Climate protection contracts – launch of the funding program

BMWK launches groundbreaking funding program and IREES was part of it: “Climate Protection Contracts for Industry” – A significant step towards climate neutrality in industry.

Climate protection contracts are a funding instrument based on contracts for difference that target the CO2 price (so-called CCfDs). For the first time, operating costs for climate-friendly industrial production can be subsidized. IREES GmbH was involved in the design of this pioneering program with the project partners Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, DIW Berlin – German Institute for Economic Research and PIK – Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as part of a BMWK project.

What makes this program so innovative? Companies offer a CO2 price to cover their greenhouse gas avoidance costs and have the opportunity to receive funding as part of a competitive process. The funding period is 15 years, with a total funding volume of four billion euros. Funding cost efficiency is at the heart of the evaluation: the program is designed to ensure cost-effective funding.

Further information about the program can be found here: Carbon Contracts for Difference – Klimaschutzverträge (

More about the project: Scientific further development of climate protection contracts for industry – IREES GmbH