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INFINITE Solutions (INnovative FINancIng for Local SusTainable Energy Solutions) is a project launched in the beginning of 2014 under the IEE programme.

Local authorities involved in the INFINITE Solutions project are located in countries which will benefit from the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and which will need to implement the new Energy Efficiency Directive.

These policies will support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and in particular energy-efficiency upgrades in public and private buildings via innovative financing instruments rather than grants. This will require strong technical, financial, legal and coordination skills and expertise which are currently missing, thus hindering policy implementation.

INFINITE partners will carry out peer coaching activities aiming at developing the expertise of local staff and at replicating two proved financing schemes tested by the cities of Stuttgart (DE) and Delft (NL) in learning local authorities:

  • 4 local authorities - Agueda (PT), Almada (PT), Udine (IT), Koprivnica (HR), committed to implement their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs)’ measures in the public sector, will create a revolving fund linked to internal contracting (intracting) financing scheme.
  • 5 local authorities - Brussels-Capital Region (BE), Frederikshavn (DK), Riga (LV), Parma (IT) and CU Bordeaux (FR), committed to implement actions in the private building sector will create a revolving fund linked to soft loans financing scheme.
PROJECT INFORMATION
Programme IEE - Intelligent Energy Europe
Leader Energy Cities
Partners Energy Cities (coordinator)
2 tutor cities: Delft (NL) & Stuttgart (DE)
9 learning local authorities: Brussels-Capital Region (BE), Agueda (PT), Almada (PT), Udine (IT), Parma (IT), Frederikshavn (DK), Koprivnica (HR), CU Bordeaux (FR), Riga (LV).
Project website www.energy-cities.eu/infinitesolutions
Contact Jana Cicmanova - Project manager

Comparative analysis

"Financing schemes increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public and private buildings"

Energy Cities has identified 9 existing local and regional financing schemes aiming at increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public and private buildings, which are usually the biggest energy consumer at local level. They are presented in this study.

Financing schemes increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public and private buildings Financing schemes increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public and private buildings

Comparative analysis
In the framework of the INFINITE Solutions project, Energy Cities identified and describe 9 existing local, regional and national financing schemes aiming at increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewables at local level.



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City/CountryFundType of beneficiaries*Type of financial support provided
Almada (PT) The Less Carbon Climate Fund MUN municipal investments
Amsterdam (NL) The Amsterdam Investment Fund PRIV, BUSI, ASSO loans, seed funding
Brussels-Capital Region (BE) The Brussels Green Loan Scheme PRIV grants, loans, guarantees
Centre Region (FR) Regional Investment and Guarantee Fund & Regional Schemes Targeting Private Housing MUN, BUSI, ASSO, PRIV grants, loans, guarantees
Delft (NL) Energy Saving Fund and Soft Loans Scheme PRIV, ASSO loans
Estonia Kredex Revolving Fund PRIV grants, loans
Ile de France Region (FR) A semi-public company Energies Posit’IF PRIV loans
Lithuania JESSICA Holding Fund PRIV grants, loans
Rhône-Alpes Region (FR) Local Public Company – SPL OSER MUN loans

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MUN: municipalities and/or municipal companies
BUSI: SMEs and businesses
ASSO: community organisations, associations, NGOs
PRIV: private housing owners

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