Economy & Politics

Green stimulus knocks on the door

The ecological component of the “Neistart Lëtzebuerg” restart plan will involve increasing the premiums granted for improving the energy efficiency of housing and will encourage the deployment of renewable energies. It will be very beneficial for the citizens, the climate and … the craftsmen.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The ecological component of the “Neistart Lëtzebuerg” restart plan will involve increasing the premiums granted for improving the energy efficiency of housing and will encourage the deployment of renewable energies. It will be very beneficial for the citizens, the climate and … the craftsmen.

Luxembourg had ecological ambitions before the arrival of covid-19. But the revival of activity after the health crisis offers opportunities that neither Claude Turmes nor Carole Deischbourg could have imagined a few months ago. Because, yes, the green and sustainable economy can support the recovery of the country in the coming months, just as it can allow progress towards the objectives of reducing CO2 emissions or the use of fossil fuels now adopted in the National Energy-Climate Plan.

This Friday, the two ministers Déi Gréng could therefore have a smile by revealing what was going to constitute the green and sustainable component new stimulus measures. Either 20 to 25 million additional financial aid granted to citizens mainly to accelerate better insulation of homes, better energy efficiency of housing and increased use of renewable energies. And the Minister of Energy to play the bateleurs: “It is the moment to invest in the renovation, the moment to give up its old mode of heating. Aid like that, there will be no more after! ”


(from left to right) François Bausch, Deputy Prime Minister

In addition to direct aid measures for sectors in difficulty, the government presented on Wednesday a set of measures intended to revive the economy through the strengthening or creation of financial aid, especially for households. Aid geared towards “sustainability”.


Here, 25% more aid is agitated under the noses of the inhabitants who would like to opt for a wood pellet stove or install solar panels. 30% better for those who get rid of their old oil boiler. There, the government promises 50% better in the financial support given to those who seek advice and start work aimed at reducing their energy consumption.

It is up to the Minister of the Environment to take out the calculator to finish convincing: “If a Luxembourg family installed in a 150 m2 house undertook to thermally renovate its facade, opt for better glazing and exchange their old boiler for a modern heat pump, it can count on 65,000 euros in aid ”. So, convinced?

And then, if citizens don’t do it to save money, they do it for the environment. The country is committed, by 2030, to reduce its CO2 emissions by 55%, achieve a 25% share of renewable energy in national consumption and gain 44% in energy efficiency, everyone must participate in the effort.

Ten months to take advantage

For the two green ministers, these measures will also have a leverage effect to boost activity in the craft industry. A sector of 7,000 companies and 90,000 employees who must be given hope (and therefore contracts) after two months of confinement.

The bonuses mentioned will act as a starter, neither Carole Dieschbourg nor Claude Turmes doubts, but the government is committed to supporting the craft sector in the medium term. Thus, the enhanced aids and premiums will be valid for all orders placed by March 31, 2020. Time for individuals to decide, for the Myenergy advisor service, for professionals to establish their quotes and for Guichet.lu to record all requests for assistance or Klimaprets.


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