Energy and climate change

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Climate and Environment
Programme ID:
PL-CLIMATE
Programme Donors
NEA | NVE | OS
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€146,042,000
EEA Grants fund:
€146,042,000

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary

Objective

Climate change mitigated and vulnerability to climate change reduced

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the Programme Operator (PO) unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment with support from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. The Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA), the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the National Energy Authority of Iceland (OS) are the Donor Programme Partners (DPPs). 

The programme shall cover Programme Area 11 "Environment and Ecosystems", Programme Area 12 "Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Security" and Programme Area 13 "Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation".

The programme objective "Climate change mitigated and vulnerability to climate change reduced” shall be attained through four outcomes:

 

  • The programme shall support the outcome Ability of local communities to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate increased" (Outcome 1) by way of:
    • Three open calls:
  1. Open call #1: Implementation of green-blue infrastructure investments in cities: The call shall support municipalities’ implementation of strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Applicants may apply for funding for measures to increase resilience to climate change and measures to reduce emissions from e.g. transport or other sectors, including revitalisation and creation of green areas and improved water management such as water retention.  Educational and awareness measures will be eligible.
  2. Open call #2: Awareness raising activities on climate change mitigation and adaptation: The call shall support schools’ efforts to enhance students/pupils’ knowledge on climate change issues, including implementation of small-scale on-site mitigation and/or adaptation measures.
  3. Open call #3: Strengthened implementation of Circular Economy: The call shall support activities in line with Poland’s “Circular Economy Roadmap”, including inter alia sustainable industrial production, sustainable consumption and bioeconomy.

 

  • Pre-defined project no. 1 on strengthening atmospheric deposition assessments.
  • The programme shall support the outcome "Environmental status of ecosystems improved" (Outcome 2 ) by way of:
    • Two open calls:
  1. Open call #4: Implementation of ecosystem management plans: The call shall support the implementation of management plans for protected areas in Poland aiming to improve the status of endangered species and habitats. This includes, i.a.: counteracting fragmentation of ecosystems; limitations of barriers for the movement of animals; protection and restoration of wetlands; maintaining good status of ecosystems. Applicants may implement one or more of the above types of activities.
  2. Open call #5: Increased protection against invasive alien species: The call shall support activities which will lead to a limitation of the inflow of invasive alien species and increase the resistance of native species. Applicants may implement one or more of the following three types of activities:
      1. removal of invasive alien species;
      2. identification of sources and routes for the spread of invasive alien species and;
      3. introduction of solutions to reduce spread of invasive alien species.

 

  • One small grant scheme - SGS no. 1:
  1. SGS #1: The Small Grants Scheme shall be established for non-governmental organisations for activities which will protect and increase knowledge of ecosystems. Applicants may implement one or more of the following four types of activities:
  1. conducting active protection of endangered species and habitats;
  2. combating invasive alien species and counteracting their spread;
  3. mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services;
  4. increased awareness of ecosystems, their role and the services they provide.
     
  • Pre-defined project no. 2 on improved mapping and assessment of ecosystem services.

 

  • The programme shall support the outcome  "Improved energy efficiency in buildings, industry and municipalities "(Outcome 3) by way of:
     
  • Four open calls:

 

  1. Open call #6: Improved energy efficiency in school buildings: the call shall support the modernisation of school buildings through comprehensive energy efficiency investments, with the aim of bringing them to “passive” or “near-zero emissions” standard.
  2. Open call #7: Development of high-efficiency industrial and professional cogeneration: The call shall support the modernisation of and construction of new capacity for cogeneration, including the use of process and waste heat, in order to improve energy efficiency of industry and power generation.
    The replacement and/or refurbishment of existing energy production capacity with new production units shall be based on renewable energy and/or natural gas and lead to a corresponding reduction in the use of solid fossil fuels. Priority will be given to projects that result in the largest reductions of CO2 emissions and the highest energy efficiency and cost efficiency.
  3. Open call #8: Construction /modernization of municipal heating systems and elimination of individual heat sources: The call shall support the modernisation of municipal district heating systems, including replacement of energy sources where appropriate. Applicants may seek funding for modernization and/or construction of heat sources: e.g. development of combined generation of heat, electricity and cooling sources; change of energy conversion technology and use of fuels, application of intelligent weather control system appliances, use of local renewable energy sources. Additionally, removal of existing individual heat sources in public utility buildings and residential buildings together with connecting consumers to the municipal heating system or local heating systems may be included in the project application.
    The replacement and/or refurbishment of existing energy production capacity with new production units shall be based on renewable energy and/or natural gas and lead to a corresponding reduction in the use of solid fossil fuels. Priority will be given to projects that result in the largest reductions of CO2 emissions and the highest energy efficiency and cost efficiency.
  4. Open call #9: Construction of installations for the pellet production from wood and agro biomass: The call shall support the construction of installations for production of fuel (pellets) from biomass from wood and agricultural leftover products. The measure is intended to alleviate energy poverty. Priority will be given to innovative projects which are in proximity to municipalities.

 

  • A financial instrument established to provide loans for project promoters requiring co-financing for their projects under all calls under the outcome.

 

  • The programme shall support the outcome "Increased renewable energy production "(Outcome 4) by way of:
     
    • Two open calls:
       
  • Open call #10: Geothermal energy production: The call shall support the construction of systems for “deep” geothermal heat energy production[1] in locations where the existence of economically utilisable reserves have been confirmed[2]. The applications may include one or more of the below activities such as:
    1. Production and injection wells in areas with documented geothermal potential;
    2. Construction and/or extension of a geothermal heating plant;
    3. Construction of infrastructure connection(s) to integrate geothermal heat into an existing district heating system;
    4. Technological and infrastructure changes to existing district heating systems in order to integrate geothermal energy source(s);
    5. Educational/training activities

 

  • Open call #11: Increasing the efficiency of energy generation in existing small hydropower plants: The call shall support the modernisation of existing small hydropower plants. The applications may include one or more of the below activities such as:
    1. Modernisation of equipment and installations for energy production;
    2. Safety improvements;
    3. Adaptation of hydroelectric power plants to environmental protection requirements and other legal obligations, including requirements resulting from River Basin Management Plans. Such as clearing river sections, updating the size of non-detrimental flows and protective measures limiting the impact of hydroelectric plants on water fauna;
    4. Reconstruction with the purpose to adapt the installation for the sale of energy directly to a final recipient (on the direct line or possibly within energy cooperatives);
    5. Educational/training activities.

The plants’ installed capacity prior to the investment undertaken shall not be larger than 2 MW.

    • A financial instrument established to provide loans for project promoters requiring co-financing for their projects under all calls under the outcome.
       
    • Pre-defined project no. 3 on enhancing the capacity and skills on geothermal energy in Poland.

 

[1] Parameters for depth and temperatures of the systems might be more closely defined in the call text and corresponding criteria.

[2] Risks related to geothermal exploration shall be taken into consideration at the call drafting stage. Particularly, if as a result of a project implemented with due diligence, the geothermal resources cannot be used for energy production, such case shall be analysed and used as lessons learned for future developments in line with the project promoter’s obligation under Annex II, chapter 6.3. Moreover, it shall not be considered as grounds for a repayment of the grant.

Programme Concerns

Approximately 19% of the total eligible expenditure shall be allocated to the programme area ‘Environment and Ecosystems’.

Approximately 9% of the total eligible expenditure shall be allocated to the programme area ‘Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation’.

No less than 72% of the total eligible expenditure shall be allocated to the programme area ‘Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Security’.

Special concern shall be given to achieving significant and cost-efficient reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

Special concern shall be given to hydroelectric power and geothermal energy as sources of renewable energy.

The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management shall be actively involved in and effectively contributing to the development and implementation of the programme. The details of cooperation between the Ministry of Environment (Programme Operator) and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management shall be defined during the concept note phase.

The possibility for the use of financial instruments shall be explored when developing the concept note.

The possibility of predefining project(s) shall be explored when developing the concept note.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 900,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.