Exemplary role of public authorities (KfW- Low interest loan)

Updated: 14.01.2019

Author: Tim Sternkopf

As stipulated by the Act to Promote Renewable Energy for Heating Purposes, public authorities shall take an exemplary role in the promotion of renewable energy (§ 1a EEWärmeG). The exemplary role is foremost taken in the field of energy efficiency. The KfW bank offers low interest loans for energy efficiency refurbishment of publicly owned buildings to local authorities and community organisationsas well as municipal enterprises under the programme “Energetic Urban renewal – Energy Efficiency Refurbishment” (EnergetischeStadtsanierung – EngergieeffizientSanieren”). In addition, the KfW bank also offers low interest loans to local authorities for energetic refurbishment of historical buildings under the programme “Energy efficiency in historical buildings”.

Currently, the government is setting up a refurbishment schedule for buildings owned by the federal state. It is unclear when it will be published. According to information from the former Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, it is unclear in how far a new programme with a focus on the installation of renewable energy is set-up for the federal level. So far, no specific programme is run on the federal level besides the mere self-commitment (§ 1a EEWärmeG).


Public authorities

Competent authority

Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Further information


Further information

  • Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutzund nukleare Sicherheit (BMU) - Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservationand Nuclear Safety
  • +49 301 830 50
  • BMUB website
  • zentrale(at)bmu.de-mail.de

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