SOP Environment is the most important financial assistance programme in the field of environmental protection

Implementation of
integrated Waste Management in Romania

The Sectoral Operational Programme Environment (SOP Environment) is one of the 7 operational programmes approved for Romania, funded by the European Union during 2007-2013, within the Convergence objective.

SOP Environment is the most important financial assistance programme in the field of environmental protection. The programme finances projects that have in view water supply systems, sewage systems, water treatment plants, wastes management, rehabilitation of historically polluted lands, rehabilitation of old district heating systems (which significantly contribute to air pollution), preservation of nature, protection from floods and coast erosion.

The allotted budget is 5.6 billion euro of which 4.5 billion Euro represents non-refundable funding from European Union, and 1.1 billion euro is the contribution of Romania. The funding from the European Union comes from two funds: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF).
SOP Environment includes five Priority Axes corresponding to each environmental sector financed by this programme and a Priority Axis of Technical Assistance designed for supporting the Management Authority and the Intermediary Bodies for SOP Environment, structures responsible for the management of the programme. Specifically, the SOP Environment targets for Priority Axis 2 - Waste and historically polluted sites are construction of ecological landfills, sorting plants, composting plants, transfer plants, mechanical biological treatment installations, closing of non-conforming municipal landfills, acquisition of containers for separate collection, means of transport of wastes and wastes sorting and recycling equipment.
The applications for funding were elaborated with the support of technical assistances mostly funded by MEF and comprise county Master Plans, Feasibility Studies, Cost-Benefit Analyses, etc. representing a portfolio of projects that targets 30 counties.

WHAT will be the impact of SOP Environment on waste management?

The selective collection of recyclable wastes will apply on a wide scale and there will be environmental landfills in 30 counties. For 7 other counties, there are environmental landfills already in place and investments were made in the other components of an integrated wastes management system.
Romanian companies are involved in implementation of the programme, EURITEH Oradea being one of the most specialized companies in construction of transfer stations, sorting plants and composting plants.
EURITEH has accumulated vast experience in waste management over the 9 years of operating in the Romanian market as a supplier of technologies and equipment aimed at the achievement of recycling targets set by the EU. In addition, EURITEH developed a design department and participates as general contractor on implementing environmental projects nationwide.

One of most important projects developed by EURITEH is the mechanical-biological treatment plant from Gizela, Timis County (design capacity of 77,018 t/y).
In the present, EURITEH is involved in two important projects:
Arges County project is split into two lots: sorting station with a capacity of 20.000 t/y and composting stations Campulung 7.200 t/y and Albota 17.800 t/y.
Hunedoara County project consists of building a sorting station with a capacity of 51 t/day and a transfer station with a capacity of 42.600 t/y.

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From left to right: Nabodja Vranes (Serbia), Ana Karanfilova-Maznevska (Macedonia), Christos Tsompanidis (Greece), Christof Delatter (Belgium), Svetlana Bolocan (Moldova), Alexei Atudorei (Romania), Lefter Tudor (Moldova), Ghebovet Valeriu (Moldova), Krisztina Wégner (Hungary), Tanka Eszter (Hungary), Susana Abreu (Portugal)

International Conference on Waste Management
Romania, 2014

ISWA - International Solid Waste Association through Regional Development Network Southeast Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean organized the International Conference on "Prospects of implementing the integrated waste management in Romania, in the 2014-2020 period", with the support of Romanian Association for Solid Waste Management (ARS).

Conference represents one of the events organized by ARS in 2014, year in which ARS celebrates 15 years of existence and 12 years since it is ISWA National Member.
The conference was held in Mamaia in the period 25-27 of June and the aims was to analyze the current situation of waste management in Romania, following the investments made for all waste streams through POS Mediu (2007 - 2013), development prospects in the field for the 2014 - 2020 period, regarding the benefits for the environment and for the population.

The main topics were:

  •   Collection, transport, treatment, recycling, recovery and disposal of municipal waste (household, commercial, packaging, DEEE, etc.) in 2007-2013. Achievements and perspectives. Case studies
  •   Romanian National Waste Management Strategy for 2014-2020
  •   Operation of the municipal integrated waste management counties (regional) systems (technical aspects, economic aspects, and financial aspects, institutional and social aspects). Achievements and perspectives. Case studies
  •   Technical and economic solutions for upgrading and completion of the integrated municipal waste management systems implemented in Romania in the period 2007-2013 in order to achieve the targets for 2020
  •   The experience of countries from Europe/Middle East in the implementation of the integrated waste management systems. Achievements and perspectives. Case studies.

At the conference participated over 120 experts from Belgium, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania and Serbia which expertise and interest covered all the aspects of solid waste management (minimization, separate collection and transportation, sorting, composting, recycling and recovery and disposal).

The presentations were given by:

  •   Romanian experts from central administration as are Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (Mr. Ciprian Ghioc) and National Regulatory Authority for Public Utility Community Services (Mr. Doru Ciocan, president), intercommunity development associations (Mr. Gabriel Moiceanu), companies that took over the responsibility for achieving the targets (Mrs. Liliana Nichita, EcoRom AMBALAJE, Mrs. Roxana Sunica, RECOLAMP), equipment suppliers (Mr. Alin Schiopu, Klarwin), Employers' Organization in Cement Industry and other Mineral Products for Construction in Romania (Marinela Dracea), recycling companies (Mr. Constantin Damov, Green Group), aso.
  •   Experts from Europe and Middle East which represents national administration (Mrs. Krisztina Wégner from Hungary, Mrs. Ana Karanfilova Maznevska from Macedonia, Mrs. Svetlana Bolocan from Republic of Moldova), international associations (Mr. Alexei Atudorei and Mr. Jean-Paul Leglise from ISWA), national associations that are ISWA National Members (Mr. Christof Delatter from Belgium, Mr. Christos Tsompanidis from Greece, Mr. Goron Sapir from Israel, Mr. Viorel Marcu from Romania, Mr. Nebojsa Vrames from Serbia) and technical experts (Mr. Jean Tilly from JASPERS, Mrs. Susana Abreu from Waste Management Lipor, Portugal, Mr. Hubert Wienands from Wehrle Umwelt GmbH Germany, Mr. Marco Degli Esposti from TM.E.Spa Termomeccanica Ecologia Italiy, Mr. Frank Baass from Grimm & Wulff, Anlagen und Systembau GmbH, Germany), aso.

In their presentations, Mr. Christof Delatter promoted ISWA Congress in 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium and Mr. Nebodja Branes promoted ISWA Congress 2016 in Novi Sad, Serbia. At the conference participated representatives of two new national associations for solid waste management, one from Macedonia (MASWA, Mrs. Daniela Nelepa) and one from Republic of Moldova (MOLDSWA, Mr. Valeriu Ghebovat, Mr. Lefter Tudor). The intensions of both associations are to become ISWA National Members in 2014. During the conference were organized separate meetings between participants with the following themes: policy and legislation, planning, technologies, investment and operational costs and population supportability to pay for the services.

Based on the participants opinion, the conference can be characterized by:

  •   Excellent Networking;
  •   Not only driven by business interests;
  •   Real exchange of experience of all responsible groups/persons of waste management;
  •   Creating a common sense for the whole region for waste management and project development.

ISWA and ARS thank to all of you for the participation at Mamaia conference and we invite to the next year conference.

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The association aims to regroup the European glass recyclers.

General Assembly of Ferver
in Romania

European Federation of Glass Recyclers (FERVER) is an International Non Profit Organization, created on December 3th 2004 under Belgian law by more than twenty private companies from different European Countries. FERVER members are active in the recycling of waste glass into high quality cullet - a key and valuable raw material used by the glass manufacturing industry to produce new products and are collectively responsible for the collection and recycling of approximately 70% of the total glass waste in the European Union.

The association aims to regroup the European glass recyclers. Its object is to represent the profession, (particularly towards the European institutions). Some of the activities which the association may undertake in order to achieve its objectives are as follows:

  •   Promotion, on a sustainable basis, of dialogue with European Union institutions and European organizations linked to glass recycling;
  •   Intensify cooperation between European glass recyclers;
  •   Dissemination of information relating to glass recycling;
  •   Social object is the study, protection and promotion of the professional interests of our member;
  •   Ferver may not undertake any commercial activity.


FERVER has a Steering Committee, composed of voluntary members which meets in Brussels 4 times a year and coordinates the work of the following priority issues as for instance:

  • Life Cycle Thinking, Recyclability, Recycling and Collection targets;
  • End of Waste: transforming waste into a product;
  • End of Waste: transforming waste into a product;
  • Glass recycling targets;
  • Carbon emissions;
  • Use of aggregates;
  • Sustainability.

Glass recycling is very important for the environment due to the fact that:

  •   A lower emission of CO2: up to 45% less CO2 than when using raw materials in the production of green glass at 90% use of cullets;
  •   Lower energy consumption: Per 4 % use of cullets, 1% of energy is saved;
  •   No or hardly any raw materials need to be dug out;
  •   The mountain of waste remains limited.

FERVER General Assembly possesses all powers necessary for the realization of the association's objectives. Convoked by the Board of Directors, the General Assembly meets every year, under the chairmanship of FERVER's President, at the venue, chosen by the General Assembly itself.
This year the General Assembly took place in 13th of June in Bucharest, Romania and was organized by Romanian Member Green Glass Recycling.

A tradition of the General Assembly is to invite a guest specked of the host country and this year Mr. Alexei Atudorei (ARS/ISWA) has made a presentation of ISWA (mission, objectives and implementation, regional development networks, aso) and of Romanian situation on glass recycling.

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The inauguration of the Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas (ARBIO) took place on 06/18/2014, at the Hilton Hotel, Bucharest.

Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas

The Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas (ARBIO) is leader of the Romanian Bio industries. It is already a member of the European Biogas Association (EBA) and European Biomass Association (AEBIOM). In a market with great potential, it promotes / supports sustainable investments in the sectors of: Biogas, Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion, Waste to Energy, Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Recycling and more.

ARBIO objectives are:

  •   Improve the national framework for the development, construction and operation of Bio projects;
  •   Secure the income generated by Bio investments;
  •   Transform Bio investments into feasible, bankable ones, through project financing;
  •   Create business opportunities for all serious market players;
  •   Provide accurate information about the Romanian market and all key issues of interest;
  •   Expansion of Bio investments in Romania.


2013 - 2016 our target:

  •   100 big-scale power plants
  •   500 small-scale power plants


The inauguration of the Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas (ARBIO) took place on 06/18/2014, at the Hilton Hotel, Bucharest.
It was attended by personalities from Romania (Mr. Daniel Constantin, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Iulian Iancu, Chairman of the Committee on Industry and Services, Chamber of Deputies) and the EU (Mr. Gustav Melin, president AEBIOM, Mr. Jan Stambasky President EBA, Mr. Ludger Spohr, Chairman Eips).

In a crowded room with over 220 participants, everyone agreed that this sector is the answer to the problems of waste treatment, environmental and heating that Romania faces today.
During this 8 hours event, 68 investors from Romania and 16 other countries, listened to the Government representatives presenting the available funds for this sector, more than 400 million so far, and the steps to take for further action. Three presidents of the European Association explained why Bioenergy is a priority for Europe, and why it has great potential in Romania.

"The focus on Bio investments is the future. Not only they represent a profitable business opportunity, but they also protect the environment, create thousands of jobs, involve tens of different professions, promote science and boost the national economy. Bio investments are the best means to achieve sustainable energy."

Dl. Ilias Papageorgiadis, President of ARBIO

Based on all statements made during the event, Mr. Ilias Papageorgiadis ARBIO President, and Mr. Jean Valvis, member of the board, called for a national strategy for biofuels so as to target hundreds of millions of tons of waste produced every year, and to solve the serious heating problems that exist locally throughout the country.

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