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Apply for a grant for energy optimization of plants and processes


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

  • Process and process changes to efficient technologies and energy optimization of production processes,
  • Waste heat use,
  • measures on heat supply, cooling and ventilation systems when used directly for production processes,
  • energy-efficient provision of process heat or cooling,
  • Avoidance of energy losses in the production process.

You do not receive any funding:

  • for measures required by law,
  • if you have already started the action 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 total assets maximum EUR 43 million):
    • up to 40 percent of the eligible costs,
    • maximum of EUR 700 for each tonne of carbon dioxide saved each year.
  • large enterprises (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,
    • maximum of EUR 500 for each tonne of carbon dioxide saved each year.

Eligible costs are:

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

You can get a maximum of EUR 10 million in grants.
You will not receive the grant until you have completed your action. To do this, you need to 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 for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA).
They are not entitled to the grant.

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

If you invest in energy optimization of plants and processes, you can apply for a grant under certain conditions.

You must submit the application for funding directly online to the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA).

  • Complete the electronic form for the application on the BAFA website. Upload the required documents in the upload area and submit the complete application.
  • You will receive an e-mail directly that your application has been received by BAFA.
  • The BAFA examines your application and decides on the funding.
  • You will then receive a post from BAFA to inform you whether your grant will be granted.
  • They will begin to implement the measure.
  • Once you have completed the action, you must prove that it has been implemented. To do this, fill in proof online on the BAFA website. You still need to upload the following documents in the upload area:
    • confirmation from the energy consultant that the measures have been implemented in accordance with the savings plan,
    • invoices of the measure.
  • Send the complete proof.
  • Once the BAFA has verified your proof, you will receive your grant.

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

Applications can:

  • domestic and foreign commercial enterprises, most of which are privately owned
  • municipal companies
  • Freelancers
  • Contractors implementing energy efficiency measures

Other requirements:

  • Your company must have its registered office or branch office in Germany
  • the savings concept must be drawn up by an energy consultant approved by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) for the funding programme "Federal Funding for Energy Consulting in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises"
  • the costs of your measure may only be refinanced after at least 2 years by the saved energy costs without support
  • 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 in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001 or EMAS, you can also create the savings concept yourself.

When submitting your application, you must submit:

  • Savings Concept Form
  • depending on the type of funding:
    • "De minimis": "De minimis" statement


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

You will find further information on the required documents in the electronic application form or in the general application leaflet.

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

  • Specialist entrepreneur's declaration
  • Confirmation after implementation
  • Invoices of the measure
Forms on the BAFA website (under forms)
  • 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 cannot start the action until you have received a notification of the authorisation.
If you still want to start earlier, you can apply for this with the "Application form early start of action". 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 necessary: no
Electronic application portal on the BAFA website

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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