Renocally – Municipal Renovation Action Plans

Developing building renovation passports [BRPs] and municipal financing strategies in Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia to decarbonise these countries’ building stock.

Buildings Climate Strategies and Plans Energy Poverty Energy Transition Energy Transition and Climate-Neutral Buildings

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Project info

Countries:

Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia

Project duration:

02/23 - 01/25

Target groups:

Public sector, Civil society, National governments, Private sector

Funding:

587,299.29 €

Contact info

Contact:

Rutger Broer

Partner:
  • Buildings for the Future (B4F)
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Agency “Ae3R Ploiesti-Prahova”
  • Foundation Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect
  • TERRA Millennium III Foundation

Background

The European Union’s (EU) Fit for 55 package includes a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive that aims to push climate mitigation action through national building renovation plans. As buildings are responsible for 40 per cent of energy consumption and 36 per cent of emissions within the EU, renovating ineffective buildings is key to achieving EU climate targets. In this regard, local governments are an essential factor in decarbonising buildings. More specifically, public officials’ capacities to develop Building Renovation Passports (BRPs) – documents outlining a long-term step-by-step renovation roadmap for individual buildings – and financing strategies to accelerate building decarbonisation need to be strengthened. Furthermore, these renovations do not only reduce emissions but also reduce energy costs amidst high energy prices.  

Hospital in Krankenhaus in Berkovitza
Hospital in Berkovitza, Photo: © Dragomir Tzanev_EnEffect

Project

Renocally supports municipalities and policymakers in Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia to decarbonise their building stock in a cost-efficient, people-centric way by implementing effective building renovation policies aligned with EU policy. The respective countries share a similar, inefficient building stock with high energy consumption and a high share of energy poverty. The project team conducts internal trainings for local authorities on financing and developing BRPs that aim to produce 20 BRPs and 15 municipal finance strategies. In Romania and Bulgaria, meetings with involved municipal staff are organised to discuss the training’s outcomes and get input from professionals already working with building decarbonisation. In Slovakia, results are discussed during a roundtable on BRPs with public authorities in charge of building certification and municipal energy planning. Furthermore, good practices and lessons learned are shared during a cross-country roundtable discussion in Romania and a knowledge-sharing webinar aimed at the Western Balkans. The project also plans on presenting the results at relevant policy and research conferences in the EU.

Last update: June 2024

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