Financing sustainable energy action plans

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In collaboration with NETCOM, the ManagEnergy networking event How to combine EU Structural and Cohesion Funds with other finance brought together representatives of local authority associations and with speakers from leading EU funding initiatives to look at the opportunities for sustainable energy in the 2014-2020 funding period and learn from successful projects.

Mathieu Fichter (DG REGIO) said that there is a critical period between now and next summer, during which local sustainable energy actors may seek to contribute to in-country Operational Programmes. Learn more about the negotiation process here . The shift to a low-carbon economy is a key priority under 2014-2020 cohesion policy. Energy efficiency, in particular in buildings, is emphasised. Energy efficiency and renewables and innovation are high on the agenda - see the full presentation here .

Julien Dijol from Housing Europe showed examples of housing associations using ERDF funding as leverage for private loans, citing Retrofit South East (UK). New instruments of interest include renovation loans and integrated territorial investment. He also noted that community led local development must be included in the Partnership Agreements for community groups and other local actors to be able to access funds.

Read more and download presentations from this event here