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Energy Efficiency

EEA Grants

Romania (RO05)

Key Facts

Reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants
Programme operator:
Ministry of European Funds
Donor programme partner:
Programme number:
Date of approval:
01 October 2013
In implementation
Total grants amount:
€ 8,000,000.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 8,000,000.00
From Norway Grants:
The projects may be implemented until 2016/2017

Calls for proposals

There are no further calls for proposals.

More information

Programme website Overview of projects Programme Agreement EEA Grants Romania country page

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Programme Summary


Why is the programme needed?
Reducing energy consumption and eliminating energy wastage are among the main goals of the EU. In accordance with the Climate and Energy Package adopted by the European Parliament, the aim is to improve energy efficiency by 20%. This target is to be achieved by 2020. In Romania, industrial processes contribute to approximately 15% of the total greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, improving energy efficiency in the industrial sector has a major potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By targeting the Romanian industry sector and energy efficiency improvements for SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) the aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time improving the competitiveness of Romanian SMEs. The benefits of improved energy efficiency extend far beyond achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing demand for fossil fuel also helps reduce other environmental problems such as poor urban air quality, acid rain and eutrophication.

What will the programme achieve and who are the beneficiaries?
The programme has the aim of improving the energy efficiency in industry, with SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) as the target group. The programme will also cater for increased awareness in relation to energy efficiency measures. The aim is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants.

How will it be achieved?
The programme supports projects that will deliver results relating to:

-    20 Small and Medium sized Enterprises with reduced energy consumption resulting from energy efficiency measures;
-    Extended experience at local level in promoting viable projects in the field of energy efficiency;
-    5 publicity events targeting 100 Small and Medium sized Enterprises relevant for energy efficiency measures.

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
Bilateral relations are supported through a fund of €141,176 which provides assistance for partner search for partnership projects and activities encouraging networking and the sharing of knowledge and best practices. The fund focuses on Romanian projects that envisage the involvement of partners from Iceland, Liechtenstein and/or Norway. A fund for complementary action will also stimulate the exchange of experience and best practices among beneficiary states.

What are the partnership opportunities?
A call for the bilateral fund will be published during the third quarter of 2013. The call for proposals is open for bilateral project partnerships.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?
Small and Medium sized Enterprises registered in Romania are eligible to apply as project applicants. There will be one call for project proposal, with funding in the range of €200,000 to €700,000.