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How to finance the Sustainable Energy Action Plans ?

On the 10th of October 2013, a capacity building workshop and networking session was organised in Brussels focusing on alternative financing schemes to support implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans.


The workshop was organised by Energy Cities in the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe funded NET-COM project and the ManagEnergy initiative. It gathered 50 participants, mainly representing associations of local authorities, Covenant of mayors Supporters and Coordinators, regions and municipalities.

The workshop focused on the EU Structural and Cohesion Funds and gave insights on the planning of the next programming period 2014-2020 during which 20% of the EU budget will be earmarked for climate-related measures.

These funds offer non-negligible sums to local authorities, regions and their associations. Speakers and participants discussed how to spend them efficiently – by combining grants and revolving financing instruments such as loans, guarantees and other alternative financing tools such as cooperative funds or energy performance contracting.

A number of successful projects showcasing existing revolving mechanisms were presented. Julien Dijol from Housing Europe showed examples of housing associations using ERDF funding as leverage for private funding, citing Retrofit South East programme (UK). Junona Bumelyte from the European Investment Bank presented Lithuanian JESSICA holding fund which is financing large renovation works in the blocks of flats. Adrien Bulier from EACI highlighted gaps and obstacles hindering SEAPs financing and showcased how local and regional authorities who benefit from the MLEI project development assistance managed to overcome them thanks to the use of alternative financing tools.

In the afternoon 6 local best practices were shared focusing on soft loans, EPC, ESCO models, crowd funding or cooperatives, internal revolving fund and projects financed by Structural Funds in the 2007-2013 programming period.


Presentations

Investing in sustainable energy with the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy
Mathieu FICHTER, European Commission, DG REGIO
Using structural funds as a leverage for financing of the energy transition : the past experience and future opportunities
Julien DIJOL, Housing Europe
Financing Energy Efficiency Towards 2020
Stefano PANIGHETTI, European Commission, DG ENER
Innovative financing tolls tested in the framework of the JESSICA Holding Fund in Lithuania
Junona BUMELYTE, European Investment Bank
Alternative financing schemes led by local and regional authorities: an overview of MLEI PDA projects
Adrien BULLIER, EACI

Innovative financing instruments used by local and regional authorities

Soft loans provided by the Bruxelles-Capitale region for energy retrofitting of buildings
Françoise ONCLINCX, Bruxelles Capitale (BE)
Energy savings in municipal buildings in South Østerdal: EPC as an efficient tool in municipalities with limited resources. Cooperation and project bundling to optimise the efforts and results.
Alf Kristian ENGER, Regional Council for South Osterdal (NO)
Renovation of the public building stock via an ESCO-model & The Cooperative Investment Fund
Patrick BOUCNEAU, Province of Limburg (BE)
Renewable energy co-operatives: allies of regional and local authorities
Dirk VANSINTJAN, RESCOOP
Almada’s “Less Carbon Climate Fund”: Levering local resources together with structural funds for sustainability
João CLETO, City of Almada (PT)
Electric bicycles scheme co-financed via Structural Funds - video
Célia MORAIS LARANJEIRA, City of Agueda (PT)

Pictures from the event (Christian Vassie)

Project coordinated by Energy Cities,Supported by Intelligent Energy – Europe: for a sustainable future and ADEME