Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds

Raising the energy efficiency of a high school building in Negrești-Oaș.

Organisation: Focus Eco Center Website: Added: September 14, 2022
Project start date: January 01, 2017
Project end date: March 11, 2021


The project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the national Regional Operational Program (POR 2014–2020), SMIS code: 115913. The undertaken actions were the thermic isolation of the building, installation of a new heating system with 2 new central heating units and a water heating unit, renewal of the electrical grid, changing the lights and the installation of a fire detection alarm. All this resulted in a drop of annual non-renewable energy use of 87% and a drop of 67% of GHG emissions. At the finish of the renewal of the building, the high school became Satu Mare county's most modern school. At present it has 490 students.

Financial data

Total: 680,000 EUR, from which ERDF contribution 415,000 EUR (60%)


Through the EU funds, the investment of the city for a more energy efficient building resulted in a lower heating cost for the public institution – costs that ultimately are saved from the local budget. This has a special connotation in the present, as in a coincidence the renewal of the building was finished in a time when national and european energy prices are skyrocketing. The raised energy efficiency means lower heating cost in winter and lower cooling cost in summer. Besides this school, all the educational institutions from the city are in a similar renewal process, planned to be finished by the end of 2022. This will mean a large money saving in the local budget for heating costs. Also investing in energy efficiency of public buildings, more specifically schools, gives a great dissemination opportunity for awareness raising of the benefits of energy efficiency. Schools are highly visible public spaces and can be a good example as a best practice to implement in private homes.

Information sources

Negresti Oas city website

Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). 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.