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Collbaborative Actions for Triggering Investments in Sustainable Energy Actions using Regional and Structural Funds (SF-ENERGY INVEST)

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The Structural and Cohesion Funds (SCF) represent a huge potential for funding the implementation of sustainable energy action plans in regions and cities. However, results from the former projects dealing with the use of structural funds for sustainable energy projects have identified several barriers for using SCF to fund sustainable energy project. The SF-Energy Invest project is set-up to tackle these barriers, with the aim to increase the share of SCF money that is spent on sustainable energy within the final phase of the programming period 2007-2013. Target groups include the potential beneficiaries under energy-related Operational Programmes of SCF, in particular municipalities participating in the Covenant of Mayors. Also, the managing authorities of the Structural and Cohesion Funds play an important role, as well as other stakeholders such as banks. On the one hand the project will provide practical support in the development of SCF project proposals in pilot regions and on the other hand will increase awareness through EU mobilisation campaigns. In addition, the project will identify recommendations for the upcoming SCF programming period 2014-2020.

Results

  • Increase of awareness in the EU on the benefits of fully realising the funding potential that SCF offer for sustainable energy investments, as well as the importance of these investments for economic development, through the mobilisation campaigns in 9 regions, in particular those linked to the Covenant of Mayors
  • Providing a clear set of recommendations in using energy-related Operational Programmes under SCF, their eligibility criteria, administrative processes and decision making procedures
  • Innovative financing schemes particularly addressing the pre-financing and co-financing of projects under SCF
  • Creating a framework for exchange of information and experience through the 9 mobilisation campaigns, international events, panel discussion and workshops, bringing together stakeholders from all fields
  • Providing practical recommendations to improve the framework conditions and practical implementation of SCF programmes in the upcoming period 2014 – 2020, targeting DG REGIO and DG ENER as well as stakeholders in member states with a focus on the Managing Authorities
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Lessons learned

  • The project already gathered information on the suitable operational programmes in the selected countries for investing in the RES and EE fields
  • The project team has reached managing authorities and projects developers to contribute to the developement of recommendations
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Contact

NL Agency
Netherlands
Contact point: 
Name: 
Antoinet Smits
Tel: 
003146 4202 358
Name: 
Miett Tajthy-Carmelitano
Tel: 
0031-46-4202 304
Name: 
Mr Sliman Abu Amara
Name: 
Herman Gels
Tel: 
+ 31 30 214 78 37
Name: 
Miett Tajthy-Carmelitano
Tel: 
+31-30 214 7953
Name: 
Peter Wilbers
Tel: 
0031 30 239 35 01
Name: 
Lex Bosselaar
Tel: 
0031 30 2393 495
Name: 
Dr John Neeft
Tel: 
+31 88 6022 605
Name: 
Peter Wilbers
Tel: 
0031 30 239 35 01
Name: 
Nicole van Beeck
Tel: 
0031 30 239 3504
Name: 
Neeft john
Tel: 
+31 88 6022 605

Budget

In brief

Duration:
01/07/2010 to 31/12/2012
Contract number: 
IEE/09/681

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