Romania must prove that 20% of future European funds will be used for tackling climate change. This statement is the conclusion of the conference on “Sustainable Development in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the role of NGOs in its implementation, organized by Terra Mileniul III Foundation.
The event targeted public authorities involved in the following timeline of structural funds programming, as well as NGOs involved in monitoring European funds and their beneficiaries.
“Member states must prove that by the spending of European funds they will contribute 20% toward tackling climate change. They will have to offer information regarding the support for climate actions using a methodology based on intervention categories, focus areas and measures taken under each of the investment or structural funding schemes.”, declared Madalina Iliuta, counselor in the Ministry for European Funds.
According to Madalina Iliuta’s statement, Romania will set investment priorities that target tackling climate change:
- Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors by promoting emission reduction strategies particularly in urban areas, as well as promoting research and innovation in the low carbon technologies field.
- Promoting adaptation to climate change, risk prevention and management by supporting investment in climate change adaptation, including ecosystem based approaches.
- Indirect reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by investment in other sectors.
National economy: low production vs. high consumption
“Implementing the necessary measures to fight climate change is a necessity not only because Romania has the obligation to reach the European targets and to comply with the regulations regarding the spending of European funds, but also because the Romanian economy needs to become more efficient and sustainable”, declared Lavinia Andrei, president of Terra Mileniul III Foundation.
From this perspective Romania needs to adopt urgent measures to use resources in a more efficient way, especially when taking into consideration the fact that according to Eurostat (2010) our country occupies the last place in Europe on the resource efficiency indicator (after Bulgaria and Estonia). This indicator is based on how efficient we capitalize on our resources, as well as on the degree of resource management and preservation in the context of environmental protection under economic growth.
At the same time Romania must implement urgent measures in the energy sector. Romania is the third highest energy consumer in the EU and the third country on the highest carbon emission scale. According to the “European Semester” report (includes the European Commission recommendations for each member state), apartment buildings consume up to 8 times more energy than the average calculated for EU15, due to inefficient isolation and heating systems.
The conference was organized within the project “Public Policy Partners: Improving Collaboration with NGOs Public Administration in the Europe 2020 strategy “ developed by Terra Milleniul III Foundation in partnership with the Climate Action Network Romania. The project is co-financed by the European Social Fund Operational Programme “The Development of Administrative Capacity 2007-2013”