We made it, the SEAP is ready!

We made it, the SEAP is ready!
Published by Liliana Topliceanu on 25/03/2015

The elaboration of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan is not a simple mission for any community, and it is all the more difficult for a group of communities. In this case, 12 rural communities, with different administrations, different development plans and different budgets, are involved. To bring all these individualities under the umbrella of a single vision is truly difficult and what has been achieved through the 100 RES Communities project is a unique experience in Romania.

The 12 communities from Romania grouped under the label of Bacau County for CoM, and which joined the Covenant of Mayors in February 2013, have been daring enough to elaborate a common Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

In general, before it sets out to elaborate a sustainable energy strategy, any municipality takes into consideration several elements: the energy consumption and production at community level, the sustainable energy potential of the area, the measures that can be taken to increase energy efficiency, the budget that can be allocated by the community and the funding sources that can be accessed. For the signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, this plan must be correlated with the result of greenhouse gas emissions for the sake of obtaining a reduction by at least 20% of such emissions.

It is also important to mention that the new economic sites that will appear on the territory of the community must not affect BEI and the targets that the community committed itself to achieve.

The working sessions of Bacau Country for CoM, dedicated to the elaboration of the SEAP, were long and agitated, and they often turned the representatives of the townhalls from the 12 communities against one another. In order to bring all visions into one, the SEAP was elaborated as a combination of common actions of all 12 members and punctual actions that will be taken only by some of the localities.

A few of the measures agreed upon by all the communities will be implemented in all of them:

-          Energetic audit and thermal rehabilitation of schools and of all municipal buildings;

-          Replacing conventional stoves with central biomass heating or gazeification heating systems for  public buildings;

-          Application of the "Green House" national program for heritage buildings;

-          Promoting the introduction of minimum energy performance requirements for buildings according to the 372/2005 law regarding the energy performance of buildings;

-          Replacing classical lamps with LED lamps for municipal public lighting.

Some of the most relevant individual measures would be:

-          Installation of  photovoltaic systems for the power supply of administrative buildings;

-          Hydropower development on Slanic river - Slanic Moldova;

-          Installation of two horizontal axis wind turbines of 270 W / turbines for the power supply of administrative buildings – Colonesti.

Once the SEAP was settled, its formatting according to requirements and its submission to CoM was a pleasant and rewarding activity.