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This study was commissioned by the Technical Association Energy Environment (ATEE, Association Technique Energie Environnement) with the Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME, Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maitrise de l’Energie) and carried out by Enea Consulting. It aims at specifying the positive and negative impacts that fully subsidised operations have had on the Energy Savings Certificates (ESC) sector, in order to provide recommendations on the future application of this support mechanism.
Within the framework of the Energy Savings Certificates (ESC), “Coup de Pouce” (i.e. “Helping hand”) is a scheme put in place by the French government allowing specific operations to be fully subsidised. Initially launched at the beginning of 2017, the support mechanism was extended for two years in January 2019, to all private individuals. This seeks to help them insulate their homes (insulation of attics and low floors) and reduce their energy consumption for heating (replacement of inefficient oil and gas boilers with new equipment).
"Coup de Pouce" has had a rapid impact. Among the effects, an increase in the number of "1€" offers for insulation of attics and low floors, but also for the replacement of gas boilers and even for the installation of heat pumps. There has also been a significant increase in the number of projects undertaken, exceeding the expected monthly targets before the end of the first year.