Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds

ZERO500: Subsidising measures to reduce energy use in 500 low-income households to solve energy poverty

Organisation: Umanotera, Slovenska fundacija za trajnostni razvoj Website: Added: May 25, 2022
Project start date: June 01, 2020
Project end date: July 30, 2023


Through its public environmental fund Eko Sklad, Slovenia supports the energy renovation of old buildings to benefit energy-poor inhabitants. The fund pays 100% of costs (up to EUR 10,000) for investments in thermal insulation, installation of energy-efficient windows and doors, and installation of solar hot-water panels or heat pumps.

Financial data

Total funding: EUR 5.9 million

Cohesion Fund (85%)

National contribution (15%)


Grant instruments are to be focused on poor households that cannot otherwise afford such investments. Investing in deep energy renovation is a long-term solution that is superior to a temporary transfer of social funds to help energy-poor households pay their energy bills. The latter approach tackles the symptoms but fails to address the root causes of energy poverty.

Information sources

Zero500 project's website

Other info

Project's website:

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.