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TaiwanICDF and EBRD together help improve energy efficiency in public infrastructure in Romania

TaiwanICDF and EBRD together help improve energy efficiency in public infrastructure in Romania

The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have provided a loan for the municipality of Bacău, Romania, to replace the current mercury and incandescent lamps of the street lighting network with energy efficient LEDs (light-emitting diode), as well as to rehabilitate two public buildings of the City Hall and the municipal hospital for energy efficiency improvements and earthquake resistance. Once the project is completed, it is expected to result in significant energy savings of approximately 50 percent, improved reliability of street lighting and reduced maintenance costs. The project will not only produce budgetary savings for the city but also improve the living standards and environment in Bacău.

Despite the requirements of the EU Eco Design Directive 2005/32/EC, which requires phasing out inefficient lighting technology, and the commitment to the EU 20-20-20 targets (which provides for 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions, 20 percent of the energy coming from renewables and a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency), the rehabilitation of the public lighting networks was not a political priority until recently. The European Union once estimated that an annual saving of 38 TWh electricity throughout Europe could be achieved by improving street lighting systems in the region.

In light of the Directive and the targets mentioned above, in 2017 the EBRD launched the Street Lighting Framework: Baltics and CSEE, under which the Bacău Urban Energy Efficiency Project is one of the sub-projects. The framework supports the introduction of best available energy efficient technology (primarily LED) and of best practice in procuring performance based design, financing, installation, operation and maintenance of energy efficient solutions, and where possible supporting private sector provision of low carbon public services. For instance, the management of street lighting in Bacău is currently implemented by a department of the city, but the EBRD will assist the municipality in developing a model of street lighting tender and contract based on performance indicators to encourage a higher level of private sector involvement. By implementing this project, Bacău will be one of the first cities in Romania to implement the LED-technology for public lighting.

The TaiwanICDF sponsored the establishment of the EBRD Green Energy Special Fund (GESF) in 2011 to promote utilization of advanced and highly efficient technologies, especially in the municipal infrastructure sector in the EBRD’s countries of operations. To date, the GESF has supported projects including LED lighting, solid waste management, grid network upgrade and electrical buses in eastern European and western Asian countries. Echoing the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition approach, environmental sustainability is now one of the core areas of cooperation between the TaiwanICDF and EBRD.

(Photo provided by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD))

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