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Investment Climate Programme

  • Published on November 11, 2019
The National Trust Eco Fund (NTEF) implements Investment Climate Programme (ICP). ICP provides financing for projects (by grants), leading to direct or indirect reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and the funds are generated by the EU Emission Trading Scheme – the sale of national GHG quotas. ICP is divided in two sub programmes: ICP – Energy efficiency and ICP – Electric vehicles. Under ICP – Energy efficiency are funded projects for improving the energy efficiency of public facilities and buildings – educational, cultural, medical and social and of public authorities. ICP – Electric vehicles promotes the use of electric and hybrid vehicles by public authorities. As a result, funded projects lead to a number of environmental, social and economic benefits – reduced GHG emissions, green public procurement, saved public expenditure for energy consumption, sustainable public services, opportunities for green employment and regional development, promotion of sustainable automotive industry and trade, etc.

Under ICP – Energy efficiency were implemented measures for reducing energy consumption in 114 public sites including 40 schools, 22 nurseries and kindergardens, 15 administrative buildings, 8 libraries, 6 public buildings, 6 universities, 7 health services, 6 municipal hospitals, 4 street lighting. Under the ICP – Electric vehicles, a total of 37 electric and 8 plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as 17 full-electric vehicles, category L7e were supplied. All projects, both within ICP – Energy efficiency and ICP – Electric vehicles, have to incorporate the green public procurement criteria of the European Union – in order the costs to be eligible, when the beneficiaries award contracts, the EU's green public procurement criteria mandatory should be applied, respectively for product groups: "Office Building Design, Construction and Management" and "Transport". ICP – Energy efficiency contributes also for education for sustainable development – all beneficiaries are obliged to plan and perform (for the period after the start of project implementation to five years after its completion within the reduced cost of energy consumption) activities that lead to a change in the behavior of the users of the sites aimed to be improved their energy efficiency. The educational programmes could include instructions/rules for exploitation of the sites for the personnel and users, workshops, distribution of information materials. Special support is provided by NTEF for implementation of such programmes for schools – training of teachers and "energy teams" of students on energy efficiency and providing them with educational toolkits, as well as with energy measuring devices.

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