Energy efficiency has become a priority globally, but also in the policies of the European Commission, which Romania has the obligation to implement. The concrete measures of energy efficiency can no longer be postponed at national level, especially in buildings, where we spend 90% of the time. Increasing their energy performance will lead not only to reducing bills, but also to improving work health and productivity, due to better indoor air quality.
“It is time to put the words in line with the facts in our country, because I do not think we have the luxury of maintaining at declarative level our projects and intentions related to energy efficiency. It is time to develop concrete tools and programs to finance energy efficiency in Romania,” said Radu Dudău, director of the Energy Policy Group, a think-tank specialized in energy and coordinator of the project Efficient Romania.
In the five months since the start of the Efficient Romania project, training courses were organized on the topic of energy management for local public administration officials, with reputed lecturers, to clarify the opportunities and available tools. Also, there were public information and education actions, but also a large quantitative survey of public opinion on energy efficiency. In partnership with the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and ANRE, a training course for energy managers will be organized, whose role is essential for designing and implementing efficiency measures at local level.
The benefits of energy efficiency are reflected not only in lowering bills, but also in increasing comfort and in a smaller impact on the environment and the consumption of energy resources.
“I think energy efficiency is very important, because energy is the foundation of our lives. We cannot live without heat, electricity, mobility. However, the energy consumed also has an impact on the environment, so we must use it efficiently. As we can see, the younger generations have very demanding expectations from us,” said Christina Verchere, CEO of OMV Petrom, the sponsor of the Efficient Romania Project.