Modernisation Fund with app. 14 billion EUR ready to modernise energy sectors in 10 Member States in Central Europe

Modernisation Fund with app. 14 billion EUR ready to modernise energy sectors in 10 Member States in Central Europe

The Commission adopted last week implementing act setting the rules on the operation of the Modernisation Fund, a funding mechanism to support 10 EU Member States in their transition to climate neutrality by helping to modernise their energy systems and improve energy efficiency. The Member States to benefit by the Modernisation Fund are Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

Set up under the revised EU Emissions Trading System Directive, the Modernisation Fund will allocate around EUR 14 billion from the auctioning of allowances from the EU Emissions Trading System for the period 2021-2030, depending on the carbon price. Every beneficiary Member State has its own share of allowances to be used under the Modernisation Fund, as determined by the revised EU Emissions Trading System Directive.

The Modernisation Fund will support low-carbon investments in the generation and use of energy from renewable sources, energy efficiency, energy storage, modernisation of energy networks, including district heating, pipelines and grids, and a just transition in carbon-dependent regions, supporting the redeployment, re-skilling and upskilling of workers, education, job-seeking initiatives and start-ups. Each beneficiary Member State can determine its own investment strategy within these areas.

The Modernisation Fund will be operational in January 2021 under the responsibility of the beneficiary Member States, who will work in close cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Commission and the Investment Committee set up for the purpose of the Modernisation Fund.

CEEP in cooperation with European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST) have been working on Modernisation Fund since 2018 and have issued two reports and organised six debates. We will continue to focus on this important topic for CEE energy sector also this year.

Source: European Commission, DG Climate Action

Member State Default Size (2% of total allowances) - €22/EUA Value after MS decisions - €22/EUA
Bulgaria € 398m € 398m
Croatia € 214m € 412m
Czech Republic € 1 085m € 4 508m
Estonia € 190m € 190m
Hungary € 485m € 485m
Latvia € 98m € 98m
Lithuania € 171m € 364m
Poland € 2 951m € 2 951m
Romania € 743m € 4 190m
Slovakia € 418m € 970m
TOTAL € 6 803m €14 566