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02 March 2015

“Energy Efficiency Begins with Local Communities” Competition Results

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania announces the winners of the competition “Energy Efficiency Begins with Local Communities”. The evaluation panel established the following ranking:

1. Vulcan Local Administration, Hunedoara County;

2. Brad Local Administration, Hunedoara County;

3. Galicea Mare Local Administration, Dolj County.

Targeting the local administrations in Dolj and Hunedoara counties, “Energy Efficiency Begins with Local Communities” competition was organized within the GEF-financed project “Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania”, implemented by UNDP Romania, in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDAP), the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests (MMAP), Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC).

The evaluation of the submitted applications was made by an evaluation panel consisting of one representative from each partner institutions - MDRAP, MMAP, AAECR, UNDP - and an independent expert in the project.

The prizes for the local administrations ranked in the top three consist in the provision and installation of a sustainable heating system for an institution (school, nursery, home for the elderly, etc.) in their respective municipalities: 1st prize - heating system maximum amount of $ 20,000, 2nd prize - heating system maximum amount of 17,500 dollars, 3rd prize - heating system maximum amount of $ 15,000.

 
29 January 2015

UNDP Launches Competition: “Energy Efficiency Begins with Local Communities”

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania launches between 29 January-20 February 2015 the competition “Energy Efficiency Begins with Local Communities” which targets the local administrations in Dolj and Hunedoara counties.

Organized within the project “Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania”, the contest aims to involve as many communities in the pilot areas of the project and aims to reward the efforts of local authorities on energy efficiency measures and use of energy from renewable resources.

To this end, local administrations are invited, as of 29 January 2015 until 20 February 2015 to submit their applications, which must evidence the energy efficiency measures undertaken in their City Hall buildings and use of alternative energy in these buildings.

The prizes for the local administrations ranked in the top three will consist in the provision and installation of a sustainable heating system for an institution (school, nursery, home for the elderly, etc.) in their respective municipalities: 1st prize - heating system maximum amount of $ 20,000, 2nd prize - heating system maximum amount of 17,500 dollars, 3rd prize - heating system maximum amount of $ 15,000.

Further details regarding the competition and application rules may be found here.

The GEF-financed Project "Improving the Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania" is implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Romania), in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDAP), the Ministry of Environment, Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) and six local municipalities in Dolj and Huneadoara counties.

 
18 November 2014

ESCOs in Romania - a solution to a wider accessibility to energy efficiency measures especially in poor areas

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania, with the support of European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Romania, organized in Bucharest, on 17 November 2014, the workshop “Opportunities and Challenges: ESCOs in Romania - a solution to a wider accessibility to energy efficiency measures especially in poor areas”.

The event was attended by more than 50 participants from public administration and business sector, and benefited from the input of several technical experts invited as keynote speakers from EBRD office in Romania, UNDP Regional Center in Istanbul and WWF Hungary, presenting case studies and practical lessons learned aimed to raise awareness and contribute to information exchange on feasibility of ESCO investments.

The workshop presentations focused on ESCO best practices, as a mean to stimulate energy efficiency measures, possibly alleviate fuel poverty and enable a wider access to financing energy efficiency measures:

Further details on the workshop rationale are available here and the conclusions of the meeting can be read here

This initiative is part of a series of events on Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty - organized within the framework of the project “Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Areas and Households of Romania”, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UNDP in Romania.

 
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The UNDP Romania Country Office has been phased out at the end of December 2012, upon the completion of our Executive Board-approved Country Programme Document for Romania (2010-2012).  In this context, UNDP’s international representation in the form of a Resident Representative function has ceased as of 31 December, 2012.

As of 1 January 2013, UNDP’s presence in Romania will be constituted as Project Management Office (PMO), and will be headed by a National Head of Office.  The PMO is expected to be in place until June 2015 having its main responsibility to oversee the implementation of the residual projects portfolio.

 

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