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Renewable Energy

EEA Grants

Hungary (HU03)

Key Facts

Increased share of renewable energy in energy use
Programme operator:
Ministry of National Development - Department for Green Economy Development
Donor programme partner:
National Energy Authority (OS),
Programme number:
Date of approval:
24 May 2013
In implementation
Total grants amount:
€ 7,711,000.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 7,711,000.00
From Norway Grants:
Programme areas:
PA06 - Renewable energy
The projects may be implemented until 2016/2017

Calls for proposals

There are no further calls for proposals.

More information

Programme website Overview of projects Programme Agreement EEA Grants Hungary country page

Programme Agreements, including annexes, are published on the website as signed. Any subsequent amendments are not reflected.

Programme Summary


Why is the programme needed?
Europe's demand for energy is increasing in an environment of high and unstable energy prices. Climate Change along with an increasing dependency on energy imports are among the risks the European economy is facing today. Therefore, increased renewable energy production needs to become the driving force behind the European economy. The EU aim is to get 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Available renewable energy sources in Europe include wind, solar, biomass, hydro, tidal power and geothermal energy. Hungary has a substantial potential when it comes to renewable energy, including geothermal energy.

What will the programme achieve and who are the beneficiaries?
The objective is to increase the share of renewable energy in energy use. The programme supports projects that change the energy source of existing district heating systems from fossil fuel to geothermal energy. The programme also promotes increased awareness of and education in the sustainable use of renewable energy. The main beneficiaries are entities providing public service and having the potential to utilise geothermal energy sources, as well as practising experts, decision makers, teachers and students in the field of sustainable use of renewable energy.

How will it be achieved?
The programme has three main components:

- Projects to increase the use of geothermal energy for at least two district heating systems;
- At least eight public campaigns focused on awareness of the sustainable use of renewable energy;
- Scholarship component on increased education in the field of sustainable use of renewable energy.

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
The programme fosters cooperation between Donor States and Hungarian entities. It contributes to strengthening bilateral relations in the field of renewable energy, and geothermal energy in particular. The Icelandic National Energy Authority is involved in the implementation of the programme. There is also a strong potential for increased bilateral cooperation under the Small Grant Scheme, and in particular through the scholarship component.

What are the partnership opportunities?
Call for project proposals will be published during the first quarter of 2014. The call is open for bilateral partnership projects, and a fund for seed money to promote bilateral cooperation will be available to promote potential partnerships. The Small Grant Scheme, and in particular the scholarship part, also has a potential for cooperation between educational institutes in Hungary and the Donor States.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?
Entities registered in Hungary are eligible to apply as project applicants. The target groups for the open call are public service companies, public authorities, and private enterprises. The target groups for the Small Grant Scheme in respect of awareness raising component are public and private entities, universities and educational institutes, and NGOs. When it comes to the scholarship component, it is practising experts, decision makers, teachers and students in the field of sustainable use of renewable energy.