Empowering municipal renovation action plans and use of technical assistance

The Renocally project is working to support the implementation of building renovation policies that are aligned with EU policy, such as the goal of a zero-carbon building stock by 2050 and the use of building renovation passports. By building capacity and providing technical assistance to municipalities, the project is helping to decarbonize the building stock in Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia in a cost-efficient and people-centric manner, while also taking into account legislative changes at the EU level. The project is an important part of the broader efforts to address the challenges of climate change and to promote sustainable development in the region.

The project is an initiative aimed at helping municipalities in Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia decarbonize their building stock in a cost-efficient and people-focused manner, taking into account legislative changes from the EU level. One of the main challenges that these municipalities face in implementing building renovation activities is a lack of capacity, as well as a lack of resources and a lack of clarity on mainstreaming targets and legislation. To address these challenges, the Renocally project is increasing the ambition and streamlining climate mitigation action and renovation through the use of national building renovation plans that are integrated into national energy and climate plans.

The project is also providing technical assistance to help municipalities access financing for renovation and is holding a master class on technical assistance to reach a diverse group of stakeholders within the target countries. This will empower them to plan renovation activities and realize the greenhouse gas emission reduction potential of the building sector. In addition to this, the Renocally project is involving key stakeholders in designing and implementing building renovation policies, including policymakers, public authorities, and local communities. This will help ensure that the policies are effective and relevant to the needs of the municipalities.

One key aspect of the Renocally project is its focus on supporting the implementation and benefit from national plans and policies in Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia. For example, the project is working with the National Program for Energy Efficiency of Multifamily Buildings in Bulgaria, the Ordinance 18/2009 on energy efficiency in Romania, and the SlovSEFF in Slovakia. These national plans and policies can provide a valuable framework for building renovation efforts in the target countries, and the Renocally project is helping to ensure that they are effectively implemented and utilized by municipalities.

To sustain the project outcomes and facilitate the replication of the results to other governance levels, jurisdictions, and stakeholders, the Renocally project is implementing targeted communication and outreach activities, such as side events at conferences and webinars. These activities will help to raise awareness of the benefits of building renovation and encourage the adoption of similar policies in other regions.


The project’s coordinator is Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) and the other project partners are Centre for Energy Efficiency EnEffect, AE3R Ploiesti-Prahova, TERRA Millennium III Foundation, and Buildings for the Future (B4E).

The RENOCALLY project is supported by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag. The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit: