Support of RES-H infrastructure (Fonds Chaleur)

Updated: 07.02.2019

Author: Helena Vidalic

The French government introduced in 2008 a heat fund (Fonds Chaleur) in order to support the production of heat through renewable energy plants. During the period between 2009 and 2013, the heat fund was endowed with a budget amounting to € 1.2 billion. In April 2015, the Minister of Energy Ségolène Royal announced that the fund credits shall be increased to € 420 million by 2017. In 2018, the budget is estimated at  € 540 million. The support of district heating projects is administered on a regional level by the regional agencies of the ADEME. In order to be eligible, the district heating network shall use at least 50% of heat from renewable energy sources (Art. 19, Loi n° 2009-967). The amount of financial support depends on the technical and economical caracteristics of the project


The eligible projects for the support of district heating through the heat fund are defined by the regional agencies of the ADEME.

Competent authority

The French Energy Agency (ADEME- Agence de Développement de l´Environnement et de Maitrise de l´Énergie) is in charge of the implementation of the heat fund subventions on behalf of the French government.


Further information

  • Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l‘Energie (ADEME) – Energy Agency
  • +33 241 204 120
  • ADEME website

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