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DEI + Circular Economy

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DEI + Circular Economy

The DEI + subsidy provides financing for making the use of raw materials with subsidy more sustainable, amounts to around € 3 million per case.

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Available budget

€ 22.222.392

What is DEI + Circular Economy?

The DEI + Circular Economy regulation contributes to a more sustainable use of raw materials by using them for a longer period of time. The reuse of waste, the use of biobased raw materials in pilot projects and repairs involving CO2 reduction are subjects among which this regulation is placed. The applicant is an investor who is also the owner of the invested product or service. There is no € 22,222,392 available from the budget until December 31, 2020, and it can be requested until September 22, 2020.

DEI + application options

  • Waste recycling: useful applications through which waste materials can be recycled into new materials, products or substances
  • Biobased raw materials: replace raw materials of fossil and / or mineral origin with raw materials of biotic origin
  • Reuse: products or materials that can be reused for the same purpose for which they were made, which are not waste materials

DEI + Circular Economy Budget

The budget up to and including 31 December 2020 was set at € 44,000,000, of which € 22,222,392 is currently available. There is a maximum term until the end of 2020 for projects that apply for less than € 3 million in subsidies. The projects that are not yet realized this year can be applied for until September 22, 2020, from the budget of € 44 million. The maximum duration for projects that apply for more than € 3 million is 4 years. Projects that will only be realized in 2021 and that require a subsidy of more than € 3 million can apply for a subsidy from the budget of € 86 million under DEI + themes 2020.

DEI + Demonstration or pilot project

The difference with a demonstration project and a pilot project are that in a pilot project the installation does not become more efficient and no more sustainable energy is produced than before. Below are some conditions that an applicant must meet in a demonstration project:

  • The applicant must be someone or find someone where the new innovative product or technique or combination thereof can be applied first on the market
  • The developer can apply for a subsidy together with the investor if experimental development is still taking place within the project
  • The investor has a financial and energetic advantage with the DEI + subsidy application

Below are some examples of pilot projects that fall under the DEI + subsidy:

  • Storage technology: A product is introducing a new storage technology for electricity that helps to reduce electrical energy. This is added to solar panels that were already there, so no extra sustainable energy or efficiency. That makes it a pilot project and not a demonstration project
  • Savings elsewhere in the chain: when some form of savings takes place in the chain of the project, but not within the project. This is not seen as a demonstration project but as a pilot project

Points of attention application DEI +

When applying for a DEI + Circular Economy subsidy, there are a number of elements that you should pay attention to when applying:

  • It is important that you have a solid foundation for how the technology contributes to economic green growth. It should not only be attractive to the developer but also to the end user
  • All costs after commissioning within the DEI + are not eligible
  • Labor costs directly related to the investment count towards the project budget
  • See if there is something that functionally does the same as the sustainable investment. There is almost always a product or service that can functionally do the same. Therefore a subsidy can be made available for the additional costs of investment
  • Make sure that you have arranged your own share of the financing on time and that it is demonstrable at the time of application