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.


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 Berkovitza, Photo: ©Dragomir Tzanev_EnEffect


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.

Project information

Updated: February 2023

Countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia

Project duration: 02/23 - 05/25

Funding: 587,299 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, EU Institutions, Governments

Implementing organisation:
Buildings Performance Institute Europe ASBL (BPIE)

Project Partners:
Buildings for the Future, Center for Energy Efficiency (EnEffect), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Agency, TERRA Millennium III Foundation

Project Website:

Contact Person

Mr. Rutger Broer

Organisation: Buildings Performance Institute Europe ASBL (BPIE)


Rue de la Science 23
1040 Brussels

Email: rutger.broerbpie.eu


This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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