
|Technical assistance||67 129 212||11 846 332||79 975 544|
|Total||4 178 846 341||737 443 472||4 917 289 813|