Which sustainability subsidy can your company benefit from?

A sustainability grant can save a lot of money for sustainable entrepreneurs. With these subsidies, municipalities, organizations and the government hope to reduce the step to green alternatives and even make it interesting for companies. After all, sustainability is fundamental to both the future of the company and that of the planet. Read here about various subsidies from the central government and the municipality of Utrecht that apply to sustainable building, renewable energy, floor and roof insulation and other sustainable investments.

Sustainability subsidies through the central government

Innovation box

For companies that invest in innovative products and concepts, the national government has established a subsidy. The subsidy consists of a tax reduction on the profit that the investment brings to the company. This will encourage more entrepreneurs to invest in innovations, the vast majority of which are now sustainable. These investments often lead not only to the growth of an innovative and sustainable concept but also contribute well to the sustainable image of your company and your wallet.

Sustainable investments from the Environmental List

Every year the government draws up a list of sustainable projects and products. When a company invests in something from the list it is eligible for a sustainability subsidy. The subsidy is received in the form of a tax benefit, which reduces the annual tax. This is done with the voluntary depreciation of environmental investments (Vamil) and the environmental investment allowance (MIA). The benefit differs per investment. For example, you benefit from 75% Vamil and 36% MIA when purchasing recycling equipment, but when purchasing a durable propulsion system for a boat, it is 75% Vamil and 13.5% MIA. For an extensive overview of the environmental list with the subsidized sustainable investments, click here.

The environmental list also includes several subsidies relating to sustainable building. When a company wants to make its office more sustainable, there are several options in the environmental list that fall within the scope of the subsidy. Think, for example, of schemes in which packages, such as the use of sustainable wood in combination with sustainable energy installations and a green roof, together provide a certain subsidy.

Research and development subsidy (WBSO)

For companies that conduct scientific research or work on the production of sustainable innovative goods, the government offers subsidies in the form of tax relief. Both sustainable and less sustainable companies can benefit from this. For a specific list of conditions click here.

Insulation and subsidies

For sustainable entrepreneurs with a less well insulated building, the insulation can be advantageous due to available insulation subsidies. These subsidies only apply to improving the insulation of existing buildings and not to new buildings. If you insulate an existing building, this can result in an investment deduction of 30 euros per square metre. Most insulation subsidies are subject to conditions. For example, the business premises must be flat for a roof insulation. Read more about sustainability grants for insulation here.

Renewable energy grants

In order to reduce CO2 emissions, the switch to sustainable energy is very important. That is why the national government makes a prominent number of sustainable energy subsidies available. According to the government, these subsidies can benefit about 11%. By means of the Energy List, entrepreneurs can see which sustainable energy alternatives are eligible for subsidy. Examples are the investment in LED lighting for stages in theatres, systems that use waste heat to heat buildings or the purchase of electric deep fat fryers. The list is long because the investments and the goals have been made as specific as possible. The application for this type of subsidy should therefore be as specific as possible. Read more about the conditions of an application here.

Sustainability grants Municipality of Utrecht

The subsidies offered may differ per municipality. The municipality of Utrecht is actively engaged in making the city more sustainable. To speed up this process, it offers eight grants in the field of sustainability.

Global Goals grant

Organizations working on the goals of the Global Goals and also creating more awareness about the importance and awareness of these goals in Utrecht are entitled to a sustainability subsidy. This subsidy can amount to a maximum of â’¬4000. The organization must have received prior approval from the municipality so that the Global Goals are truly actively and consciously included in the policy of the activities, which may last up to twelve months. This subsidy is not necessarily for companies but more for organizations working on shorter projects and activities related to sustainability. You can find out more about this subsidy and apply for it via this link.

Opportunities for West

At Kansen van West, SMEs located in the west of the country can qualify for a sustainability subsidy. This subsidy goes to companies that work on sustainable innovations, contributions to the sustainability of cities and projects to reduce CO2 emissions. The subsidies can be substantial; the XL 3D Printer, for example, received a subsidy of over three tons and the TU Delft received a rounded sum of 2.5 million euros to stimulate a fertile labour market for sustainable energy. These are large sums of money and as a company or organisation you have to meet many requirements. Read more here.

Subsidy for more sustainable transport

This subsidy is meant for companies or organizations that want to reduce the CO2 emissions of their transport. This can be done in several ways. For example, think about investing in new pick-up methods for customers or electric transport. It must be demonstrable that at least 30% less emissions are released to be entitled to the subsidy. The maximum subsidy is â’¬30,000, depending on various factors. Read more about the amount and conditions here.

Subsidy for study into sustainable transport

This subsidy is similar to the above subsidy but focuses on the research and feasibility of sustainable transport. This allows companies to analyse and evaluate a certain transport concept in terms of function and effectiveness. The main focus is on a 30% reduction in polluting emissions. The goal is to gain more insight in green transport alternatives and to enable the future towards a sustainable city. The subsidy is up to â’¬20,000 and can be combined with the other transport subsidy. However, it is important that both subsidies have their own purpose and are not invested in the same thing. For more information, click here.

Subsidy for energy reducing measures in real estate

This subsidy can be very interesting for entrepreneurs who strive for sustainability and are located in existing buildings with a public function. The sustainability subsidy can be used when investing in roof insulation, floor insulation but also, for example, when improving windows and window frames. These measures reduce energy consumption by reducing the amount of heat escaping, and promote sustainability. The subsidy is between â’¬1,000 and â’¬50,000. The exact amount donated depends on the investment.

Solar energy subsidies

Companies, organisations and individuals can decide together to set up and roll out a solar energy project. This can manifest itself in different sizes and in different places, such as installations on roofs. The maximum amount of this subsidy is â’¬20,000, depending on the size of the project. The subsidy can be used for various purposes in the roll-out process, such as paying specialists and setting up a feasibility analysis. However, it is not possible to use the money to pay for the solar system and its installation. So there is no subsidy on solar panels themselves. Read more about the conditions of solar subsidies here.

Subsidy for cleaner transport with trade-in of old transport vehicle

This subsidy applies to both individuals and companies. For companies that own diesel cars and minibuses from emission class 1, 2 and 3, this subsidy can reduce the step towards sustainable means of transport. Entrepreneurs can receive between €200 and €1000 when they hand in a polluting means of transport for scrapping. This already creates a budget for switching to cleaner alternatives such as electric cars or bicycles. In addition, the municipality prevents the resale of polluting diesels and therefore they quickly disappear from the road. Click here for more information and find out if this subsidy can mean something for your business.

Startups also receive subsidy

The above subsidies are all sustainable in nature. But sustainable entrepreneurs are also entitled to other subsidies that are less strongly linked to sustainability. For example, startups and early-stage entrepreneurs are often also entitled to subsidies and tax breaks. Read more about these start-up grants here.

Which sustainability subsidy suits your company?

Sustainable subsidies help your company to become more sustainable and ready for the future. In some cases, your company may even end up benefiting from environmental features. This is not only good for the planet but also for the sustainable image of the company.

However, finding the right grant can be quite confusing as some grants overlap or are very similar. It is therefore always advisable to get in touch in case of uncertainty in order to gain insight into possible subsidies based on your company. In addition, it is important that the subsidy is in place before a sustainable project is initiated. In fact, several grants specify in the conditions that plans must be submitted and approved at least two months in advance.

The government has set up a handy tool with which entrepreneurs can find out within a few seconds which subsidies are appropriate for their company. This is the subsidy guide. This way, entrepreneurs can get to work in a goal-oriented way and are sure not to miss out on any sustainability subsidies. The central government also offers a platform to make the private home more sustainable, this can be done with the energy guide subsidy. Ultimately, sustainability is then easily centralised both at home and at work. So use these pointers and take a quick look at the sustainability subsidies offered in your own municipality to see what is possible.

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