Romanian Climate Forum: building on REC experience with climate platforms

November 11, 2014
MULTI-SECTORAL APPROACH: Rifat Unal Sayman, Country Office Director of REC Turkey, addresses participants at the Climate Forum in Bucharest.

The Regional Environmental Center Romania organised the first meeting of working groups within the Climate Forum, which was held on November 5, 2014. The project was financed by EEA grants 2009-2014 through the NGO Fund in Romania. The value of the grant is just over EUR 127,000.

The project has started a dialogue between key stakeholders of the sectors targeted by the National Strategy for Climate Change: academia, industry, public authorities and environmental NGOs. The event presented REC Turkey's experience in implementing a similar climate platform in Turkey: Iklim Platformu. The representative of the Romanian Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Nicoleta Rosu, transmitted the ministry's support for the project and concluded that during the next period Romania has to address climate change more actively through industrial investment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from several sectors. Also, because at low carbon consumption economies have gained an advantage at European and global levels, an intersectoral approach is much needed for establishing objectives and measures that could ensure sustainable development and reduced emissions.

The second part of the event consisted of three parallel working group meetings on energy efficiency, sustainable transport, and communication, during which many best practices and recommendations were presented by the following partner organisations: the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Bucharest City Hall, the Association for Metropolitan Mobility, Terra Mileniul III, Greenitiative, the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce, RoSEFF, and Infomediu Europe.

Fifty-five participants representing public authorities, companies, professional associations, embassies and institutes attended the meeting. Responses to feedback questionnaires indicate that participants considered the entire event a positive forward step on climate change issues. The participants appreciated the range of professional diversity, the presence of decision makers connected with sustainable transport and energy efficiency, as well as the content of the presentations. They also salute this initiative for generating multi-sectoral dialogue and have made recommendations to further develop the Climate Forum.