The Council of Ministers approved the Royal Decree that regulates the aid program for carrying out energy efficiency actions in agricultural operations.
“The government will allocate 30 million euro to this program that will favor energy savings while improving the sector's competitiveness, use of renewable energies, and reducing its CO₂ emissions. Thus, it will contribute to the fulfillment of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 that foresees the need for measures to support energy saving, installation of renewable, and reduction of emissions in the primary sector,” the executive stated.
The aid will promote savings in irrigation as well as in the use of electricity and renewable energies. It will be financed by the National Fund for Energy Efficiency, with the coordination of the Ministry of Ecological Transition (MITECO), Montero said at a press conference after the Council.
The aid will cover up to 30% of the costs of each project that the companies have, which they must demonstrate led to a 10% decrease in the agricultural exploitation's energy consumption, in accordance with the royal decree approved by the Executive.
20 million euro of the aid will be for individual farms or cooperatives, and 10 million for irrigation.
The royal decree was approved with the support of MITECO and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA). This aid will help pay for investments that will contribute to the generation of employment after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from both institutions.
Once this regulation has been published in the Official State Gazette, each autonomous community must approve its call for aid for this program, which will be in force until December 31, 2021.
The Government stated that, apart from this program, they were enforcing other actions that will contribute the sector to saving energy, such as the new charging methodology that, together with the new tolls established by the National Markets and Competition Commission, will promote saving and efficiency measures.