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New Municipal Directive: More Funding for Climate Protection

2022 will bring about changes to the Municipal Directive issued by the German National Climate Initiative – and with them, more incentive for municipalities to drive climate protection. These changes will be presented in a webinar on 14 December. 

The National Climate Initiative has given its Municipal Directive an update. On 1 January 2022, new funding priorities will come into force and new groups will be added to the list of eligible applicants. The period of validity has also been extended: until 31 December 2027.

The adaptations aim to provide more support for municipal actors in their commitment to climate protection and allow them to harness more potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a municipal level.

The changes in brief:

  • More staff to implement climate protection in municipalities: Climate protection managers to implement key concepts, experts to introduce and expand energy management, and climate protection coordinators.

  • More eligible applicant groups: Social and welfare associations, non-profit associations and contractors that implement climate protection projects on behalf on municipalities.
  • Opening up strategic offers (consulting, concepts and staff) to all applicant groups.
  • More tailor-made funding options: Funding for numerous, additional climate protection measures, such as initial and orientation consulting, focussed consulting without thematic restrictions and feasibility studies to prepare investments.
  • Subsidization of pioneering concepts that drive the ambitious updating of climate protection concepts (created prior to 2017).
  • Subsidization of investment measures such as retrofitting existing ventilation systems as well as sludge drying methods using renewable energy.

Until the end of 2022, the reduced applicant contribution to funding will remain in effect in accordance with the directive. From 1 January 2022 on, ZUG (Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft, translates to “Future – Environment – Society”) will assume project sponsorship on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

On 14 December 2021, the Service and Competence Centre: Municipal Climate Protection (Service- und Kompetenzzentrum: Kommunaler Klimaschutz, SK:KK) will hold a free webinar to explain the new municipal directive.

Register for the webinar (German only)

New Municipal Directive [German only]

Report issued by the National Climate Initiative (German only)