PRESS RELEASE Closing conference of RO07 Programme “Adapting to climate change” financed through EEA grants 2009 – 2014

The Ministry of Environment, as Programme Operator for the EEA grants 2009 – 2014, organized on Tuesday, 28th of November 2017 the closing conference of RO07 programme “Adapting to climate change”.

During the conference the program objectives, the results achieved and the degree of achievement of the indicators set out in the Program Agreement have been presented.  The total budget of the Programme was 5.078.116 Eur, out of 4.316.399 Eur non-reimbursable financing from the EEA grants 2009 – 2014 and 761.717 Eur co-financing from the state budget through the Ministry of Environment.

The general objective of the Programme was to reduce human and ecosystem vulnerabilities to climate change and to develop a set of best practices on adaptation to climate change.  For this purpose, under the RO07 Programme, the pre-defined “Green path to sustainable development” project was implemented, with a budget of 4.680.460 Eur. Through this project were developed strategies and measures to adapt to climate change and actions to improve energy efficiency for buildings were also implemented.

Through its results, the RO07 Programme provides the technical resource (experts) for assessing and reducing the vulnerability to climate change of institutions, organizations and the public in the 7 Center Region, as well as instruments for climate change adaptation, i.e. strategies, action plans, guidelines, studies on climate change adaptation.

Results from the implementation of the RO07 Programme:

  • 3 strategies and 3 action plans on adaptation to climate change for the vulnerable sectors identified in the municipalities of Sibiu, Tg. Mures and Brasov (transport, energy, etc.);
  • 1 Guide for the elaboration of a strategy for adaptation to climate change (in Romanian and English);
  • 5 specific guides for selected vulnerable sectors;
  • 4 meteorological studies;
  • 1 traffic study on the assessment of traffic efficiency and alternative routes in extreme event situations;
  • 300 people from public authorities and institutions, environmental NGOs, economic operators and media, trained in adaptation to climate change;
  • a university module for students on climate change adaptation and vulnerability of sectors to these changes;
  • a post-graduate course attended by 20 learners to improve their knowledge on adaptation to climate change;
  • a network of communication operators on adaptation to climate change;
  • an education and monitoring/research center on adaptation to climate change in Tg. Mures;
  • 3 performance meteorological stations for monitoring meteorological parameters, stations integrated into the national meteorological network. The data obtained will contribute to the development of forecasts and warnings for severe weather events with the aim of providing real-time meteorological information;
  • The headquarters of Sibiu Environment Protection Agency adapted to climate change and in terms of energy efficiency, resulting a reduction of the energy consumption of the building by approx. 48% by providing heating, cooling and ventilation systems based on heat pumps and solar panels, rain water trap and recirculation, green roof and thermal insulation systems;
  • The headquarters of Grimm Brothers Kindergarten in Sibiu adapted to climate change and energy efficiency improvement, resulting in a reduction in annual consumption
  • total energy of the building, by approx. 30% by thermal insulation of the building and installation of solar panels;
  • The building of the Social Center Targu Mures improved in terms of energy efficiency, resulting in a reduction of the total annual energy consumption of the building by approx. 20% by thermal insulation of the building and replacement of the heat power plant boilers;
  • 089 linear meters of electricity and communication cables descended underground on the main city streets, Victoriei Bld., V. Milea Bld., Coposu Bld., Alba Iulia and Dumbravii St.

The closing event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environment (Programme Operator for EEA grants 2009-2014), National Environment Protection Agency, National Environmental Administration, Norway, as donor State, the Norwegian Environmental Agency, but also project promoters financed by EEA grants 2009 – 2014.  Representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds were also present as the National Contact Point for EEA grants, The Certification and Payment Authority, as well as representatives of local authorities.

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