National initiatives: BPIE in Romania


BPIE aims to support the effective implementation of EU energy policies for buildings and to contribute to a well-developed buildings’ energy efficiency market.

The BPIE country initiative in Romania, active since 2011, has the mission to support an ambitious implementation of EU energy policies for buildings to contribute to well-developed buildings’ energy efficiency and renewable energy markets.

In order to do so, BPIE established over the years a strategic collaboration with Romania’s national authorities and, together with all important private stakeholders, contributed to a successful implementation of the EU legislation for buildings and helped them to address the key barrier to building renovation in Romania: financing.

As a result of the joint efforts, 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.

BPIE also actively supports Romanian authorities in filling data gaps to allow for the development of efficient renovation roadmaps (with a focus on single-family housings, not covered by the current scheme). After a consultation process, 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 law. BPIE analysed this strategy as well as 9 others in its study Renovation strategies of selected EU countries and found out that 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 analysis.

BPIE also provided information relevant 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. Since preparing a cost-optimality methodology is a priority for Romania (as required under the 2010 EPBD), BPIE continues to support this process.

Following the release of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, BPIE published a briefing analysing the elements in the European Commission’s package 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.

Further activities were developed in Romania within the framework of the IEE project ENTRANZE, with a special focus on designing policy scenarios and recommendations for deep renovation of the existing stock towards nZEB levels. In collaboration with experts on the ground and relevant Romanian ministries, BPIE mapped out the existing building stock, promoted best practices relevant to financing schemes and identified important policy developments which were to be implemented. These policy recommendations are now available on the project’s website.

These efforts are maintained within the project ZEBRA2020, monitoring the market uptake of nZEBs to then generate data and evidence for policy evaluation and optimization.


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