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Factsheet for measure NO-2022-1/2767 – measures in Norway

Support for insulation of houses and technological developments

Støtte til energieffektivisering og teknologiutvikling

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2022 – 31 December 2022
Context War in Ukraine, Green Transition
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Measure added 22 August 2022 (updated 12 September 2022)

Background information

There is a huge unrealised potential for energy savings in upgrading municipal housing, as well as older houses in general. For low-income households, implementing energy saving measures, such as additional insulation and replacement of windows, can be economically challenging.

Enova is a state enterprise, owned by the Ministry of Climate and Environment, assigned to contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, development of energy and climate technology.

The Norwegian minister of Climate and Environment, Espen Barth Eide, says that economic support through Enova can contributing to technology development and hence make more climate-friendly solutions cheaper and more available. The aim is to relieve risks and costs for those who are the first to test new solutions. This is, according to the government, important to facilitate the green transition, because there are currently no commercially available solutions to cut emissions sufficiently, in transport, industry, or other sectors. Some of the money Enova will distribute, has been reserved for fast charging stations for electric vehicles.

Content of measure

As part of the government’s budget settlement for 2022 with Socialist Left Party (SV), the government increased the allocation to Enova in 2022 by NOK 750 million (€75 million). Enova will administer a scheme for energy measures in municipal housing in 2022. Of the allocation, NOK 100 million (€10 million) in 2022 was earmarked for energy measures that can lower electricity bills in municipal housing. The allocation is aimed at helping households with low income living in municipal housing to deal with high energy prices in the long term.

The aim of the political parties behind the budget settlement, was that the increased allocation to Enova will result in emission cuts, technological development and restructuring in the business world toward more climate- friendly solutions. The increased allocation to Enova will target problems caused by the European energy crisis, but the measures is also aimed at supporting the transition toward a green economy.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses People on low incomes

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

No involvement by the social partners.

Views and reactions

No information on views on or reactions to the measure.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Support for insulation of houses and technological developments, measure NO-2022-1/2767 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NO-2022-1_2767.html

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