Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has announced a new Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme providing support of €165m per year.

The programme will replace a previously proposed tax incentive regime for energy-efficient renovations that could not be agreed on with the Länder or federal states.
Sigmar Gabriel
Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the Energy-Efficiency Incentive Programme would complement existing support under the CO2 Renovation Programme and the Renewable Energy Incentive Programme for the Heating Market.

Support will be provided in four areas – Investment grants for fuel cell heating systems to make up for the comparatively high costs, more funding for efficient heating systems, and special funding for increasing energy-efficiency and residential value at the same time.

Promoting the energy-efficiency of buildings is a core element of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Starting in 2015 the government wanted to spend one billion euros over a period of five years to provide tax reductions for owners of private homes and apartments.