The Municipality of Sector 6 in Bucharest has four environmental priorities, namely the creation of green spaces, energy efficiency in public and private buildings, waste management and the digitalization of the administration.
From an energy efficiency perspective, there are requirements for more and more public buildings such as schools, kindergartens and nurseries to reduce their energy consumption, said Paul Moldovan, Public Administrator of Sector 6, at the conference “Energy Efficiency for Energy Transition” organised in București by Energynomics together with the Romanian Energy Efficiency Fund – FREE and the Directorate for Energy Efficiency within the Ministry of Energy.
Problems arise, however, in the case of private buildings, which should be dealt with by their owners and not by the town hall.
“Owners should, in partnership with the private sector, take care of this. Unfortunately, mayors and municipalities have become accustomed to funding communities. We have accessed all the funds we have available,” Moldovan said.
The City Hall of Sector 6 has set itself a target of renovating 50 blocks a year, out of a total of 1,400 blocks in need of such work, but it needs new sources of funding as the costs are high. So far, the city has renovated more than 400 blocks.
Sector 6 is “extremely backward and permanently on the edge of a precipice” when it comes to waste management, and the city plans to start building a European-funded waste sorting station next year.
“Normally, the public domain should not make this kind of investment because we are supposed to have a functioning market. But we will make a sorting station, financed with European funds. We will start the work in 2024,” Moldovan said.
The conference in Buvharest was the last of a series of 5 scheduled by the Energynomics communication platform, the Romanian Fund for Energy Efficiency – FREE and the Directorate for Energy Efficiency within the Ministry of Energy. The project was financed by Norwegian Grants 2014-2021.