Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors

4.1 Investment in the wider use of Energy Performance Contracting in the public buildings and housing sectors

4.2 Energy efficiency and renewable heating and cooling in public buildings

  • Demonstration of zero-emission and positive-energy buildings
  • Deep renovation of existing buildings to beyond cost-optimal levels

4.3 Energy efficiency measures and renewable energy use in SMEs (including information campaigns)

4.4 Innovative renewable energy technologies

  • Technologies mentioned in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan35 and in the Energy Roadmap 2050, along with second- and third-generation bio-fuels

4.5 Integrated low-carbon strategies and sustainable energy action plans for urban areas, including public lighting systems and smart grids

4.6 Energy efficiency in agriculture and food processing through investments in more energy-efficient buildings and facilities, together with advice on energy-efficiency

4.7. The supply and use of renewable sources of energy, by-products, wastes, residues

  • Promote the bio-economy through investments in the on-farm production and use of renewable energy
  • Pilot projects for improving by-product use 
  • Investments in new forestry technologies for the processing of biomass; and investments in renewable energy infrastructures in rural areas

4.8 reducing nitrous oxide and methane emissions from agriculture

  • Support for lower use of nitrogen fertilisers
  • Improved livestock management practices (for the treatment of animal wastes)
  • Support for more climate-friendly crop rotation

4.9 Enhancing carbon sequestration and emission reduction in agriculture and forestry

  • Agro-forestry systems
  • Forest planting and maintenance 
  • Climate-friendly management of new and existing forests
  • Establishing or maintaining healthy grassland
  • Maintaining peat-lands.