In its second year of operation, the Modernisation Fund has disbursed a total of €4.11 billion in support of 61 projects in eight beneficiary countries. These projects will help modernize energy systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in energy, industry, transport, and agriculture, and improve energy efficiency. Supporting these investments will help those Member States to meet their 2030 climate and energy targets and accelerate the EU’s green transition.
Disbursements were made this year to Croatia (€119.8 million), Czechia (€1.34 billion), Estonia (€62.4 million), Hungary (€74.3 million), Lithuania (€85 million), Poland (€643.2 million), Romania (€1.39 billion), and Slovakia (€399.5 million). In June, €2.4 billion was already disbursed to support 45 investment proposals, and this is now complemented by a €1.71 billion disbursement today to back 16 more investment proposals.
This year, the 61 investment proposals selected under the Modernisation Fund focus on electricity generation from renewables, modernization of energy networks and energy efficiency in the energy sector, in industry, in buildings, and in transport, and the replacement of coal generation with lower carbon intensity fuel.
Examples of the proposals that have received funding are:
- the production of electricity from renewable energy sources and battery storage to support electricity grid operation in Croatia;
- the modernisation of public lighting systems within municipalities, conversion of coal to biomass and gas in district heating and ETS installations, and increase of energy efficiency in Czechia;
- low-emission energy-efficient public transport in Estonia;
- optimization, digitalization, and automation of manufacturing processes to reduce electricity consumption and material use in Hungary;
- renovation of public buildings, increasing energy efficiency, and development of renewable hydrogen production capacity in Lithuania;
- building heating plants based on renewable energy sources and improvement of energy efficiency in the industry in Poland;
- building 8 photovoltaic parks and two combined cycle gas turbine plants, replacing lignite with renewables and gas for power generation, and modernization of electricity networks in Romania;
- the rehabilitation and extension of district heating and cooling networks, and decarbonization projects in the industrial sector in Slovakia.