Sweden

SW-6:Energy Audit Financial Support

Policy Description

In order to increase the financial attractiveness of an energy audit and encourage companies to improve energy efficiency, the Swedish Energy Agency provides financial support for energy audits for up to 50% and/or SEK 30,000 (approximately EUR 3,400) of the costs of an audit.

Description

Financial support for energy audits was introduced in 2010. Companies can request financial support for energy audits for up to 50% and/or SEK 30,000 (approximately EUR 3,400) of the costs of an audit [1].

The aim of the financial support is to increase the energy efficiency of companies and the financial attractiveness of an energy audit. The results of an energy audit provide insight on the energy usage of the company’s activities and equipment and help to identify profitable measures to increase energy efficiency.

Applications for financial support can be made until 2014 and requests are handled by the Swedish Energy Agency.

Financial support is available for companies consuming more than 500 MWh of energy per year. Farms consuming less energy but with more than 100 ‘animal-units’ (*1) can also get support. Other requirements are:

  • The support can be requested only once per company (based upon tax registration number)
  • If financial support for an energy audit is given by another public or EU fund, the Swedish Energy Agency will not grant funding
  • If the company participates in the Programme for Improving Energy Efficiency in Energy Intensive Industries (PFE) (see SW-1), the financial support cannot be requested since companies already receive tax exemptions and other technical support
  • Companies owning real estate can only receive financial support for an energy audit once an energy declaration (*2) is in place for all buildings. These declarations are required by law upon the selling, renting out or construction of buildings. 
  • Requests by large companies (*3) must include information on the added value of the financial support with regard to the level of detail, size and scope of the energy audit.

In return for the financial support, the outcomes and a list of measures resulting from the energy audit must be reported to the Swedish Energy Agency. This report is due two to three years after the energy audit and should include a list of measures that have been implemented in the two years prior to the report. 

Policy Information Expand this section for information on the key features of the policy, such as its date of introduction, categorization, main objective(s) and linkages with other policies.

Policy Categorisation

Policy Instrument Type: Economic

Position in the Pyramid

About Us

Participation: Mandatory

Period

Start Date: 2010

End Date: 2014

Policy Linkages

Complements Environmental Taxes on Fuels Supporting Measure
Supports EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Effort Defining

Agencies Responsible

Swedish Energy Agency

Primary Objective: Energy

Objective

Increase energy efficiency by financially supporting an energy audit

Target Group

Companies with an energy consumption of 500MWh or more.

Driver of energy consumption or emissions affected by policy: Knowledge levels

Implementation Information Expand this section for information on targets, monitoring, verification and enforcement regimes, and implementation requirements and tools.

Coverage

Quantitative Target? yes

Target: Reach more than a 1000 applications for the program

Progress Monitored? no

Verification Required? yes

Enforced? no

Sanctions: None

Requirements on the Target Group

  • The support can be requested only once per company (based upon tax registration number)
  • If financial support for an energy audit is given by other public or EU fund, the energy audit financial support will not be granted
  • If the company participates in the Programme for Improving Energy Efficiency in Energy Intensive Industries (PFE) (see SW-1). the financial support will not be granted
  • Companies owning real estate can only receive financial support for an energy audit once a building energy declaration (*3) is in place for all buildings. These declarations are normally only required by law upon the selling, renting out or constructing of building 
  • A report regarding implemented measures based on the energy audit is required after two years. Note that the implementation of measures is not mandatory.

Support by Government

Financial support of up to 50% and/or SEK 30,000 (approximately EUR 3,400) of the costs of an audit.

Implementation Toolbox

Complexity of Implementation

Government

Assessment of requests and reports. The report includes a list of already implemented measures that might need assessment.

Target Group

The energy audit can be carried out by company itself (medium complexity) or by a consultant (low complexity).

Impacts, Costs & Benefits Expand this section to find information on policy effectiveness and efficiency.

Impact Quantitative Estimate Qualitative Estimate
Estimated effect on energy consumption or emissions The expected energy savings through increased energy efficiency resulting from the co-funded energy audits amounts to 1 TWh a year [2]. N/A
Estimated costs/benefits for industry N/A N/A
Estimated cost for government N/A N/A
Other Benefits
General Benefits N/A
Specific Benefits N/A

References & Footnotes

References

[1] Swedish Energy Agency (2012). Financial Support for Energy Audits. Available at http://energimyndigheten.se/sv/Foretag/Energieffektivisering-i-foretag/Energikartlaggningscheck---ett-stod-for-energikartlaggning/

[2] Swedish Energy Agency (2010). Facts and News Sweden, May 2010. Available at http://www.enr-network.org/assets/files/enr_management/facts_and_news/M47_Facts_and_News/M47_%20F&N_STEM.pdf

Footnotes

(*1) Swedish Board of Agriculture (Swedish). Calculating animal units: http://www.jordbruksverket.se/amnesomraden/odling/vaxtnaring/spridagodselmedel/spridagodselmedelhelalandet/djurenheternardetgallergodsel.4.4b00b7db11efe58e66b80003248.html

(*3) A large company is defined as employing at least 250 people and having a turnover of at least 50 million euro or total assets of 43 million or more. Further conditions are defined by EC regulation 800/2008.

(*2) An Energy Declaration for Buildings specifies information about a building’s energy use and indoor environment. The information originates from inspections by an independent expert.