Climate change mitigation projects receive a record sum of EUR 66 mln.2017-02-20
Last year, funds worth EUR 66 mln. were used for climate change mitigation projects under the Special Climate Change Programme administered by the Ministry of Environment. This is a truly record sum, compared to EUR 0.05 mln. disbursed in 2011, the year this programme was launched. The amount used in 2012 was EUR 2.2 mln., in 2013 EUR 14.9 mln., in 2014 EUR 40 mln. and in 2015 EUR 43.6 mln.
According to Vitalijus Auglys, Director of the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Environment, the greater share of the EUR 66 mln. amount used last year was funds for the increase of energy efficiency. They included support for the renovation of multi-apartment houses (EUR 46.7 mln.), hospitals and other public buildings (EUR 10.9 mln.) as well as of individual houses (EUR 0.3 mln.).
Quite many subsidies were granted also to projects promoting the use of renewable energy resources, such as the installation of biofuel boilers in public buildings and district heating enterprises (EUR 4.8 mln.), the use of solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy in public buildings (EUR 1.5 mln.) and projects implemented in individual houses (EUR 0.5 mln.). In addition, EUR 0.3 mln. was used for the installation of solar power plants in developing countries and for the contribution to the Green Climate Fund.
The Special Climate Change Programme is designed to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions with financial instruments. The main source of its funds is proceeds from the sale of emission allowances at auctions of the European Energy Exchange. The funds of the programme are allocated under the procedure set out by the Minister of Environment.
In 2011–2016, subsidies were granted to more than 260 projects carried out by undertakings and institutions and to over 2 000 projects implemented in individual houses, and state aid was provided to more than 1 000 projects on the renovation of multi-apartment buildings.