Stimulation of sustainable energy production and climate transition (SDE++)

Last updated: 25 May 2023

In 2020, the scope of the previous subsidy scheme, SDE+, was broadened from renewable energy production to other CO2 emission reduction measures such as CCS within the SDE ++ scheme.

The SDE++ is a subsidy scheme targeting technologies related to low carbon power and CO2 sequestration. Only industries, companies and non profit organisations can apply to the programme. 


There are five main categories for this scheme: 

1. Renewable electricity (Hydropower, wind, solar...)

2. Renewable heat (solar thermal, geothermal, biomass combustion…)

3. Renewable gas (biomass fermentation or gasification)

4. Low CO2 heat (electric boiler, industrial heat pump…)

5. Low CO2 production (CCUS, hydrogen…)


The grant is distributed over the span of up to 12 to 15 years, depending on the technology. The funding allocated is computed according to the amount of energy the firm produces or the amount of avoided emissions related to the technology. 


In 2020 and 2021, EUR 5 billion grants were available through this programme. 


In the 2020 round, the CCUS project in the Port of Amsterdam will contribute to sequester 2.5 million tons of CO2 per year, through a EUR 2.1 billion investment. EUR 2 billion were distributed to solar and wind projects with the rest towards energy efficiency in industry.

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