Country:Czech Republic
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2000
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives, Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education>Information provision, Information and Education>Professional training and qualification
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministry of Industry and Trade, Energy Efficiency Department
Legal References:Energy Management Act (Act No. 406/2000 Coll.)
Funding:CZK 80 Million in 2016

This national subsidy programme was implementing a strategic action document: "National programme for the energy management and the use of renewable sources of energy". In the past, 15 sectors were involved. Nowadays, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is the only programme administrator. The Call for applications is revised each year. Applicants include enterprises (legal entities and individuals), non-profit organisations, universities, regions, towns and municipalities. Programme targets include the implementation of savings measures in the areas of generation, transmission, distribution and consumption of energy; and higher use of renewable and secondary sources of energy and the development of cogeneration of heat, cooling and electricity.

Support for energy planning and certification of buildings: territorial energy planning; action plans for reconstruction or refurbishment of building resources; plans for energy saving in industrial enterprises; plans for construction of centres for use of municipal waste for energy purposes; certificates of energy intensity of buildings. Support for energy generation and distribution facilities: increased efficiency of energy use in energy generation and distribution facilities; combined generation of heat and electricity; higher use of renewable and secondary sources of energy. Support for measures aimed at increasing the efficiency of energy use: decreased energy intensity of industrial plant; comprehensive measures aimed at decreasing the energy intensity of buildings used in education, health services and public utilities; comprehensive measures aimed at decreasing the energy intensity of housing; low energy and passive solar housing; comprehensive measures aimed at decreasing the energy intensity in lighting; projects financed through energy savings. Support for consultancy, education, promotion and awareness with respect to the economical use of energy, affecting the safeguarding of the environment: consultancy; regional energy agencies; education and promotion; preparation of products in support of consultancy, education and promotion.


On 20 November 2013, the Czech government approved the State Programme to Promote Energy Savings and Use of Renewable and Secondary Energy Sources 2014. The Programme aims to stimulate interest in energy savings and use of renewable energy sources. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) is the only body complying with the initial intention of the government and systematically supporting energy savings.

The programme is set up under the provisions of § 5 of the Energy Management Act and is also one of the tools to ensure that international commitments, in particular the reduction of the energy consumption share in GDP by 1% per year (according to Directive 2006/32/EC), increasing the share of electricity from renewable sources to 20% and reducing energy consumption by 20% in 2020 (according to Europe's 2020 strategy). A national savings target of 47.84 PJ of final energy consumption by 2020 was also adopted.

"The priority of the programme is the education and training of lay people and professionals, assistance to statutory cities and regions in implementing energy management and support for small investment projects with direct energy savings especially for cities and villages, but also for small business projects”, said the Minister of Industry and Trade Jiří Cienciala. Compared with the operational programmes, the EFEKT programme does not have a significant budget (CZK 30 million has been allocated for 2014) but it still plays a vital role especially in areas that cannot be financed from EU Structural Funds. "The indisputable advantage of this programme is a lower administrative burden for applicants when compared with operational programmes, as well as a support provided ex ante, i.e. before the implementation of the project, which facilitates the implementation of challenging savings measures also by small businesses and small communities”, said the Minister.

The MIT places emphasis on the support of the implementation of energy management projects, where the category of applicants has been extended to include cities with more than 20 000 inhabitants, as well as on promotion of energy-saving projects undertaken by through Energy Performance Contracting. EFEKT remains the only grant title from which it is possible to obtain subsidies for the revitalisation of public lighting.

Projects could be registered until 28 February 2014. Requests for a grant for energy consulting and information centres (EKIS), however, had to be prepared before the end of 2014. All information, including the necessary forms and precise instructions for proposals are available online.

Last modified: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:38:48 CET