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Environmental Innovation Programme for Projects Abroad

The Environmental Innovation Programme for Projects Abroad of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety provides financial support for projects which will have direct environmental effects on Germany or which will increase, via a "philosophy transfer" and a maximum possible multiplier effect, the willingness to invest in climate action measures in the respective countries.

Most important issues about aims and application procedure are included in a flyer that can be downloaded in German, English and Czech from this website.

Priorities and Objectives of the Environmental Innovation Programme for Projects Abroad

Aims of the funding

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety supports investment projects abroad which will have direct environmental effects on Germany or which will increase, via a "philosophy transfer" and a maximum possible multiplier effect, the willingness to invest in climate action measures in the respective countries.

The Environmental Innovation Programme for Projects Abroad financially supports environment protection projects above all in Central and Eastern European countries. The programme has two main objectives:

  1. Direct transboundary environmental effects for Germany
  2. Measures against global climate change.

The projects are to achieve in particular: 

  • A "philosophy transfer" for effective climate action in the framework of the cooperation to be developed;
  • A multiplier effect using cost-efficient model solutions for improving the environmental situation in partner countries ("lighthouse projects");
  • Demonstration of the practical suitability and capability of new manufacturing installations and process technologies;
  • Increasing acceptance of environmental protection in enterprises and population. 

Priorities of funding

With regard to transboundary environmental effects, financial support is given, for example, to projects which can directly and measurably reduce pollution in boundary waters (Elbe, Oder, Baltic Sea, etc), or air pollution in border regions (Erz Mountains, etc). The aim is to increasingly implement a shift from end-of-pipe purification technologies to integrated solutions - including efficient energy utilisation. With regard to improving climate action, "lighthouse projects" in particular are to point the way to environmentally und climate friendly economic development in partner countries. They will be model projects designed to achieve a multiplier effect. They aim to promote the willingness to carry out further projects in the countries themselves and to contribute to increasing stakeholders' acceptance of environmental protection in government, industry and private households.

Application procedure for the Environmental Innovation Programme for Projects Abroad

Funding

Funding is made available for investment projects and comes in the form of interest rate subsidies or investment grants. Investors must provide an appropriate portion of the funding themselves.

Interest rate subsidies are granted in conjunction with loans of the KfW Bankengruppe. Limited grants can also be provided for training and exchange programmes related to the projects. The KfW Bankengruppe is responsible for the administrative and financial assessment and accompanies the projects during their implementation.

Enterprises and local authorities in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and countries bordering on the EU are eligible for application. Investors interested in receiving funding in the framework of the above programme should first approach the environment ministry or another competent ministry in the partner country with their project ideas. After this authority has reviewed the project proposal, a written request for funding should be addressed to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). More information about the necessary content of an application is included in the information sheet and checklist which can be downloaded from this website. The funding decision of BMUBtakes into consideration aspects of environmental policy and availability of budget resources.

To implement a project, contracts between the recipient, the banks involved and a prime contractor (if applicable) are signed for the environmental pilot project concerned.

Precondition of funding is an interministerial framework agreement between BMUB and the ministry in the partner country which lay down the principles of bilateral cooperation independently of individual projects. With the Czech Republic, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Poland, Romania, the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Lithuania such agreements are still in force.

If relevant funding is made available taking into account EU state aid law.

Contacts

KfW Group

Ms Cornelia Winter, Ludwig-Ehrhard-Platz 1-3 , D-53179 Bonn

Telephone: 0228 831-7293

Email: cornelia.winter@kfw.de

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety BMU

Mr Bernd Strobel, Stresemannstraße 128-130, D-10117 Berlin

Telephone: 030 18 305-2244

Email: bernd.strobel@bmu.bund.de