In Liguria, a 10 million tender to help companies reduce emissions by 30%.

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Reducing polluting emissions from production activities in Liguria by at least 30%: this is the objective of the 10 million euro tender published on 16 February by the Region using the European funds provided for in the 2021-2027 ERDF programming. The initiative is intended for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises but also for large enterprises for the subsidized financing part. Companies operating in the fields of commerce, crafts and catering can also participate in the program but only for interventions exceeding 500 thousand euros.

From insulation to vertical gardens

The interventions that can be financed concern the energy requalification of buildings, i.e. interventions that involve the insulation of buildings, the replacement of windows and glass surfaces, the creation of ventilated walls, vertical gardens, green roofs and “works to obtain free heat inputs”. Interventions for the installation of screening systems and passive air conditioning systems are also permitted. And then other works such as the renovation of the heating system, installation of systems and devices for automated control and remote management, efficiency of the lighting system or internal transport systems, creation of a district heating network aimed at self-consumption.

Efficient and low consumption systems

The tender also finances initiatives for the “energy requalification of production plants to increase the effectiveness of energy efficiency measures and limit energy consumption”. These include digitalisation, building automation and intelligent metering. And then the replacement of plants and machinery with new and more efficient equipment. With the interventions implemented, companies will have to reduce the current polluting emissions of the factories by at least 30% (which is calculated on the factory for interventions on the building, on the machinery in case of interventions concerning the production line).

Projects costing no less than 20 thousand euros for micro businesses and 100 thousand for small, medium or large businesses will be eligible for relief. The maximum intervention allowed is one million euros. «The financial instrument – it is underlined in the announcement – provides for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises a mix of benefits (non-repayable fund covering 43% of the investment, loan at a rate of 1.5% covering 45% and reduction of guarantee costs), covering 88% of the investments made”. For large companies, the relief is limited to loans at a particularly advantageous rate covering a maximum of 80% of the investment.

Deadlines and retroactivity

Investment projects must be completed and reported by November 10, 2024. Applications can be submitted by February 29. Then there is also the aspect of so-called retroactivity. Interventions that have been started may also be eligible for benefits, “provided they have not been completed starting from 1 July 2023 in the case of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. For large companies, retroactivity starts from 17 January 2024.”

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