Support Measures from consultation to realisation

Climate protection is not only a global mission but a national one as well. For which reason the European Union, the German Federal Government and the Federal State of Berlin have intensified their investments in the field of environmental and climate protection.

Investments in this area concern for instance the energy efficient renovation of buildings, measures to save energy and increase energy efficiency, as well as the increased use of renewable energies. When such measures are successfully implemented, the operating costs for buildings and plants or in the area of mobility for instance can be reduced – something which is highly attractive in view of increasing energy prices. Furthermore, the environment and the climate also benefit, in addition to private households and the public sector. 


The German Federal Government and the Federal State of Berlin support climate protection activities with numerous funding programmes and information campaigns. Likewise energy advice, which can make a substantial contribution in the energy savings area, can receive support. Measures intended to protect or improve the air, the ground or the water are also among those eligible for support.


Berlin's Sustainable Development Program (BENE) the funding period 2014 to 2020 of the European Regional Development Fund, the Berlin Program for Sustainable Development (BENE) will be available as a follow-up program to the environmental relief program (UEP).

BENE is part of the "Berlin Operational Program 2014 - 2020" approved by the European Commission in December 2014. The EU supports the funding package with € 635.213 million from the EFRE fund. Nearly € 117 million (approximately 18.4% of the funds) are spent on BENE and are available for the implementation of climate and environmental protection projects in Berlin.

What's being promoted in BENE?

The funding program consists of two packages:

  • measures for climate protection (BENE Klima) with five priority areas
  • environmental protection (BENE Umwelt) to support the goals of sustainable urban development

National Climate-Protection Initiative (NKI)

The protection of the climate concerns all of us, every individual can contribute and everyone can make use of the chances that present themselves from it. This is the German Environment Ministries formula for success in their NKI. Their programs and projects are aiding to ensure that Germany reaches their climate-protection targets.

The programs and projects of the NKI cover a broad range of the climate-protection activities. Thus private households, municipalities, companies as well as educational institutions are benefiting from them. Participants can make use of funding programs, the municipal directive or the stimulus program for small, combined heat-and-power units. The participants can also make use of the funding information available for the economy, municipals, consumers and education and realize their own project ideas. This diversity is a guarantor for good ideas. The practical application of Innovative concepts can be tested on the spot, developed further and extended more widely.

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Market Incentive Programme (MAP)

The German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) supports measures for the use of renewable energy in the context of the Market Incentive Programme (MAP) from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The aim of the support is to boost the sale of renewable energy technologies on the market and to improve their economic efficiency.


eneo – Energy Consulting for Efficiency and Optimization

Subsidies for advisory-reports and consultation for the energetic-optimization of residential buildings

Those who plan an energetic-modernization of a residential building in Berlin and require qualified as well as needs-oriented support can turn to ENEO, in order to receive subsidies for advisory-reports and consultation. ENEOs offerings range from consultation and compiling advisory-reports all the way to the implementation of the recommended energetic-redevelopment.

Proprietors of residential buildings - with up to 30 housing-units - are eligible for a higher subsidy amounting to 50%. This only, if the planned advisory-report incrementally implies changes to the building in order to reach the energy-efficient house standard as set by the German Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW).

From private owners to common-hold associations all the way to housing companies, practically all owners of self-used or rented residential buildings can make use of the funding project ENEO.

» Further information (in German)


Environmental Innovation Programme (UIP)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety funds industrial-scale pilot projects in key environmental sectors such as climate protection and resource efficiency. These projects show how innovative technologies can be implemented to help to reduce and prevent harm to the environment.

The Environmental Innovation Programme focuses on projects that are well suited for demonstration purposes and hence for replication. The projects also lead to further refinement both of the technologies involved and of the environmental regulatory framework. Small and medium-sized businesses receive priority funding.

Successful applications receive either a grant to cover interest on a loan from KfW, the promotional bank of Germany, or an investment grant. KfW looks after the administration and financial side of the programme, while the Federal Environment Agency manages environment technology issues.

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Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB)

The Investitionsbank Berlin is the Federal State (Land) of Berlin's business development bank. With its economic support, it makes an active contribution to developing Berlin as a business location of choice.

The IBB supports innovative small and medium sized companies in Berlin especially with its range of business development products. This includes establishing the basis for new jobs in line with future demands and broadening Berlin's attractiveness as a business and technology location. In particular, the IBB supports innovative, technology oriented SMEs in Berlin with its monetary support, its comprehensive financial advice and its funding and loan processing based on business management criteria. The Investitionsbank Berlin provides a wide range of funding options tailored specially to the requirements of these companies.

German Federal Government's Funding Database

With the internet-based German Federal Government's Funding Database, the federal government provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of the funding programmes from the government itself, the various German federal states and the European Union.

The funding activities are summarised on the basis of uniform criteria and presented in a consistent form independent of the funding levels or the providers of the funds. Doing so, the connections between the individual programmes are shown, which are important for the efficient use of the state funding.

Energy Subsidy Compass from BINE

Energy efficient buildings, energy saving technologies and renewable energies are usually cheaper then conventional products in business operations – however they require higher initial investments.

A diverse range of funding support from the EU, the German Federal Government, the federal states, the municipalities and the energy utility companies can be utilised here. Whether on a regional or Germany-wide basis, the Energy Subsidy Compass provides extensive up-to-date information on all relevant funding programmes from the EU, the German Federal Government, the federal states, the municipalities and the energy utility companies. A fee is changed for using the Energy Subsidy Compass online database.