ELENA is a European Facility that provides technical assistance to regional or local authorities for the acceleration of their investment programmes in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, thus contributing to the “20-20-20” initiative of the EU. This grant support is provided within the framework of the IEE II programme.
The ELENA facility aims at a broader utilisation of innovative techniques, processes, products or practices and facilitates their market uptake; the investment programmes supported can then be replicated in other cities or regions.
Eligible costs for ELENA support correspond to any technical support that is necessary to prepare, implement and finance the investment programme.
Eligible areas for ELENA support are:
- public and private buildings, including social housing and street and traffic lighting, to support increased energy efficiency – e.g. refurbishment of buildings aimed at significantly decreasing energy consumption (both heat and electricity), such as thermal insulation, efficient air conditioning and ventilation, efficient lighting;
- integration of renewable energy sources (RES) into the built environment – e.g. solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal collectors and biomass;
- investments into renovating, extending or building new district heating/cooling networks, including networks based on combined heat and power (CHP); decentralised CHP systems (building or neighbourhood level);
- urban transport to support increased energy efficiency and integration of renewable energy sources, e.g. high energy efficiency buses, including hybrid buses, electrical or low-carbon propulsion systems, investments to facilitate the introduction of electric cars, investments to introduce new, more energy efficient concepts to improve freight logistics in urban areas;
- local infrastructure including smart grids, information and communication technology infrastructure for energy efficiency, energy-efficient urban equipment, inter-modal transport facilities and refuelling infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles.
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