Renocally kicks off to decarbonise the Bulgarian, Romanian, and Slovakian Building Stock

Renocally, a new project funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) has just launched. The two-year project will build capacity for municipalities and policymakers in Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia to decarbonise the countries’ building stock in a cost-efficient, people-centric way, taking into account legislative changes at EU level.

by Renocally,

Published: 18 April 2023
construction seen from the ground with scaffolding

Enhancing competences in Eastern European municipalities to reach Fit-for-55 compliance and EU GHG reduction targets

Renocally aims to trigger deep renovation in target municipalities by:

  • Supporting municipalities in implementing Building Renovation Passports;
  • Creating a Master Class on Technical Assistance to support municipalities’ access to financing for renovation;
  • Preparing for the implementation of the upcoming recast EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive) requirements;
  • Increasing the target municipalities overall knowledge and skills on building stock decarbonisation and deep renovation.

Construction worker, Photo: ©Renocally

A diverse range of stakeholders will be engaged within the target countries throughout the project’s lifetime. The Renocally consortium will empower municipalities to plan renovation activities, thereby realising the GHG emission reduction potential of the building sector. Workshops and knowledge sharing webinars will be organised to sustain the project outcomes and facilitate replication of the results to other governance levels, jurisdictions, and stakeholders.

A European policy landscape ripe for change

Renocally builds capacity for policymakers to implement EU legislation like Fit-for-55 and the EPBD. The Fit-for-55 package aims to increase ambition and streamline climate mitigation action and renovation through national building renovation plans, which will be integrated into member states’ National Energy and Climate Plans.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) recast that is anticipated to be adopted in the fall 2023 is also foreseen to entail more ambitious emission reduction objectives and more rigorous measures to achieve them. As a result, member states must intensify their efforts when it comes to deep renovation projects.

This has a direct implication on municipalities and their climate plans. Policymakers in target countries will be provided additional support to fully unlock the energy saving potential and the many other benefits that deep renovation measures have to offer. Renocally will support Bulgarian, Czech, and  Romanian policymakers to implement effective building renovation policies aligned with EU policy, while contributing to the 2030 EU GHG reduction target.

Renocally is a collaborative effort between research organisations, think-tanks, and industry  professionals at the leading edge of the built environment.

Be on the lookout for updates on the project and join the conversation on decarbonisation and deep renovation of Eastern Europe’s built stock by following the hashtags: #Renocally and #RenocallyNews on social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook).

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