BPIE has been active in Romania since 2011 with the mission of supporting an ambitious implementation of EU energy policies for buildings, supporting the growth of national energy efficiency and renewable energy markets.

From 2011, BPIE established a strategic collaboration with Romania’s national authorities and, together with key private stakeholders, has contributed to successful implementation of EU legislation for buildings, particularly addressing the issue of financing: the key barrier to building renovation in Romania.

In 2012, as a result of joint efforts together with stakeholders and policymakers, Romania received over € 100 million from EU Structural Funds for the implementation of a financing scheme addressing multi-apartment houses owned by low-income occupants.

After a consultation process and building on the work of the ENTRANZE project, BPIE designed a “shadow renovation strategy” for Romania which was largely taken on by the national government and adopted as the official submission to the European Commission in 2014 as required by the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED, Article 4). It is now enshrined in Romanian law. BPIE analysed this strategy as well as 9 others in its study Renovation strategies of selected EU countries , which revealedthat Romania is on the right track, but more can be done to improve the current plan. The second version of the renovation strategy was submitted early 2018 and it builds on the first version and on BPIE’s analysis.

In 2018 and 2019, BPIE was involved in several events in the framework of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums related to Romania. The aim of Sustainable Energy Investment Forums (SEI Forums) is to work with national stakeholders in order to boost large-scale investment and financing for sustainable energy.

BPIE also provided relevant information for the development of a Romanian strategy to implement nZEBs and a cost-optimal methodology for building refurbishment. BPIE’s recommendations were acknowledged in the nZEB national action plan in the Concerted Action country report on implementing the EPBD.

Following the release of the European Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, BPIE published a briefing analysing the elements related to achieving this vision and highlights missing elements which need to be addressed through the legislative negotiations with the European Council and Parliament. A Romanian version containing the implications for Romania is available.

Under the framework of the EUKI project, “Accelerating climate action buildings – strengthening civil society and policy-makers in Romania and Bulgaria”, BPIE develops capacity and transfer knowledge, enabling municipalities and civil society to integrate building renovation strategies in local and National Energy and Climate Plans. In a guidance, BPIE recently mapped out available financial schemes for energy efficiency improvements in buildings focusing on accessibility of funding in Romanian and Bulgarian municipalities.


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