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Berlin, Germany
January 01, 2016

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme (APEE) Launched

On January 01, 2016, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched its new Energy Efficiency Incentive programme which provides support for the modernisation of heating and ventilation systems in the home. 

The aim of the programme is to create a stimulus for innovation and investment in the energy transition in household heating. A total of €165 million will be available each year for a period of 3 years, provided in the form of low-interest loans and interest subsidies.

The Energy Efficiency Incentive programme builds upon and strengthens the range of support measures that is already available. Home-owners who would like to replace their heating system or install a ventilation system are eligible to apply for additional support. For the very first time, support is also provided for efficient combi-solutions.

The heating package makes funding available for the installation of particularly efficient heating systems, including measures to optimise the heating system as a whole (including radiators and pipes). This serves to promote a changeover to more efficient gas-based heating systems or heating systems based on renewables.

Applications for support for the ventilation and heating package for persons wishing to install a heating system based on fossil fuels can be made using the long-established application procedure part of the KfW Energy-Efficient Modernisation programme, either in the form of a grant or a loan. Grants for the heating or ventilation package, for example, will be raised from 10% to 15% of the investment costs.

Applications for support for the heating package for persons wishing to install heating systems based on renewables can be made using the time-tested application procedure part of the market incentive programme to promote measures to use renewables in the heating market. Those applying for the heating package are also eligible to apply for a further 20% of the level of the funding amount that has previously been granted for heating-system replacements under the market incentive programme, and for a further 600€ for heating system optimisation. 

Further information on specific terms that apply can be found on the website of The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA)

Source: Press release of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, BMWi) from December 21, 2015

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