The launch of the Buildinterest platform on Euroquity triggered new financial initiatives with regard to enabling energy efficient renovation in corporate real estate. New financial means to support the EE sector has been a priority for French stakeholders, but its realization remained uncertain for quite a long time. However Bpifrance gathered enough support in house to launch a new financial scheme dedicated to energy efficient companies. From 2018, companies that carry out EE renovation works may be eligible to a tax reduction within the framework of this new energy efficiency lease property scheme. Its effective coming into effect of these schemes depends on the Finance Act 2018, but it is close to completion.
The development of this new offer happens in a context of very few financial incentive mechanisms in place to encourage business investment in more EE buildings, despite ambitious public policy objectives to reduce energy consumption and improve the energy performance of the French housing stock. Therefore, there are high hopes that the scheme will, among other things, have a knock-on effect on all banks operating in the real estate leasing market, improve the energy performance of the professional building stock (kwh/m²) and enhance the value of companies’ real estate assets and improving their cash flow.