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renewable energy for heating & cooling support scheme, Ministerial Decree of 28 Dec. 2012, energy efficiency, production of thermal energy

Scope of application

The Ministerial Decree of 28 Dec.2012 (the so-called “Renewable Energy for Heating & Cooling Support Scheme”) implemented Legislative Decree no. 28 of 3 Mar. 2011 on a scheme of support for small-scale projects of energy efficiency improvement and production of thermal energy from renewables.

Gestore dei Servizi Energetici-GSE S.p.A. is the body in charge of implementing and managing the scheme, as well as of awarding financial incentives.

Eligible projects concern: energy efficiency improvements in existing building envelopes (thermal insulation of walls, roofs and floors, replacement of doors, windows and shutters, installation of solar screens); replacement of existing systems for winter heating with more efficient ones (condensing boilers); replacement and, in some cases, construction of new renewable-energy systems (heat pumps, biomass boilers, heaters and fireplaces, solar thermal systems, including those based on the solar cooling technology).

 The new decree also introduces - subject to specific requirements - incentives for energy auditing and energy certification associated with the above projects.

The support is granted on the basis of the type of project and on the improvement of the energy performance of the building which may be achieved and/or on the energy which may be produced by renewable-energy systems. The incentive (contribution to the costs incurred for the project) will be paid in yearly instalments over a variable support period (2 to 5 years), depending on the projects.

Yearly cumulative disbursements

The decree allocates funds for a maximum yearly cumulative disbursement of € 200 million for projects implemented or to be implemented by public administrations and a yearly cumulative disbursement of € 700 million for projects implemented by private parties.

60 days after reaching the above limits, no new applications for support will be accepted. Public administrations may “book” incentives for their projects under a special procedure. The yearly cumulative disbursement allocated for public administrations opting for this procedure will not exceed100 million (50% of the € 200 million allocation for public administrations). The incentives will be subject to periodical revision pursuant to Legislative Decree 28/11.

Eligible parties

Two types of parties are eligible for this support scheme:

  • public administrations;
  • private parties: individuals, apartment block owners and parties with business or agricultural income.

The recipient of the support is defined as “Responsible Party”, i.e. the party who/which incurs/has incurred the costs for implementing the projects. The responsible party may also authorise another party to submit the application for the incentive (the so-called “Scheda domanda/application form”) and to handle contractual relations with GSE.

Eligible projects

Two categories of projects are eligible for the incentives introduced by the Ministerial Decree o 28 Dec. 2012:

  1. energy efficiency improvement projects;
  2. small-scale projects concerning systems for production of thermal energy from renewables and high-efficiency systems.

Public administrations may apply for incentives for both categories of projects (categories A and B).

Private parties may apply for incentives only for small-scale projects concerning systems for producing thermal energy from renewables and high-efficiency systems (category B).

The incentive will be limited to the portion of the project exceeding the one required for complying with the obligation of integrating renewables into new buildings and existing buildings subject to major renovations (as per Legislative Decree 28/11) and for obtaining the building licence.

How to apply for support

Under Legislative Decree 28/11, the incentive is paid by GSE. To this end, GSE will develop a dedicated Internet portal, through which interested parties may apply for the incentive and upload the required documents.

In particular, the responsible party will have to complete an application form specifying the data of the building where the project is to be implemented and the features of the project. These data will enable GSE to check whether the responsible party meets the technical requirements indicated in the decree and to calculate the incentive.

For details about the procedure for applying for incentives, go to the How to apply for support webpage (italian version).

For projects replacing existing winter heating systems with systems equipped with heat pumps or biomass heaters having an overall nominal thermal capacity of more than 500 kW and of up to 1 MW, the responsible party must file an application with GSE in order to be enrolled into the appropriate electronic registries.


The incentives may be granted only for projects which do not benefit from other forms of government support, except for guarantee funds, revolving funds and loans.
For publicly-owned buildings for public use, the incentives introduced by the Ministerial Decree of 28 Dec. 2012 may be cumulated with grants, in accordance with national and EU legislation.

The incentives may be awarded for projects benefiting from other non-government incentives which may be cumulated, in accordance with the applicable national and EU legislation.

This page was last updated on 08/04/2013