Country:Germany
Year:2001 (amended 2006)
Policy status:Superseded
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2001 (amended 2006)
Date Ended:September 2009
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Loans
Energy Efficiency Policy Targets:Buildings, Building Type
Renewable Energy Policy Targets:Solar Thermal
Size of Plant Targeted:Small
Climate Change Policy Targets:Buildings
Agency:Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)
URL:http://www.kfw-foerderbank.de/EN_Home/Programmes_for_residential_buildings/Energy-Efficient_Rehabilitation.jsp
Energy Efficiency Description:

The Climate Protection Programme for Existing Buildings was launched in January 2001 to provide financial support to the activity It is a modernisation programme for existing buildings to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Between 2001 and 2005 about 95.000 reduced interest rate loans worth Eur 5 bn were approved. Modernisation of heating installations, thermal insulation and replacement of windows in more than 300.000 dwelling was supported by these loans. In 2006, the programme was furnished with means of Eur 1 bn per year until 2009 (means until 2011 are promised) and relaunched with improved conditions. In August 2008, an extra EUR 500 million was provided, as the EUR 900 million envelope ear-marked for 2008 was nearly exhausted. Reduced interest rate loans are approved for the modernisation of existing building to the energy level of a newly built houses pursuant to the Energy Conservation Ordinance or 30% below that level for buildings built before 1984. These modernisation receive a partial debt relief as additional benefit. Furthermore there are four special packages for buildings built before 1995. The first three packages support the modernisation of heating installations, the change of the heating system to more energy-efficient sources, the thermal insulation of the building shell, the replacement of windows and some other measures in standardised combinations. The fourth package is flexible. An expert has to confirm that the modernisation is reasonable. Every modernisation leads to 40 kg CO2 reduction as a general rule. In 2006 more than 180.000 loans worth about 9,6 bn were approved to energy conservation activities in more than 265.000 dwellings. Loans are provided with an interest rate below market level. Since January 2007 non-repayable grants are also available. Since the programme began in 2001, over 628 000 homes have been renovated, with loans totalling EUR 12.05 billion. The government estimates that renovations undertaken in 2005, 2006 and 2007 avoided the emission of 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year. In November 2008, the German government increased funding for the programme by EUR 3 billion over 2009-11 as part of its economic stimulus package.

Renewable Energy Description:

The CO2 Reduction Programme primarily supports energy saving measures in the residential sector. Installations of renewable energy technologies for heating purposes may also be eligible for this support. The Reconstruction Loan Corporation (KfW) is responsible for this programme. Loans are provided with an interest rate below market level. Since January 2007 non-repayable grants are also available.

Climate Change Description:

The Climate Protection Programme for Existing Buildings was launched in January 2001 to provide financial support to the activity It is a modernisation programme for existing buildings to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Between 2001 and 2005 about 95.000 reduced interest rate loans worth Eur 5 bn were approved. Modernisation of heating installations, thermal insulation and replacement of windows in more than 300.000 dwelling was supported by these loans. In 2006, the programme was furnished with means of Eur 1 bn per year until 2009 (means until 2011 are promised) and relaunched with improved conditions. In August 2008, an extra EUR 500 million was provided, as the EUR 900 million envelope ear-marked for 2008 was nearly exhausted. Reduced interest rate loans are approved for the modernisation of existing building to the energy level of a newly built houses pursuant to the Energy Conservation Ordinance or 30% below that level for buildings built before 1984. These modernisation receive a partial debt relief as additional benefit. Furthermore there are four special packages for buildings built before 1995. The first three packages support the modernisation of heating installations, the change of the heating system to more energy-efficient sources, the thermal insulation of the building shell, the replacement of windows and some other measures in standardised combinations. The fourth package is flexible. An expert has to confirm that the modernisation is reasonable. Every modernisation leads to 40 kg CO2 reduction as a general rule. In 2006 more than 180.000 loans worth about 9,6 bn were approved to energy conservation activities in more than 265.000 dwellings. Loans are provided with an interest rate below market level. Since January 2007 non-repayable grants are also available. Since the programme began in 2001, over 628 000 homes have been renovated, with loans totalling EUR 12.05 billion. The government estimates that renovations undertaken in 2005, 2006 and 2007 avoided the emission of 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year. In November 2008, the German government increased funding for the programme by EUR 3 billion over 2009-11 as part of its economic stimulus package.

This record is superseded by:KfW-Programme Energy-Efficient Rehabilitation (Energieeffizient Sanieren)

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