Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2010
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Funds to sub-national governments, Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction
Funding:SEK 99 millionper year during 2010-2014

To reinforce energy and climate-related actions at the local and regional level, the Swedish government adopted a statute on state aid for municipalities and county councils that undertake strategic energy efficiency activities in their operations. Municipalities and county councils actively undertaking energy efficiency measures can apply for financial aid from the Swedish Energy Agency as of 1 January 2010. SEK 99 million a year has been reserved for this purpose as part of Swedens five- year national programme of action for energy efficiency during 2010-2014. The aim of the support scheme is twofold. First, to allow municipalities and county councils to set a good example for effective energy use in accordance with the directive of the European Parliament and of the council 2006/32/EG as from 4 May 2006 regarding efficient energy end-use and energy services and annulment of the board directive 93/76/EEG. The second aim is to contribute to and adopt the goals set by the parliament concerning energy efficiency. The municipalities and county councils that receive support are committed to determine a strategy for energy efficiency and to actively work to implement it. The strategy should cover situation analysis, aims, plan of action and the choice of at least two out of six measures described in attachment VI in European Parliament directive for energy services. This could include the purchase of energy efficient products or rentals/ownership of energy efficient buildings. The impacts of energy efficiency measures adopted are reported annually to the Swedish Energy Agency. In addition to providing financial support, the Swedish Energy Agency will give advice and support to the municipalities and county councils regarding energy efficiency. The Swedish Energy Agency has developed guidelines for interpretation of the six motions described in the statute 2009:893 regarding energy efficient motions for authorities. The Swedish Energy Agency organised seminars during Spring 2010 along with the Delegation for sustainable cities, on Energy Efficiency and Climate Smart City Planning across the country. There was much interest and 400 people applied to participate in the seminars. The support scheme will also facilitate improved collaboration between the 21 county administrative boards and municipalities. County administrative boards play an important role in supporting municipalities and the county councils regionally during the application process for the support scheme, as well as during the development of the local strategy, implementation of measures and follow-up activities. This may involve provide support and guidance on a variety of issues, such as road network, education, or other specific questions. The county administrative boards work in association with regional and local players developing and implementing regional climate and energy strategies along with identification, planning and implementation of achievements and measures for a reduced impact on climate and for increased energy efficiency.

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