The Green Industry Leap and the Climate Leap, what is the difference?

In order for Sweden to be climate neutral by 2045, the Swedish parliament, together with the EU, is introducing the funding instruments Klimatklivet (Climate Leap) and Industriklivet (Green Industry Leap) to accelerate the transition. What do they involve and who can apply for what? IMCG's Johan Emanuel explains the terms.

"The Climate Leap and the Green Industry Leap are funds that come from both the EU and from Sweden to accelerate Sweden's transition to a fossil-free society. The purpose of the funds is to give both Swedish industry and society an extra push in the transition to zero emissions of greenhouse gases," Johan Emanuel, funding expert at IMCG, says.

Green industry leap - decarbonising Swedish industry

The Green Industry Leap is a financial support programme that is linked to the climate decision adopted by the Swedish parliament, stating that Sweden will have zero net emissions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere from 2045 onwards. After this date, Sweden will achieve negative emissions.

"The focus here is on innovation and industrial companies and is tailored to enable reductions in emissions from Swedish industry," Johan Emanuel says.

Support, in the form of grants, is given to feasibility studies, research, pilot and demonstration projects. The programme can also invest in the three areas where it is judged the support can provide the greatest benefit:

  • The process industry's emissions of greenhouse gases
  • Negative emissions
  • Strategically important investments in the industry.

Climate leap - because all of society must decarbonise

The Climate Leap has a broader target group and is addressed to companies, municipalities, regions and organisations across the whole of Sweden. It is investment support, and it enables applicants to invest in the fossil-free technology of the future and the green transition. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency administers the Climate Leap budget, which has government funding together with funding from the EU. One feature of the Climate Leap is that the projects that are granted funding could not have been implemented without this specific support.

"This is about realising projects that are important for the Swedish transition that, however, could not be implemented without the Climate Leap. This could be, for example, projects with broader environmental aspects where the financial conditions that can be found in industrial investments are lacking. The underlying idea is that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency will open up for all investments that can make a difference for the climate and sustainability," Johan Emanuel, IMCG, explains.

The agencies are open for dialogue

"Both the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency are open for dialogue on projects, which creates a good basis for the application process. The financiers are clearly demonstrating that they are focused on, and want to support, organisations and projects that are working in this direction," Johan Emanuel says.

Less red tape

One of the advantages with applications to these national administrative funding programmes is that the proposal process is not as comprehensive as those to the EU programmes. They do need, of course, good and well-written support in the form of documents and calculations, but not to the same extent as, for example, in the EU's Horizon Europe programme.

"We have seen that our strengths at IMCG with solid experience of successful proposals to the EU programmes are a major benefit when we help clients in these national programmes. Our experience of complex EU proposals is a great help for companies applying to the national programmes," Johan Emanuel concludes.

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