The construction sector finds itself on a difficult crossroads: On the one hand, there is a high demand for the construction of both housing and infrastructure. On the other hand, there are strict requirements placed on nitrogen emissions in the Netherlands, which are currently still too high. These requirements are particularly strict for construction activities that might cause nitrogen deposition in areas situated within the Natura 2000 network. The latter caused many construction projects to be halted or delayed last year.
Time for action. The roadmap for Clean and Emission-free Construction (routekaart Schoon en Emissieloos Bouwen, or SEB, in Dutch) tries to break this deadlock, amongst others by encouraging companies to invest in emission-free construction machines and vessels. Making investments now will ensure that the Netherlands can become climate-neutral by 2030, with a healthy, innovative, and clean construction sector.
The main objective of the programme for Clean and Zero-emission Construction Equipment is to reduce NOx (nitrogen) emissions in the construction sector. Reducing CO2 and particulate matter emissions is an important secondary goal. Specifically, the programme aims to give an impetus to:
- The purchase of emission-free construction machines for construction work;
- The conversion of both new and existing construction machines and sea-going construction vessels by means of NOx-reducing measures, namely SCR catalysts or conversion to zero-emission propulsion;
- Feasibility studies and experimental development aimed at technology, innovation, and knowledge development in the pre-commercial phase, or purchase as part of experimental development.
These three intended objectives translate into three different paths within the programme.
First Two Paths: Purchase and Retrofit
We will discuss the paths of Purchase and Retrofit together, as they apply to the same types of machines and vehicles. Funding can be requested for machines and vehicles that meet one of the following three definitions:
- Construction machinery: This includes construction equipment in the form of mobile machinery, transportable industrial equipment, or vessels and vehicles specifically not intended for the transport of persons or goods.
- Auxiliary machinery: This includes machinery mounted on the chassis of a road or rail vehicle, or of a floating structure.
- Construction vehicles: This refers to vehicles with the vehicle qualification N2 or N3 recorded in the vehicle registration register and with the body code 9, 10, 15, 16, 26, 27 or 28, or the indication for special purposes SF.
The complete list of vehicles and vessels eligible for both Purchase and Retrofit can be found at the end of this page. It is also important to note that not all vehicles and vessels are eligible for retrofit with SCR. This is included in the list. More technical details about the exact requirements they have to meet in order to be eligible for funding are also available.
Although for reasons of space, it is not possible to list all of the technical requirements here, we provide a brief overview of the most important ones:
- Machines must be intended, or mainly used for, carrying out construction work in the open air.
- Electrically driven machines must have a continuous electrical power supply of 8 kilowatts or more.
- The battery pack that provides the energy for powering the construction machine must not contain lead.
- It is a strict requirement that the vehicles for which funding is requested, are not registered at the time the application is submitted.
- The received funding may not be stacked with other subsidies. In addition, the MIA will be deducted from the requested funding.
- The vehicle must be owned by the applicant no later than 48 months after the funding has been awarded without being transferred to third parties, and is primarily used in the construction sector in the Netherlands.
Budgets and Funding Rates
- For the category Purchase of construction machinery and machines with an auxiliary function, a total budget of € 3,330,000 is available in 2022. For construction vehicles, the annual budget this year is € 1,670,000.
- For the category Retrofit, the total budget for 2022 is € 5,000,000.
- Funding amounts to 40% of the additional costs compared to a reference construction machine, with a maximum of € 200,000 per machine. A maximum of €1 million can be applied for per applicant.
- SMEs receive an increased funding percentage of +10%.
- The funding will be awarded within 13 weeks after the application. The payment follows max. 8 months after funding has been awarded.
Third Path: Feasibility Studies and Experimental Development
The third path within this programme concerns feasibility studies and experimental development. Experimental development projects aim to accelerate the development of zero-emission construction equipment, either in the pre-commercial phase, or its roll-out. Research can also be done into the use of infrastructure for alternative energy carriers for zero-emission construction equipment or charging systems for the equipment’s batteries.
Feasibility studies are concerned with assessing whether such experimental development projects (as described above) are indeed feasible (technologically, economically, etc.).
- As indicated above, research into alternative energy carriers is also eligible. However, this explicitly does not encompass research relating to energy generation for recharging.
- Experimental development may only relate to non-combustion engine construction equipment, the energy needs of which are met by electricity, hydrogen, or non-petrochemical hydrogen carriers.
- The maximum duration of a feasibility study is 6 months.
- The maximum duration of an experimental development project is 2 years.
- Applications can also be made by a partnership, which can involve no more than one research organisation.
Budgets and Funding Rates
- In 2022, a total budget of € 1,000,000 is available for the category of feasibility studies. For the experimental development category, there are 2 rounds, with a budget of € 4,000,000 for the first round in spring; and € 5,000,000 for the second round in autumn.
- The funding percentage for feasibility studies is 50% of eligible project costs. For experimental development, this is 25%.
- The maximum amount of funding that can be requested for a feasibility study is € 50,000. For experimental development, this is a maximum of € 1,000,000.
- SMEs receive an increased funding percentage of +10%.
- For exceptional performance in knowledge dissemination and dissemination of research results, and a consortium with at least 1 SME of which no more than 70% of costs are made by a single partner, the funding percentage can, under certain circumstances, be increased further by +15%.
- Eligible costs are:
- Personnel costs
- A fixed charge for indirect costs (50% of personnel costs)
- Use of equipment and costs of materials and aids used
- Third party costs
The following evaluation criteria apply to feasibility studies and experimental development:
- Subject: technical development & practical experience
- Impact: NOx reduction, follow-up potential, & knowledge transfer
- Quality of proposal: objectives, rapid implementation, project management, cost-effectiveness, & cooperation
Annual and Final Reports
At the end of each project year and at the end of the project, the consortium must submit a report indicating the extent to which the technological and organisational obstacles have been overcome. It must also be reported to what extent legislation and regulations were experienced as a hindrance; and what the influence of the project has been on energy consumption, emissions, cost price, and applicability of the innovative technique compared to existing alternatives.
Application and Award
Whilst the exact date is as yet unknown, the programme is expected to be published in the spring of 2022. The intention is for the programme to run for multiple years, opening new calls each year on 2 January.
All applications will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Experimental development is the only exception to this and will be awarded on the basis of ranking (see also the assessment criteria above).
The deadline for this year is 30 December 2022.
A complete list of eligible vehicles and vessels for both purchase and conversion.
|A||Construction Equipment||Purchase and retrofit zero-emission||Retrofit SCR|
|A1.1||asphalt/concrete sawing (mobile)||J||J|
|A1.2||asphalt milling machine||J||J|
|A1.3||asphalt spreading machine||J||J|
|A1.5||ballast finishing machine||J||J|
|A1.6||paving machine (self-propelled)||J||J|
|A1.13||emulsion spraying trolley||J||J|
|A1.14||milling machine for asphalt or concrete||J||J|
|A1.20||cable pulling winch||J||J|
|A1.21||mobile drilling unit||J||J|
|A1.23||Mobile excavator (excluding "transfer machine")||J||J|
|A1.24||mobile belt conveyor||J||J|
|A1.25||mobile debris crusher||J||J|
|A1.26||mobile sifting plant||J||J|
|A1.27||Material handler for hydraulic engineering||J||N|
|A1.30||rough terrain forklift||J||J|
|A1.31||skid steer loader||J||J|
|A1.32||wheeled or tracked shovel||J||J|
|A1.33||wheeled or tracked loading shovel||J||J|
|A1.34||wheel loader on wheels or tracks||J||J|
|A1.35||articulated shovel (on caterpillar tracks of wheels)||J||J|
|B||Auxiliary functions||Purchase and retrofit zero-emission||Retrofit SCR|
|B1||Electric power take-off (PTO) for propulsion of vehicle body, being:|
|B1.1||truck-mounted crane (squeeze truck)||J||N|
|B1.11||portal arm system||J||N|
|B2||truck-mounted forklift/ harvester||J||N|
|B3||propulsion of auxiliary function on a vessel, not being propulsion:||J||N|
|C||Construction vehicles||Purchase and retrofit zero-emission||Retrofit SCR|
|C1||concrete mixer (lorry/semi-trailer) (bodywork code 15)||J||N|
|C2||concrete pump vehicle (bodywork code 16)||J||N|
|C3||drill trolley (bodywork code 28)||J||N|
|C4||dump truck (bodywork code 10)||J||N|
|C5||mobile crane, being a:|
|C5.4||rough terrain crane||J||N|
|C5.6||crane truck (bodywork code 26 or designation SF)||J||N|
|C6||vehicles for loading and unloading drop-off bins and drop-off containers||J||N|
|C6.1||container carrier (bodywork code 8)||J||N|
|C6.2||vehicle with hook (bodywork code 9)||J||N|
|C7||Aerial platform (bodywork code 27)||J||N|
|D||Seagoing construction equipment||Purchase and retrofit zero-emission||Retrofit SCR|
|D1||anchor handling tugs||N||J|
|D6||cable layer/pipe cutter||N||J|
|D9||offshore/seaworthy installation vessels||N||J|
|D10||project cargo ship/heavy cargo ship||N||J|
|D11||ships for construction support, supply, special purpose||N||J|
|D12||(trailing) hopper dredger||N||J|
|D13||cutter suction dredger||N||J|
|D14||water injection dredger||N||J|
|D15||split hopper barge||N||J|
|D16||spoon crane dredging pontoons||N||J|
|D17||stone dumping vessel/fall pipe vessel||N||J|
Follow us on LinkedIn!