Investment Categories

The European Energy Efficiency Fund can invest in three categories of projects:

Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency investments include:

  • Public and private buildings incorporating renewable energy and/or energy efficiency solutions including those based on the usage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),
  • Investments in high energy efficient combined heat and power (CHP), including micro-cogeneration, and district heating/cooling networks, in particular from renewable energy sources,
  • Local infrastructure, including efficient lighting of outdoor public infrastructure such as street and traffic lighting, electricity storage solutions, smart metering, and smart grids, that make full usage of ICT
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies with innovation and economic potential using the best available procedures

Investments in Renewable Energy sources include:

  • Distributed generation from local renewable energy sources, to medium and low voltage (110kV and lower) distribution networks,
  • Smart-grids enabling higher renewable energy sources uptake,
  • Energy storage to allow storing part of the energy produced from intermittent sources during low-consumption hours and feeding this energy back at times of peak-demand
  • Decentralised energy sources can also be the injecting of locally produced biogas into the natural gas network
  • Microgeneration from renewable energy sources meaning distributed energy from renewable energy, typically providing below 50kW output that is concerned with heat and/or power production technology aimed at the individual domestic households, houses of multiple occupancy, multiple dwellings, and light commercial sectors. The technologies include but are not limited to photovoltaic, micro-wind power, micro-hydro power, ground-, water- and air source heat pumps, solar heating, solid biomass/biogas heating, and micro CHP using renewable energy sources

Investments in Clean Urban Transport include:

  • Clean urban transport to support increased energy efficiency and integration of renewable energy sources, with an emphasis on public transport, electric and hydrogen vehicles and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The projects will support a progressive substitution of oil by alternative fuels and the development of vehicles which consume less energy and generate fewer pollutant emissions