Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2009
Date Ended:2013
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies, Information and Education>Information provision
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable, Buildings>Non-Residential
Agency:Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery
Funding:2009: EUR 35 billion
Description:In February 2009, the French government launched a plan to improve the energy efficiency of agricultural exploitations. The plan will support the Grenelle de lEnvironment objective of having 30% of agricultural exploitations be low-energy consumption by 2013. As part of the plan six agreements have been signed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing and various public and private organisations (ADEME, GDF-Suez, EDF, the agriculture chamber APCA, Sofiprotéol, Cristal Union, federation of agricultural equipment users FNCUMA). The plan comprises eight streams: 1-Improved evaluation of energy use: The plan will enhance and improve data collection and analysis on agricultural energy use. 2-Implementing energy performance evaluations: The aim of this stream is to establish a system to undertake energy performance evaluations, with the help of ADEME, so as to have 100 000 exploitations evaluated by 2013. These will be accompanied by financial support systems, both for undertaking the evaluation, implementing the recommended measures, and receiving support from local governments. In addition, the plan will develop a common diagnostic tool for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 1 January 2010. 3-Improving the energy efficiency of agricultural equipment: The plan will develop and diffuse an energy-use classification of both new and used tractors. It will also promote regular maintenance and control of agricultural equipment, especially tractors, as this has been shown to reduce energy consumption. 4-Improving the energy efficiency of agricultural production: The plan will provide financial incentives to invest in energy-saving equipment for various agricultural production processes. It also seeks to promote the use of energy performance certificates for agricultural equipment and systems. 5-Promoting the use of renewable energy: The plan will seek to promote the use of methane for energy production and support investment in other renewable energy equipment such as biomass heaters, hot-water heaters and driers, as well as solar PV systems. 6-Addressing special needs of overseas territories: The above activities are to be adapted for overseas territories and their crops, and will include renewable energy pilot projects and the promotion of sugar cane bagasse as an energy source. 7-Promoting research and innovation; this will involve a needs assessment, deployment activities and financial and technical support innovative activities. 8-Monitoring, reporting and communication on the plans activities, including designating responsibility and establishing the necessary institutions at both the national and regional level. Investments must be at a minimum EUR 2000 to be eligible for support. Qualifying energy-saving and renewable energy equipment qualify for investment support of 40%, to a maximum of EUR 40 000, or EUR 150 000 for a cooperative. Investment support goes up to 50% if the applicant has the status of Young Farmer. Examples of qualifying equipment include building insulation, milk pre-coolers, engine test stands, heat recovery equipment, solar water heaters, biomass heaters, heat exchangers and solar heaters. Engine test stands for tractors can benefit from investment support of up to 75%, to a maximum of EUR 250 000. For anaerobic digestion units, the maximum amount is EUR 500 000. For 2009, the plan has received funding of EUR 35 billion, of which EUR 30 billion have been allocated as part of the French governments economic stimulus plan.

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