Energy Efficiency Financing Support on EU level – brief summary

Type of support

Name of the support

Brief specification

European funds channelled through Operational Programmes in Member States

Cohesion Fund

Investments on key priority areas – see managing authorities:10

  • promoting the production, distribution and use of energy derived from renewable sources
  • supporting energy efficiency and smart energy management
  • investing in the waste sector and water sector
  • improving the urban environment, including decontamination of brownfield sites
  • supporting a multimodal Single European Transport Area
  • developing and improving environmentally-friendly (including low-noise) and low-carbon transport systems in order to promote sustainable regional and local mobility
  • developing and upgrading comprehensive, high quality rail, river and sea transport, intermodal transport systems and their interoperability.


Investments on key priority areas – see managing authorities: 10

  • innovation and research
  • information and communication technologies
  • competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • the low-carbon economy

Direct funding from the European Commission

Horizon 2020

Projects focused on "Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy":14

  • energy efficiency
  • low carbon technologies
  • smart cities and communities

Projects focused on "Climate Action, Environment, Resource efficiency and Raw materials" building a low-carbon, climate resilient future. 16

Connecting Europe Facility


Projects of common interest in the energy sector, namely in electricity and gas. The support projects geared at the following objectives:

  • ending energy isolation
  • increasing competitiveness by promoting the integration on the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders
  • enhancing the Union's security of supply
  • integrating energy from renewable sources and developing smart energy networks
  • eliminating energy bottlenecks
  • completion of the internal energy market


Traditional projects are best-practice, demonstration, pilot, information, awareness-raising or dissemination projects that cover the following priority areas:

  • Nature & Biodiversity Environment & Resource Efficiency
  • Environmental Governance & Information
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Climate Governance & Information

Territorial cooperation


Support for

  • SECAP implementation (soft measures, e.g. awareness raising, stakeholders’ involvement)
  • SECAP implementation (hard measures)
  • SECAP preparation
  • SECAP development

Direct funding to public bodies and SMEs for developing bankable projects


Supports projects in the sector of energy efficiency and partly small-scale renewable energy


Support for

  • costs related to feasibility and market studies
  • programme structuring, business plans
  • energy audits and financial structuring
  • preparation of tendering procedures, contractual arrangements and project implementation units


Horizon 2020 PDA

Technical assistance for proposals focusing on:

  • existing public and private buildings including social housing, with the aim to significantly decrease energy consumption
  • energy efficiency of industry and service
  • energy efficiency in all modes of urban transport
  • energy efficiency in existing infrastructures such as street lighting, district heating/cooling and water/wastewater services



Technical assistance for proposals focusing on:

  • expansion of gas distribution and storage facilities  ions
  • building wind farms, solar rooftops, geothermic and biomass facilities
  • rehabilitating district heating plants and networks
  • retrofit old buildings for a higher energy performance 
  • decontaminating polluted sites 
  • establishing and extending integrated waste management systems 
  • building waste-to-energy facilities to recover energy from waste and reduce landfilling of waste


Support for

  • creation of new business or expansion of existing ones
  • access to investment capital by enterprises (particularly SMEs) to modernise and diversify their activities, develop new products, secure and expand market access
  • business oriented research and development, technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • technological modernisation of productive structures to help reach low carbon economy targets
  • productive investments which create and safeguard sustainable jobs


Supporting projects in the following areas:

  • urban infrastructure - including transport, water/waste water, energy
  • heritage or cultural sites - for tourism or other sustainable uses
  • redevelopment of brownfield sites - including site clearance and decontamination
  • creation of new commercial floor space for SMEs, IT and/or R&D sectors
  • university buildings - medical, biotech and other specialised facilities
  • energy efficiency improvements.


Its objective is to:

  • disseminate good practice in the EU as regards microcredit lending.
  • support the development of microcredit providers active in the European Union in various fields such as institutional governance, information systems, risk management and strategic planning (capacity building).
  • help these intermediaries become sustainable and viable operators on commercial terms.