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de Brún urges uptake on Energy Efficiency Funding

13 April, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP, Westminster


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún today called on both the Executive and local councils to take advantage of the new "European Energy Efficiency Facility" (EEE-F) which is due to be launched tomorrow (13 April) by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB).


Ms de Brún said: "I strongly urge our public authorities to maximise the benefit from the upcoming EEE-F which will see an increased investment in smaller scale energy saving, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout Europe.


'It is good news that the initial fund total has now been raised from €146 million to over €200 million and that that this may rise again if other investors become involved.


“Measures funded could include include: energy saving measures in public and private buildings; investment in decentralised renewable energy sources, including micro-generation; clean urban transport; the modernisation of infrastructure, such as street lighting and smart grids, as well as investment in sustainable energies with a potential for innovation and growth.

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