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1 1 Cohesion Policy support for Sustainable Energy Brussels, 11 October 2011 Maud SKÄRINGER European Commission Directorate-General for Regional Policy

2 2 Cohesion Policy Cohesion Policy ( 347 billion) European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Cohesion Fund European Social Fund (ESF) DG REGIO DG EMPLOYMENT

3 3 Cohesion Policy Convergence objective: regions with GDP per capita under 75% of the EU average. 81.5% of the funds are spent on this objective. Regional competitiveness and employment objective.

4 4 Cohesion Policy for Sustainable Energy billion for EE & RES

5 5 Allocations to Energy Sector as % of total allocations per MS Source: Infoview 2009

6 6 Progress Sustainable Energy priorities RES and EE: 9.3 billion planned Average project selection rate for RES and EE taken together: 38% by end 2010 (overall cohesion policy average 52%) RES showing slower implementation (26%), in particular biomass

7 7 Types of projects – Examples – RES Research and Technological Development e.g. DK, DE, AT Pilot projects and innovation e.g. LU, NL, PT Cluster development e.g. DE, FR, AT, PL, FI Use of renewables by SMEs e.g. DE, IT, AT, PL, SK Heating, cooling and cogeneration e.g. BE, EE, ES, CY, LV, LT, HU, MT, SI Awareness raising e.g. BE, CY Electricity generation e.g. BE, IT, LU, PL, RO, SK, FI, SE Source: Expert Evaluation Network reports on RES and EE in housing:

8 8 Types of projects – Examples – EE Energy efficiency in housing e.g. BE, BG, CZ, EE, EL, FR, IT, LV, LT, MT, NL, PL, PT, UK Energy efficiency in public buildings e.g. CZ nationwide programme of refurbishment of public buildings, for instance in schools Energy efficiency in SMEs e.g. BG scheme developed with the EIB Nine JESSICA funds with energy component set up in eight MS: BG, EE, LT, ES, IT, PL, PT, UK Revolving fund for EE in housing set up in EL Set-up of additional financial engineering instruments with an energy component currently considered in a couple of further MS

9 9 Enhancing Regional Policy delivery of Sustainable Growth in EU regions Invest moreInvest better Low- Carbon Economy Eco- innovation Ecosystem services Better Governance Climate resilience and resource efficiency Mainstream Sustainable Develop- ment principles in project cycle Communication (2011)17 Regional Policy supporting sustainable growth in Europe 2020

10 10 Commission Proposal for Multiannual Financial Framework – Proposed Budget for Cohesion Policy Billion EUR (2011 prices) Cohesion Fund*68.7 Less developed regions (Convergence)162.6 Transition regions39.0 More developed regions (Competitiveness)53.1 Territorial cooperation11.7 Extra allocation for outermost and sparsely populated regions 0.9 TOTAL336.0 Connecting Europe facility for transport, energy and ICT 40.0 TOTAL * Cohesion Fund will ringfence 10 billion EUR for the new Connecting Europe Facility

11 11 Key Action Areas ERDF Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors Production and distribution of RES EE and RES in SMEs EE and RES in public infrastructures and residential buildings Smart distribution systems Low-carbon strategies for urban areas Cohesion Fund Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors Production and distribution of RES EE and RES in SMEs EE and RES in public infrastructures Smart distribution systems Low-carbon strategies for urban areas Click to add text

12 12 Earmarking Earmarking of ERDF resources for thematic priority supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors: at least 20% in more developed and transition regions at least 6% in less developed regions Minimum EUR 17 bn for low-carbon economy in

13 Covenant of Mayors Energy Policy in support of Local and Regional Actors Europe 2020 will not be achieved without active involvement of empowered local and regional actors Multi-level governance is needed Recognition of role of cities and regions in the EU energy policy: Action plan on Urban mobility (2009), SET-Plan - Smart Cities(2009), Energy Strategy 2020 (2010), Energy Efficiency Plan (2011) Cohesion Policy provides space for mobilisation of local and regional actors towards sustainable energy investments Covenant of Mayors is a platform for inter-institutional cooperation, built on the principles of participatory democracy and subsidiarity Common objectives and support is fixed at EU level, but ACTION takes place on the local level

14 700 Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted so far

15 15 Cohesion Policy – More information Cohesion Policy Project Examples: Policy Learning Database: Expert Evaluation Network reports on RES and EE in housing: COCOF technical meeting on sustainable energy March 2011: Regions for Economic Change Conference May 2010 Energy efficiency workshop (2A): Commisssion proposals for Cohesion Policy : List of Cohesion Policy funds Managing Authorities: Practical Guide to EU funding opportunities for Research and Innovation:


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