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Flanders actively supports ecological investments

Thinking of going green in terms of your investments in Flanders? Consider applying online for an investment grant from Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO).

Ecology Premium-Plus (EP-Plus)

  • For all enterprises established in Flanders with main activities fall into one of the approved sectors of the NACE Code.
  • Subsidy calculated on the basis of the supplementary investment cost of the eligible investment components up to EUR 1,000,000 total over a period of 3 years.
  • Only granted to technologies on a limitative technology list (LTL):
    • Environmental technologies;
    • Energy technologies;
    • Renewable energy.
  • Investments eligible for support through green power certificates (solar panels, wind turbines, etc.) and cogeneration certificates (CHP) are not eligible for EP-Plus.
  • Amount of aid depends on the size of the company, the performance of the technology and the type of technology. Up to 25% for environmental investments (12.5% for large enterprises).
  • Subsidies can be increased with a subsidy bonus of up to 10% for enterprises subjected to certain scans that hold environmental certificates or an environmental management system.

Strategic Ecology Support (STRES)

  • For companies using technologies which are, due to their exceptional and unique character, not on the LTL list.
  • Intended for strategic environmental projects that:
    • contribute to global solutions (environmental or energy issues);
    • focus on closed circuits (renewable energy, sustainable use of material, recuperation of material);
    • feature process integrated solutions.
  • Companies must have investments of a minimum of EUR 3 million.
  • Support depends on the type of investment, the performance of the technology and the size of the company:
    • Environmental technologies;
    • Energy-saving technologies;
    • Renewable energy & combined heat and power.
  • Support for SMEs amounts to as much as 40% (30% for large enterprises) and is limited to a maximum of EUR 1 million every 3 years.
  • A feasibility study is required.

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