Loan (Climate Change Special Programme)

Updated: 21.12.2018

Author: Jurga Tallat-Kelpšaitė

The Climate Change Special Programme supports projects aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. No less than 40% of the funds for this programme are intended to be used to support renewable energy projects and the introduction of environmentally friendly technologies, including energy efficient cogeneration. This fund provides support in the form of loans and subsidies according to the Guidelines for the Use of the Fund of the Climate Change Special Programme, approved by Order No. D1-275/2010.

Eligible technologies

All renewable energy generation technologies are eligible for this scheme (Chapter II Item 4.1.2. Order No. D1-275/2010 in conjunction with Art. 10 Par. 3 Law on Financial Instruments for Climate Change Management).

Geothermal energy


Wind energy


Solar energy









All loans granted shall be financed partly from the programme's budget and partly from the funds of a credit institution. The loan is paid out by a credit institution on behalf of the Ministry of Environment. No maximum has been set for the total amount of a credit per applicant. The amount to be provided by the credit institution shall be at least 20% of the loan (Chapter III Items 14, 17 Order No. D1-275/2010).


Entitled parties: Natural persons and legal entities conducting economic and commercial activities in Lithuania and implementing renewable energy projects specified in Art. 4.1 Order No. D1-275/2010 (Chapter II Item 4.1.2., Chapter III Item 10. Order No. D1-275/2010).

Obligated parties: Environmental Project Management Agency under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania (EPMA) (Item 2. Order No. D1-275/2010).


Process flow

Notice on application deadline. The EPMA is obliged to publish on its website information on the calls for tenders, including deadlines for the submission of applications or a description of the selection procedure. It has to be published no later than within 30 working days from the approval of the annual cost estimate. The information to be provided varies depending on the type of the project (Chapter VI Item 45. Order No. D1-275/2010).

Application. An application form must be completed and submitted to the EPMA along with the mandatory documents (Chapter VI Item 46. Order No. D1-275/2010).

Written notice of registration. The EPMA registers the applications received. A written notice of registration shall be sent to the applicant no later than within 3 working days from the registration of his application (Chapter VI Items 49. Order No. D1-275/2010).

Project Evaluation. The evaluation of a project is carried out by the EPMA or independent experts and consists of an assessment of the administrative compliance of the application as well as an environmental and technical evaluation of the project (Chapter VI Items 50., 51. Order No. D1-275/2010).

Special-Purpose Agreement and Loan Agreement. The EPMA is obliged to notify the credit institution of its decision to grant a loan and the terms and conditions thereof within 5 working days. If the credit institution agrees to issue the loan, it signs a special-purpose agreement with the Ministry of Environment. Within 2 months from the signing of this agreement, the applicant and the credit institution must enter into a loan agreement and forward a copy thereof to the Ministry of Environment and the EPMA (Chapter VII Item 81., 82. Order No. D1-275/2010).

Financing Agreement. Within 20 working days from signing of the special-purpose agreement, the EPMA is obliged to draft a financing agreement for the project and submit the same for signature to the applicant, who has to sign it within one month from the receipt of the draft agreement. If the applicant fails to sign the financing agreement within one month, it is deemed that he has refused funding (Chapter VII Item 83. Order No. D1-275/2010).

Competent authority

The Climate Change Policy Department of the Ministry of Environment is responsible for coordinating the management of the Climate Change Special Programme as well as for the preparation and approval of cost estimates and reports (Item 2.1. Order No. D1-275/2010).

The EPMA is responsible for the implementation of the Climate Change Special Programme (Item 2.2. Order No. D1-275/2010).

Distribution of costs


The budget of the Climate Change Special Programme is financed from revenue from the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), financial penalties, donations by natural and legal persons for climate change mitigation, and other funds that were legally obtained (Chapter III Art. 10 Par. 2 Law on Financial Instruments for Climate Change Management).


Further information

  • Lietuvos Respublikos aplinkos ministerijos Aplinkos projektų valdymo agentūra (APVA) - Environmental Project Management Agency under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania (EPMA)
  • + 370 5 272 57 58
  • APVA website
  • apva(at)