For the current program period EU has dedicated a significant part of the European Regional Development Fund to achieve a low carbon economy. In Sweden these funds are partly managed by regional programs and partly by a national regional fund.
Climate Action Network has ranked Sweden as the EU country with the most ambitious climate politic. Money has been allocated to several energy projects that support companies’ and organizations to become more energy efficient.
The County Administrative board of Dalarna has for the last ten years actively worked with energy efficiency, not least as a Pilot region for green growth coordinated by Energy intelligent Dalarna in different sectors.
In the areas “Buildings” and “Small and medium enterprises” several energy projects are carried out, partly financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
When the program period has reached half-time an evaluation was made to build upon gained experiences.
This report is a part of the project EFFECT4buildings, financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region, The project supports energy efficiency in buildings by financial tools and methods.
As a part of this we wanted to evaluate what kind of aid that is currently available to investigate if this can be used more effectively and to give recommendations for policy level.
EFFECT4buildings was implemented from 2017 to 2020 with the support from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Program 2014-2020.
The project provides a decision support toolbox that includes means to calculate and plan the renovation projects most feasible and profitable way, as well as being able to convince financial decision makers so that the scope and return of investments would be clearly and convincingly presented.
The main target group is building managers in charge of public or privately owned building portfolio.
There were seven partner countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Sweden.
The project was also a part of the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), being a flagship project under policy area Energy and the horizonal action Sustainable development.