Grant Scheme Clean and Zero-Emission Building Materials

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has made a planned grant scheme to reduce the emission of nitrogen, CO2 and particulate matter from building materials.

Objectives

The grant programme for Clean and Zero-Emission Building Materials (SSEB in Dutch) aims to reduce the emissions of nitrogen, CO2, and particulate matter of building materials.

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.

Requirements

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.
  • A purchase agreement is required, meaning an offer is not sufficient. Purchase agreements agreed upon as of 1 January 2022 are eligible for the programme retroactively.

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 € 300,000 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.).

Conditions

  • 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

Evaluation criteria

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

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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

The paths Purchase and Retrofit, as well as Feasibility Studies, open on May 9. Applications will be reviewed in accordance with the first come, first serve principle. It is therefore advisable to submit your applications on this date. For Experimental Development, the programme opens on 31 May, with a deadline of 31 August 2022

A complete list of eligible vehicles and vessels for both purchase and conversion.

AConstruction EquipmentPurchase and retrofit zero-emissionRetrofit SCR
A1.1asphalt/concrete sawing (mobile)JJ
A1.2asphalt milling machineJJ
A1.3asphalt spreading machineJJ
A1.4asphalt loaderJJ
A1.5ballast finishing machineJJ
A1.6paving machine (self-propelled)JJ
A1.7concrete machine/paverJJ
A1.8cement pumpJJ
A1.9soil stabiliserJJ
A1.10bulldozerJJ
A1.11wire craneJJ
A1.12dumperJJ
A1.13emulsion spraying trolleyJJ
A1.14milling machine for asphalt or concreteJJ
A1.15asphalt boilerJJ
A1.16backhoe loaderJJ
A1.17grader/road grinderJJ
A1.18pile-driving/foundation machineJJ
A1.19aerial platformJN
A1.20cable pulling winchJJ
A1.21mobile drilling unitJJ
A1.22mobile crusherJJ
A1.23Mobile excavator (excluding "transfer machine")JJ
A1.24mobile belt conveyor JJ
A1.25mobile debris crusherJJ
A1.26mobile sifting plantJJ
A1.27Material handler for hydraulic engineeringJN
A1.28tracked dumperJJ
A1.29tracked excavatorJJ
A1.30rough terrain forkliftJJ
A1.31skid steer loaderJJ
A1.32wheeled or tracked shovelJJ
A1.33wheeled or tracked loading shovelJJ
A1.34wheel loader on wheels or tracksJJ
A1.35articulated shovel (on caterpillar tracks of wheels)JJ
A1.36shuttle buggyJJ
A1.37trencher/draglinejJ
BAuxiliary functionsPurchase and retrofit zero-emissionRetrofit SCR
B1Electric power take-off (PTO) for propulsion of vehicle body, being:
B1.1truck-mounted crane (squeeze truck)JN
B1.2cement mixerJN
B1.3cement pumpJN
B1.4indoor loaderJN
B1.5drillJN
B1.6front-end cylinder
JN
B1.7hookliftJN
B1.8cable systemJN
B1.9chain systemJN
B1.10downward cylinderJN
B1.11portal arm systemJN
B2truck-mounted forklift/ harvesterJN
B3propulsion of auxiliary function on a vessel, not being propulsion:JN
B3.1soil pressJN
B3.2piling bargeJN
B3.3multicatJN
B3.4craneJN
CConstruction vehiclesPurchase and retrofit zero-emissionRetrofit SCR
C1concrete mixer (lorry/semi-trailer) (bodywork code 15)JN
C2concrete pump vehicle (bodywork code 16)JN
C3drill trolley (bodywork code 28)JN
C4dump truck (bodywork code 10)JN
C5mobile crane, being a:
C5.1telescopic craneJN
C5.2tower craneJN
C5.3crawler craneJN
C5.4rough terrain craneJN
C5.5wire craneJN
C5.6crane truck (bodywork code 26 or designation SF)JN
C6vehicles for loading and unloading drop-off bins and drop-off containersJN
C6.1container carrier (bodywork code 8)JN
C6.2vehicle with hook (bodywork code 9)JN
C7Aerial platform (bodywork code 27)JN
DSeagoing construction equipmentPurchase and retrofit zero-emissionRetrofit SCR
D1anchor handling tugsNJ
D2multifunctional tugboatNJ
D3pusherNJ
D4pushbusterNJ
D5semi-submersible barges/pontoonsNJ
D6cable layer/pipe cutterNJ
D7crane shipNJ
D8multipurpose workboat/multicatNJ
D9offshore/seaworthy installation vesselsNJ
D10project cargo ship/heavy cargo shipNJ
D11ships for construction support, supply, special purposeNJ
D12(trailing) hopper dredgerNJ
D13cutter suction dredgerNJ
D14water injection dredgerNJ
D15split hopper bargeNJ
D16spoon crane dredging pontoonsNJ
D17stone dumping vessel/fall pipe vesselNJ

 

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