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Apply for a grant for energy optimisation of plants and processes


The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) promotes measures to increase energy efficiency in companies.
The funding is open to technology, in particular:

  • Process and process conversions to efficient technologies and energetic optimization of production processes,
  • waste heat utilisation,
  • Measures on systems for heat supply, cooling and ventilation, if these are used directly for production processes,
  • energy-efficient provision of process heat or cold,
  • Avoidance of energy losses in the production process.

You will not receive any funding:

  • for measures required by law,
  • if you have already started the measure before you have submitted the application.

The amount of the grant depends on the size of your company and the energy saved:

  • small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees and annual turnover maximum EUR 50 million or balance sheet total maximum EUR 43 million):
    • up to 40 percent of the eligible costs,
    • a maximum of EUR 700 for each tonne of carbon dioxide saved annually.
  • large companies (250 or more employees and annual turnover more than EUR 50 million or balance sheet total higher than EUR 43 million):
    • up to 30 percent of the eligible costs,
    • a maximum of EUR 500 for each tonne of carbon dioxide saved annually.

Eligible costs are:

  • all costs of implementing the measure,
  • Ancillary costs for planning and installation,
  • Costs for the creation of an energy saving concept and the support of the implementation by an external energy consultant.

You can receive a maximum grant of EUR 10 million.
You will not receive the subsidy until you have completed your measure. To do this, you must prove:

  • that you have spent the money on the measure,
  • that the measure technically fulfils its performance.

You must keep all invoices and receipts related to the eligible costs.

Applications for funding are processed by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).
You are not entitled to receive funding.

Reference to further funding opportunities of the programme:
You can also apply for a loan via the funding programme "Federal Funding for Energy Efficiency in the Economy" (apply for a loan with repayment subsidy for energy optimisation of plants and processes).

You must submit your application for funding directly online to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).

  • Fill out the electronic application form on the BAFA website. Upload the required documents in the upload area and submit the complete application.
  • You will receive an e-mail directly stating that your application has been received by the BAFA.
  • The BAFA will examine your application and decide on the funding.
  • You will then receive a notification from the BAFA by post as to whether your grant will be approved.
  • You start with the implementation of the measure.
  • When you have completed the measure, you must prove that it has been carried out. To do this, fill out a certificate online on the BAFA website. You still have to upload the following documents in the upload area:
    • a confirmation from the energy consultant that the measures have been implemented in accordance with the savings concept,
    • the invoices of the measure.
  • Submit the complete proof.
  • If the BAFA has checked your proof, you will receive your subsidy.

It is best to seek advice from an energy efficiency expert before applying for funding.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for additional grants for advice from the BAFA in the "Federal Funding for Energy Consulting in SMEs" programme.

Applications can be submitted:

  • domestic and foreign companies in the commercial sector, the majority of which are privately owned
  • municipal companies
  • Freelancers
  • Contractors who carry out energy efficiency measures

Further requirements:

  • Your company must have its registered office or a branch in Germany
  • the savings concept must be drawn up by an energy consultant who is approved by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) for the funding programme "Federal Funding for Energy Consulting in SMEs"
  • the costs of your measure may only be refinanced without funding after at least 2 years through the saved energy costs
  • the funded measure must be implemented in Germany and operated for at least 3 years

If your company has an energy or environmental management system certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001 or EMAS, you can also create the savings concept yourself.



When applying, you must submit:

  • Savings concept (form)
  • depending on the type of funding:
    • "De minimis": "De minimis" declaration


  • General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER): Reference offer for measure

You can find further information on the required documents in the electronic application form or in the general information sheet on the application.

Once you have completed your action, you must submit the following documents:

  • Specialist entrepreneur's declaration
  • Confirmation after execution
  • Invoices of the measure
  • Application:
    • until 31.12.2022
    • before the start of the action
  • Implementation of the measure: usually within 24 months of the approval decision
  • Proof of implementation of the measure: within 3 months of the end of the authorisation period
  • Processing of the application: 1 to 3 months

You can only start the measure once you have received a notification of the approval.
If you still want to start earlier, you can apply for this with the "Application form for early start of measures". However, you will have to wait to see if the application is approved before you start your action.

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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