Territorial Association for Energy and Energy Efficiency (ATE3) has launched for the public with the ambition to attract to its ranks a large number of small and medium enterprises interested in reducing their costs and increasing their competitiveness by energy efficiency. At Energy Breakfast Club, ATE3’s President Felix Căprariu made an introduction to the application of legal regulations in the field and proposed several lines of action for energy efficiency in small and medium business.
One of these is related with upgrading secondary regulations so that the regulations to explicitly include energy efficiency obligations for SMEs, including an energy audit at every 3-4 years and elaborating programs for energy efficiency improvement with short-term, medium, and long term plan of measures. Without such obligations, says Felix Căprariu, the small operators can not receive official guidance in developing a plan in the energy efficiency.
Mariana Voicu, Director of Industrial Policy Directorate in the Ministry of Economy has provided the audience the latest information on the energy efficiency financing program for SMEs, conducted by the Ministry. More specifically, there are nearly 7 million euro made available to small businesses in Romania, through European economical mechanism from several European donor countries such as Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein.
Call for projects within weeks
The overall goal of the program is to reduce disparities between Member States in the European Economic Area. Eligible projects will be selected from those with measurable effects in reducing the carbon footprint and reducing energy consumption in industrial processes, according to state aid rules.
“We hope that in a few weeks will be able to launch the call for proposals, on the Ministry of Economy’s website and on the Ministry for European Funds’ website. The program will operate according to de minimis aid scheme’s principles: grants available of 60,000 to 200,000 euros for each project with and an aid intensity of 70%,” explained Mariana Voicu. This amount is formed from non-reimbursable EU financing (85%) and Romania’s budgetary resources (15%).
De minimis aid scheme is curently under approval by the Competition Council, Mariana Voicu said, and will be published in the Official Gazette immediately after approval.
The Energy Breakfast Club meeting in 11 February was attended by over 90 experts active in the field, both from companies and organizations that can contribute to raise external financing.
We managed to do it, can you?
The presentations session was closed by Claudiu Butacu, President of Solar Decathlon Bucharest Association (EFdeN). He presented the history of their achievement and the technical data describing the energetic active house EFdeN, the Romanian project that participated at the international competition Solar Decathlon at the 2014 edition, Versailles, France.
In order to obtain design a solar, energy efficient and sustainable building, the Association used innovative systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, rational plumbing solutions, intelligent electronic systems and… an inside greenhouse – providing the building with an integrated multifunctional green space.
The association has managed to implement the most restrictive European directives in the field, and fought the slow bureaucratic procedures in Romania, being now a few weeks away to rebuilding EFdeN prototype solar house in Bucharest. Their ambition is to transform it into the first Romanian Center for Comfort Research.
We support sustainability, we apply innovation, we change mindsets, say members of the Association. And they challenged the audience: We managed to do it, can you?
Representatives of AB Energy România, Accenture Technology Solution, Adrem Automation, Aggreko, Amada Viva, ASRO, Automobile Bavaria, Azimouth Training, B Team, Bartec, BCR (Banca Comercială Română), BCR Pensii, Bulboacă & Asociații, Energie Finanzierung und Kapital, CEO Management, CEZ Vânzare, Conic Design, Dalkia România, Das Engineering, DC Wire Elektro, DK Energy, Eco Solution, Electromagnetica, Energie Contracting Krobath, Energobit ESCO, Eolenvest, Escorom, Flash Lighting Services, GDF Suez, Geometry Global, Geoterm, Holcim România, Iprochim, Monsson, OMV Petrom, Radet București, Repower, Ro Invest Capital, SAS România, Schneider Electric, Schoenherr, Securitas România, Servelect, SGS România, Siemens SRL, Sixt New Kopel , Slow Energy Europe, Solaris, Star Storage, Tractebel Engineering, Tradeville, Transelectrica, Univers Ingineresc, Valeg Creative Solutions, Zamfirescu Racoți & Partners, Zazi Business, ANRE (Autoritatea Națională de Reglementare în domeniul Energiei), Ministerul Economiei, Ministerul Energiei, Parlamentul României, ABR (Asociatia Biocombustibilii in Romania), ATE3, ACUE (Federatia Patronala a Asociatiilor Companiilor de Utilitati din Energie), AIIRO (Asociația Inginerilor de Instalați din România), Ambasada Canadei, Ambasada Elveției, Camera de Comert Italiană pentru România, Centrul pentru Promovarea Energiilor Regenerabile și Eficiență Energetică, EFdeN, FREE – Fondul Român pentru Eficiența Energiei attended the presentations and participated in discussions.
WU Executive Energy Expert
During the event, Sergiu Spătaru, managing partner at Wing Media Energy Consulting, introduced the audience to the WU Energy Expert program – the innovative professional development program specially designed for executives in the Romanian energy industry.
The program, already tested in 2014, helps mid to top experienced managers to better understand energy related matters that are not typically studied in classic management courses. The 5-day program includes specific training within local premises. The current program follows closely the quality of the MBA Energy Management of the WU Executive Academy.
The qualifications obtained by following the program are certified by a diploma endorsed by WU Executive Academy.
About the event
Energy Breakfast Club is a 2-3 hours meeting for energy specialists that want to be updated with the latest information and the most influential views on one hot topic. As a host, starting at 09:00, energynomics.ro provides the moderator and the coffee, proposes the theme and launches invitations to speakers.
These are selected from people that know the topic best and are responsible for organizing ideas and intellectual challenges. Presentations do not exceed 45 minutes and are intended to be starting points for dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives. The club closes at 12:00.
Access to Energy Breakfast Club is open to all professionals in the Romanian energy industry and related sectors, based on a custom invitation launched by energynomics.ro. You can write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation or propose a theme!