E.L.EN.A – What is it?

The E.L.EN.A (European Local Energy Assistance) Facility (The Facility) is implemented by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the framework of an agreement with the European Commission (EC). E.L.EN.A was established in 2009 under the Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) II Programme and is currently financed by EU funds from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation1. E.L.EN.A could be used as a means to assist Member States in working towards their energy efficiency objectives under the ENERGY UNION strategy. The projects supported under E.L.EN.A can also assist cities and regions to increase the quality of living of European citizens by helping to reduce energy consumption. The Facility provides grant support to cover the costs of Project Development Services for the preparation of eligible Investment Programmes.

E.L.EN.A aims at supporting and accelerating the successful implementation of such investments. This contributes to achieving the EU energy and climate goals by improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix, as well as to expanding sustainable urban transport. The E.L.EN.A facility covers up to 90% of the eligible costs necessary to prepare eligible Investment Programmes.

The Facility aims to support the actions of public and private stakeholders at local, regional and national level, in order to stimulate a broader utilisation and market uptake of innovative solutions, including technologies, processes, products, policies, organisational models and practices. Its objective is to accelerate investments by way of increasing the level of local experience and expertise, while also facilitating financing and helping to overcome existing investment barriers.

Any entity wishing to apply for E.L.EN.A should have first identified an eligible Investment Programme typically of EUR 30m or more, to be delivered over 3 years (over 4 years for Sustainable Transport).

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