What projects does the SME plan cover?
These aids are applicable to projects aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, and improving energy efficiency through measures that reduce final consumption in one of the following two ways:
- By improving industrial equipment and processes with an investment of between 75,000 euro (minimum) and 50 million euro (maximum).
- By installing specific energy management systems with an investment of between 30,000 euro and 50 million euro.
Which companies can benefit from these subsidies?
- All SMEs that have a development plan in one of the above paragraphs and operate under a CNAE (Clasificación Nacional de Actividades Económicas - national classification of economic activity) listed in the table in rule seven.
- Large industrial enterprises that meet these criteria will also benefit from the remaining 60% of the budget.
- Energy service companies.
The energy efficiency of SMEs is not just essential to achieving ecosystem protection targets- it is also necessary for SMEs' own competitiveness by improving production systems, updating technology and reducing overall costs. Now is the time to take advantage of these funds and benefit from this substantial aid.
The Sustainable Urban Development Plan
The Royal Decree establishes an additional allocation of 507 million euro to finance energy saving and sustainable mobility projects for municipalities.
The objective is to strengthen financial aid for the provision and improvement of infrastructure in municipalities that will lead to improved consumption and bring them closer to the proposed targets for 2020.
It aims to finance unique projects specifically targeted at improving public buildings and infrastructure (such as lighting).
However, it also covers the two important aspects of sustainable mobility projects and projects to implement technical infrastructure for renewable energy.
This 507 million euro is in addition to funds from the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), which are already being distributed and are enabling territorial agencies to manage a total of 987 million euro.
This new plan has been established in order to encourage the following autonomous communities/cities that are lagging behind the targets: Andalusia, Murcia, Castile-La Mancha, the Canary Islands, Melilla, Galicia and the Valencian Community.