The aid scheme was set up for the benefit of sectors likely to be particularly affected by the hike in electricity prices following the modification of the European Union's emissions trading scheme (ETS), passed in 2009 and applied as of 2013.
The aid is granted in the form of a capital subsidy.
Aid applications must be sent to the Industry Directorate at the Ministry of the Economy (Direction de l'industrie du ministère de l'Economie).
Who is concerned
This aid is available to any business carrying out an industrial activity in Luxembourg.
This involves businesses operating within sectors or sub-sectors considered to be at significant risk of carbon leakage due to EU greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme-related costs being passed on to the price of electricity as stipulated in the EU Commission's legal texts.
Aid applications must be submitted no later than 31 December 2018 for the 2017 financial year and, for the financial years 2018-2020, no later than 31 March of the year after that for which the public subsidy is being requested, or they will not be accepted. In order to ensure compliance with administrative and budgetary procedures, all applications relating to the year 2017 have to be submitted by 10 December 2018 at the latest.
Aid granted for the 2020 financial year must be applied for by 31 March 2021 and paid by 31 December 2021.
How to proceed
Filing an application
Applicants must complete the aid application form as part of the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme post-2012 and must include the documents requested in the form.
Once the application file is complete, applicants must send it:
- in electronic format (.pdf and .doc for the form, .xls for aid calculations and balance sheet/profit and loss accounts) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of the email must include the company's names and the name of the desired aid scheme;
- and by post to the Industry Directorate at the Ministry of the Economy.
In the event of a submission by post, the following must be indicated on the envelope:
Ministère de l'Economie
Demande d'aides d'Etat
The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
- a copy of the applicant's business permit and operating permit (for first-time applications or updates);
- a copy of the applicant's greenhouse gas emission permit for fixed installations (if applicable, for first-time applications or updates);
- legal structure specifying existing links, percentages of participating interests, the company name, address, breakdown of share capital, number of employees, turnover and balance sheet total (data from the last full financial year) of each business;
- a bank account identification document;
- completed MS Excel file Bilan_PP_aides_ETS.xlsx;
- MS Excel file containing all the data and the calculations on which the eligible costs and the amount of aid sought are based. Please state, where applicable, how the interchangeability of combustible fuels/electricity for certain production processes, as specified in the Commission Communication, has been taken into consideration;
- table detailing the following:
- the name of the beneficiary and a list of the installations (with the respective NACE codes) for which it has received aid;
- the sector(s) or sub-sector(s) in which the beneficiary operates;
- the year for which the aid was granted and the year in which it was paid;
- the reference production for each installation for which financial aid was received in the (sub-)sector in question;
- significant increases or reductions in production capacity, where applicable;
- annual production for each installation receiving aid in the (sub-)sectors in question for each of the years used to determine the reference production;
- annual production for each installation receiving aid in the (sub-)sector in question for the year for which the aid was paid;
- annual production of other products manufactured for each installation receiving aid not covered by electricity consumption efficiency benchmarks for each of the years used to determine the reference production (if any aid was granted on the basis of a fallback electricity consumption efficiency benchmark);
- the reference electricity consumption for each installation receiving aid (if any aid was granted on the basis of a fallback electricity consumption efficiency benchmark);
- annual electricity consumption for each of the years used to determine the reference electricity consumption (if any aid was granted on the basis of a fallback electricity consumption efficiency benchmark);
- the installation's annual electricity consumption for the year for which aid was paid (if any aid was granted on the basis of a fallback electricity consumption efficiency benchmark);
- invoices, delivery notes or similar documents evidencing annual production and annual electricity consumption;
- any other information deemed necessary.
The provisions of this aid scheme apply until 31 December 2020.
Amount of aid
The degree of aid granted is capped at:
- 80 % of eligible costs incurred in 2017 and 2018;
- 75 % of eligible costs incurred in 2019 and 2020.
The maximum amount of aid available is arrived at by multiplying eligible costs by the degree of aid.
Those who have benefited from this aid scheme on the basis of knowingly false or incomplete information may be subject to a prison term of between 4 months and 5 years and a fine of between EUR 251 and EUR 30,000, without prejudice to the requirement for the business to repay such benefits.
Forms / Online services
Demande d’intervention publique dans le cadre du système d'échange de quotas d'émission de gaz à effet de serre après 2012