Funding under the Energy Saving Strategy and Action Plan
The Energy Conservation and Energy efficiency Improvement Action Programme (decision 1107/1999) has an annual budget of Ft 1 billion. In 2000, measured in terms of total final consumption savings, the Programme was thought to be successful, and the government increased its annual budget to Ft 5 billion in 2001. The Action Programme estimates that Ft 200 billion (€ 820 million) is needed to finance this programme over its duration, of which Ft 50 billion will come from the state. Support for the residential sector mainly involves grants of up to 30% for new and additional investments. Other sectors are offered a variety of measures ranging from loans with favourable interest rates to full grants.The Action Programme is reviewed every two years and amended by the government according to the results of the reviews. The Hungarian government adopted the new Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Improvement Action Programme (Decision 1107/1999) that began in 2000 and is to run for ten years until 2010. This Action Programme is part of the Szécheni Plan, a broad effort to fund modernisation of the Hungarian economy launched in 2000. The Programme lists 15 sectors and areas for financial support. It targets a 7-8% reduction in energy consumption per year (approximately 1.8 Mtoe) until 2010 in those 15 sectors and areas.