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European Commission - Fact Sheet

The Investment Plan for Europe and Energy: making the Energy Union a reality

Brussels, 14 June 2016

Energy efficiency, renewables, smart grids: with 24 financed projects and 29% of the available funding channelled into the energy sector, the Investment Plan For Europe is driving the Commission's goal of building an Energy Union forward.

From renovating buildings to make them energy efficient in France, to a new onshore wind farm in Sweden, 11 Member States have received support for sustainable, low-carbon projects which are in line with the EU's energy and climate goals. An additional €16.9 billion in investment is expected in sustainable and low-carbon energy projects over the coming years.

The Investment plan for Europe and the Energy Union are making change real, just one year after their launch. With key projects in energy infrastructure (in particular interconnections), renewable energy and energy efficiency, the financial cornerstone of the Investment Plan (EFSI, European Fund for Strategic investments)has allocated to the energy sector 29% of financing approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB). This adds up to the actions undertaken to leverage investments for small and medium enterprises (SME), in particular through the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has channelled EUR 3.5 billion for 185[1] SME financing agreements in the energy sector. Altogether, these operations in the energy sector are expected to have the knock-on effect of attracting additional investments of over EUR €16.9 billion in the coming years.

"The ambition to create an Energy Union is a priority for the Juncker Commission. The money we save on oil and gas imports and at the pump creates room for manoeuvre for intelligent, forward-looking investments in energy efficiency, renewables, innovation and modern energy infrastructure, all key objectives of the Energy Union. It also provides a window of opportunity to reduce and phase out fossil fuel subsidies", said theVice-President Jyrki Katainen.

"The Paris Climate Agreement has sent a clear message: the transition into a low carbon and climate-resilient economy is now irreversible. European industry is at the forefront, but when the market alone does not deliver the investments we need, then public money can be used wisely. We need to leverage private investments through public support, in particular when it comes to building interconnections and infrastructure, energy efficiency and renewable energy" added Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

Investing where it is needed

Energy efficiency projects are often fragmented and relatively small-scale. As a result, they generate high transaction costs for lenders, a relatively high risk-perception from financiers and unclear underlying business cases for the corporate world. These factors explain the current under-investment in energy efficiency projects. EFSI aims to make a difference to the availability of long-term financing for energy efficiency projects: it helps de-risk energy efficiency operations, up-scale existing financial instruments or create specific investment tools that enable a pooling of capital resources and bundling of investment projects into larger portfolios.

Bringing change in the real world

The 24 projects already funded are helping to achieve a carbon-free electricity sector. By 2030 half of all Europe's electricity will be powered by renewables and it will be carbon-free in about 35 years. A smart meters project in the UK, the construction of affordable energy efficiency housing units in France and the creation of an infrastructure investment fund to support financing for larger renewable energy projects, in wind, biomass and the transmission of electricity generated offshore in Denmark are expected to contribute to reaching the 2030 energy and climate goals, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Beyond financing

In addition to funding, the EU helps to make investments easier, more predictable and more attractive. Energy stakeholders, both from the public and the private sector, can benefit from technical assistance by registering a project to reach potential investors worldwide through the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP); up to now, more than one third of the submitted projects are energy-related, mostly in renewables sector, with Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania as leading submitters. They can also make use of the advisory servicesof the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH), who is engaging proactively in energy efficiency as well as in emerging areas such as smart cities or electro-mobility; it devotes a particular attention to public-private partnerships and cross-border projects[2].

Making funding accessible

Opportunities to secure financingunder EFSI are available on the EIB website. Projects can be directly submitted by promoters to the EIB or to established investment platforms, such as "IF Tri en Nord-Pas-de-Calais", a regional investment platform in the North of France. Infrastructure and innovation projects can consult the dedicated EIB webpage.Small and medium enterprises can consult a dedicated EIF page SME Window implemented through the EIF.

Background

The Investment Plan for Europe is the European Commission's tool to kick-start sustainable growth in Europe. Its cornerstone, EFSI, supports investments and provides financing instruments for risky operations. It is an initiative launched jointly by the EIB, the EIF and the European Commission. The Investment Plan for Europe goes beyond EFSI, and provides other funding opportunities to the energy sector, such as: the European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF), an innovative public-private partnership dedicated to mitigating climate change through energy efficiency measures and renewables; the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency (PF4EE), a financial instrument funded by the EU through the LIFE programme and implemented via the EIB; the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for trans-European energy infrastructure projects; and the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF), with a dedicated fund for energy efficiency.

More information 

[1] As of 19 May 2016

[2] http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/sites/beta-political/files/1_en_act_part1_v11.pdf

 

Annex I

EFSI financing in the energy sector

(projects approved by EFSI Investment Board as of 24 May 2016)

1. Share and value (in mln EUR) of EFSI investments in energy projects per sub-sector

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 2. Share and value (in mln EUR) of the expected triggered investments per sub-sector

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 3. Share and value (in mln EUR) of EFSI investments in energy projects per Member State

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 Annex II

List of approved energy-related EFSI projects

All values in Million Euro

Value of EFSI investment

Sub-sector

Value of expected triggered investment

PROGRAMME EE FRENCH PRIVATE HOUSING (France)

Energy efficiency renovation of residential buildings

400

energy efficiency

800

COPENHAGEN INFRASTRUCTURE II Project (DK)

Infrastructure fund investing in larger renewable energy projects, with a focus on wind, biomass and offshore transmission. It is expected that at least 60% of the investments will be made in Germany and the UK

75

Infrastructure/supply

2100

REDEXIS GAS TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION Project (ES)

Reinforcement and extension of the Redexis natural gas transmission and distribution network in several Spanish regions during the period 2015-2018

 

Redexis operates gas networks in the autonomous community of Aragon, Balearic Islands, Andalusia, Castile and Leon, Castile-La Mancha, Valencia, Madrid, Murcia, Catalonia and Extremadura

160

Infrastructure/supply

326

SMART METERS - SPARK project (UK)

Modernising the metering systems in electricity and gas through the provision of smart meters

461

smart meters

1323

CAPENERGIE (France)

Infrastructure fund targeting onshore wind, solar PV, hydro and district heating projects mainly in Western European countries

50

RES

1000

SAARLB – RE PROJECT FINANCE GUARANTEE (FR/DE)

Risk-sharing facility for renewable energy (RE) projects in Germany and France

150

RES

300

GALLOPER OFFSHORE WIND Project (UK)

Design, construction, and operation of a medium-scale offshore wind farm

317

RES

1638

RENEWABLE INCOME EUROPE (Ireland)

Equity fund targeting investments in renewable energy projects in European OECD countries

100

RES

1000

IF TRI en Nord-Pas de Calais (France)

Fund investing in enterprises developing low-carbon economy projects

15

Low-carbon economy

205

NOBELWIND OFFSHORE WIND (Belgium)

Implementation of the second phase of a large-size offshore windfarm situated in the North Sea

200

RES

653

BEATRICE OFFSHORE project (UK)

Design, construction, and operation of a large-scale offshore wind farm in UK

714

RES

2600

ENVO BIOGAS TONDER Project (DK)

Construction and operation of a greenfield biogas production and biogas to methane upgrading facility in Denmark

 

33

RES

93

RAFFINERIA DI MILAZZO project (IT)

Various investments aimed at improving energy efficiency in an industrial plant and make it more environmentally-friendly

30

Infrastructure/supply

236

IMPAX CLIMATE PROPERTY FUND (UK)

Investment in a private equity infrastructure fund targeting improvements in energy efficiency in UK commercial property

25

energy efficiency

500

RETE GAS SMART METERING (IT)

Rollout of smart gas meters in Italy

200

Smart meters

415

MIROVA EUROFIDEME 3 CO-INVESTMENT WIND (SE)

Construction and operation of an onshore wind farm in Sweden

8

RES

38

LOGEMENTS INTERMEDIAIRES-SLI (FR)

Construction of 13,000 affordable housing units in France by the Société pour le Logement Intermédiaire (SLI)

500

energy efficiency

2300

ENERGIEPARK BRUCK ONSHORE WIND (AT)

Construction and operation of 3 wind farms in Lower Austria and in Burgenland (Austria), respectively

40

RES

74

COMBINED HEAT AND POWER PLANT KIEL (DE)

The project concerns the construction of a 188 MWe / 192 MWth natural gas-fired heat and power plant (“CHP”) in Kiel (Germany)

105

energy efficiency

278

QUAERO EUROPEAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND (FR)

The Fund aims at investing in different sectors including transport, education, telecommunications, utilities and renewable energy. Investments will be made mainly in greenfield (primary opportunities with short construction period) but also brownfield projects (secondary market)

40

Low-carbon economy

200

ODEWALD RENEWABLE ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE FUND (Regional)

Equity fund investing in small and midsize solar PV, onshore wind and hydro projects

80

RES

400

SUSI RENEWABLE ENERGY FUND II (Regional)

Equity fund investing primarily in solar PV and on-shore wind projects mainly in the EU

66

RES

400

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