Factsheet of the 1st National Roundtable in Romania

“Financing Solutions for a Sustainable Increase of Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry”


Tuesday 12 April 2022

Organised by ENERO and Pro-nZEB, in partnership with the Department of Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Investments and European Projects, the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration, the Ministry of Energy, and the Ministry of Finance.

Roundtable Highlights


5 Sessions
Introductory Plenary
3 Parallel Sessions
Closing Plenary

108 Stakeholders
20 Speakers
88 Participants

3 Main Discussion Pillars
– Integrated renovation services for residential and public buildings
– Energy efficiency in the industry
– Development and operationalisation of financial instruments needed for the Long-Term Renovation Strategy

Key Takeaways

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Due to the present international context, it is even more important to discuss energy and energy sources. We are looking again at fossil fuels, but we are aware that the first choice should be to consume less energy. Thus, energy efficiency in buildings is a major component of this process.

László Borbély, State Counsellor of the Prime Minister of Romania, Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development - Government of Romania

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The One Stop Shop is the guarantee of an impartial source of information for the final beneficiary, providing official information and a transparent overview of financial and technical solutions on the market, thus ensuring that the beneficiary accesses the best possible solutions for his specific case.

Ella Șipetan, Timișoara Municipality

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We strongly need more actions for financial and energy efficiency education, tailored to the individual client.

Ana Maria Ciortan, Deputy Director, Alpha Bank RomAnia


Roundtable Conclusions

Integrated renovation services for residential and public buildings

  • There is a need for actions to:
    • increase the awareness and trust of building owners and tenants towards products, services, and players in the renovation market,
    • improve standardised technical procedures to reduce costs and improve the quality of services offered by reliable market operators,
    • improve the financing conditions of the investment plans targeting the renovation of the houses offered by the One Stop Shops.

    Integrated renovation services require efforts to bring together all segments of stakeholders, a difficult but crucial task to achieve energy efficiency goals.

    The implementation quality of integrated renovation services is essential.

Energy efficiency in industry services

The efforts for ESCO regulations in Romania are continued and are expected to be finalised this year. The process also includes consultations with stakeholders. Two members of SMAFIN Working Group are members of the Ministry’s ESCO Working Groups, thus way a synergy between the ministry and SMAFIN activities is assured.

A procedure to verify the capabilities of the ESCO which will enter the market once the regulations are operational should be considered.

The need for qualified energy experts will increase and the academic training should better cover the energy efficiency domain.

The banks should be more involved/invited as main stakeholders in the process of the ESCOs regulatory framework approval.

The banks are ready to be involved soon in the European money stream for EE, in complex financing mechanisms, with credits multiplying the grants. This message was clearly expressed during the discussions by BCR Bank, the largest bank in Romania in terms of assets.

Development and operationalisation of financial instruments needed for the long-term renovation strategy

The Long Term Renovation Strategy has embedded the need to integrate the different financing schemes in a consolidated programme covering the different market segments avoiding competition between different governmental programmes and facilitating coordination and coherence, especially from the point of view of the beneficiary.

Launching the different programmes in the market is challenged by the availability of mature projects ready for financing considering deep renovation involves complex investments requiring time for project preparation and implementation.

There is a lack of a comprehensive analysis of the institutional capacity and of the construction industry capability to manage the funds and, respectively, perform the ambitious targets regarding the renovation of the building.

The 3 Parallel Sessions were moderated by:

Dumitru Chisăliță, President, Association Intelligent Energy
Andrei Ceclan, President, Association of Auditors and Energy Managers SAMER
Horia Petran, Senior researcher, INCD URBAN-INCERC