Companies in the eastern German state of Thuringia can count on state support for environmental protection investments again this year, according to the state's Environment Ministry. The "Green Invest" funding program will be extended, it confirmed. Five million euros from the European Fund for Regional Development will be available for this purpose until 2023, Thuringia's Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund, a member of the Greens, announced on Wednesday. Since the start of the program in 2015, around 35 million euros in funding has flowed into energy efficiency projects in the Thuringian economy, she said.
However, the possibilities are far from exhausted, the minister said. The spectrum includes, for example, changing the lighting in factory workshops to LED bulbs, replacing compressed air compressors, or using waste heat. With the help of the funding program, industrial and trade enterprises can reduce costs and protect the climate. Funding is also available for consulting services to help companies take stock of their current situation. So far, subsidies have been granted for around 600 of these on-site analyses.
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