Residential buildings are the largest end-users of energy in Moldova. With temperatures dropping below -20°C in winter, keeping out the cold is a concern for many people. Their homes often fail to do this, which means more heating, higher bills and a strong impact on the local environment.

In July 2014 Moldova became one of the first non-EU member states to transpose the EU Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings into local law, with the adoption of the Energy Performance in Buildings Law (EPBL). The new law was drafted with technical assistance from our Legal Transition Programme (LTP).

The adoption of the EPBL is a significant step towards establishing a legal and regulatory framework for improving the energy efficiency of buildings in Moldova. It also includes the provision of sustainable financing.

The Moldovan government remains focused on the correct implementation of the rules and principles established by the EPBL. It is currently discussing a follow-up technical assistance project to complement the EPBL with supporting regulations and institutions and to provide for capacity-building.

Our ongoing LTP work with the government in 2014 also focused on developing a new Condominium Law. This legislation will regulate property rights, management and the maintenance obligations of residents in multi-storey apartment buildings.

This work aims to help homeowners obtain financing to refurbish apartment buildings, improving the overall energy efficiency of the country’s housing stock.

A pioneering financing facility from the EBRD is offering credit lines to local partner banks to finance energy saving measures in homes and apartment blocks in Moldova, a country more than eight times less energy efficient and more carbon intensive than the EU average.

Temperatures fall below -20°C in winter

The project will help homeowners obtain financing for energy efficiency