Romanian city goes electric to help cut carbon emissions

A € 2.55m electromobility project is being introduced in Suceava to cut carbon emissions and help the municipality meet its overall CO2 reduction targets.

The north-eastern Romanian city hopes that its sustainable mobility plans, that focus on boosting the number of electric vehicles and bicycles and creating the necessary charging infrastructure, will reduce carbon emissions by 5 per cent.

The city is preparing a pilot scheme that will introduce charging infrastructure and includes the purchase of 15 electric vehicles for the municipality’s car fleet. The city will also create 56 parking spaces for electric vehicles, introduce recharging and rental infrastructure for electric bikes (e-docking) and purchase 10 electric bikes.

Suceava’ mobility plans, which also include measures such as optimising public transport, adding lanes to main roads and creating bicycle lanes, are part of a wider Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) drafted with the support of the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme.

The SEAP’s target is to halve the city’s carbon emissions by 2020. It is reported that the majority of the reduction in carbon emissions, nearly 34 per cent, will come from a new biomass power plant and district heating network.