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Czech Republic: New Green Savings Programme Gets Off on the Wrong Foot

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 30, 2013

The first round of the so-called Nová Zelená Úsporám or New Green Savings programme in the Czech Republic enjoyed great popularity. Within only 5 days after the first call on Monday, 12 August 2013, the official website http://www.nzu2013.cz/ stated that the administrators had already assigned more than 40% of the funds or around Czech Crown (CZK) 405 million (EUR 15.7 million) out of the total CZK 1 billion ( EUR 38.8 million). According to unofficial industry information, however, about a third to half of the funds will be freed up again, as the eligibility criteria are so unclear that many applications which have been handed in so far will most probably not be approved. The Czech Ministry of the Environment introduced a draft for the programme in November 2012. Private households will profit from grants financed through the sales of Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) in emission trading, the same funding source as during the first Zelená Úsporám programme between March 2009 and October 2010 (find further information in the database of incentive programme.

Czech Republic: Environment Ministry Proposes New Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2013

Now, the debate in the Czech Republic is about whether to revive the national subsidy scheme. In November 2012, the Czech Minister of Environment, Tomáš Chalupa, introduced a draft for a so-called Nová Zelená Úsporám or New Green Savings programme (see the attached presentations in Czech). The aim of the programme is to increase the energy efficiency of private and public buildings, such as nurseries, retirement homes, cultural buildings or sports centres. Both private households and municipalities would profit from grants financed through the sales of Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) in emission trading.
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Czech Republic: Rescue Plan to fill Budget Gaps

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 16, 2011

In autumn of 2010, it became clear that the budget of the Czech subsidy programme Zelena Usporam (Green Savings) lacks about Czech Koruny CZK 8 billion (EUR 329 million). The Minister of Environment, Tomáš Chalupa, published a press release at the end of April 2011, describing how to bring down the deficit with revised programme rules.

Czech Republic: Subsidy Programme postponed further

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 11, 2011

The Czech subsidy programme “Zelena Usporam” will not be relaunched as planned at the beginning of February 2011. Why? Because during the last week before the halt of the programme in October 2010, the Ministry of Environment received 10,425 applications, which was much more than expected - in 2009, only 3,100 applications had been submitted.

Czech Republic: Emission Trading Revenues extend Incentive Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 22, 2010

 Rut Bizkova and Yasuhiro Shimizu” Signed in July by Rut Bizkova, the Czech Republic's Environment Minister, and Yasuhiro Shimizu, Japanese Executive Director of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, the new supplement to an emission trading contract leads to improvements in the Green Savings Programme.

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