Why Brasov

We are on our way to reshaping our industrial landscape into a green and open haven.

We are committed to nurturing sustainable businesses that not only contribute to our economy but also prioritise the well-being of our residents and visitors.
Our vision extends beyond our borders as we aspire to serve as a model of good practices for other cities to emulate.
With great ambitions and strategic planning, we have set our sights on the title of the Green Capital of Europe. It is a natural progression for us, as we are already proud to be the Green Capital of Romania.

The key elements of our journey are well-mapped, and we are already taking bold steps towards our ultimate goal of becoming an emissions-neutral city by 2050.

Through our commitment to eco-friendly public transportation and innovative projects that promote energy independence, we are positioning ourselves at the forefront of sustainable European cities.

Brașov is blazing a trail towards a brighter, greener future, and we invite you to be part of this transformative process.
Under the theme "Brașov, a mountain of possibilities," we embrace various shades of green that symbolise our commitment to a cleaner environment… But, this is not just about infrastructure and technology; it is about us, the people of Brașov. We are active participants in this journey, embodying a spirit of environmental consciousness. Together, we can create lasting change and inspire others to follow suit.

We have the vision, the strategy, and the resources to make Brașov a city that truly develops for its people. We are confident that our comprehensive approach, encompassing efficient waste management and conservation programs, will set an example for cities worldwide.

Why Brasov

The Green Cities Forum

From the first edition in 2021, the Green Cities Forum became the most important event dedicated to public environmental policies in Romania. Held under the high patronage of the President of Romania, one of the main events of the Forum is the International Conference on Public Environmental Policies addressed to public authorities. In 2022, we had 3 days of presentations and debates in 12 panels and 3 technical workshops, under the theme "Energy Challenge - Find your power". Also, The United Global SDG Index Institute (UNGSII) Foundations’ Awards Gala for the most involved municipalities and companies in Europe took place at the end of the conference.

Speakers and Participants:

  • 70 international and Romanian speakers from 19 countries
  • 435 unique participants
  • 30 delegations of Romanian municipalities
  • 37 mayors, vice mayors and public administrators
  • 4 embassies that supported us: United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Finland
  • Representatives from: the Government, European Parliament, NGOs, Universities, European funds agencies.
This year, at its 3rd edition, the Conference expands its target to public authorities from all of South East Europe.
Raising awareness events were held in 11 areas of Brașov, with 17 NGOs and private companies involved in organizing the 100+ various activities: conferences, debates, workshops, contests, bike parades, fairs, film screenings, photo exhibitions, concerts. More than 20,000 citizens participated in the activities.

Pilot projects were tested during the two editions of the Forum, as:

  • Free public transport
  • The PETrica RVM project - introducing the warranty return system for packaging with rewards
  • The pre-school no. 34 - became a renewable energy prosumer, with photovoltaic roof
  • Pedestrianization of a street in the center of the city
  • Launch of the EcoTrack - a mobile phone application that evaluates the carbon footprint using the concept of green gamification
Why Brasov - The Green Cities Forum 1
Why Brasov - The Green Cities Forum 1
Why Brasov - The Green Cities Forum 1

Mobility Plan at Massif Winter Festival

Massif Winter is a 30.000 participants music event, developed by the organizers of the festivals Untold and Neversea, that was held for the first time in Poiana Brasov in march 2023.
The major challenge for the municipality was to find solutions for how the participants will get to the ski resort in time and safely, considering that:
  • the only access road from Brașov to Poiana Brașov has only one lane in each direction - besides the participants at the festival, there were also expected to arrive at the resort tourists and sports practitioners
  • the number of public parking spaces in Poiana Brașov is a little over 1,000 - the forecast was for snowing
So, for the first time in the history of the city, the authorities decided to prohibit access by car, except for residents and hotel customers with their own parking, who received special access passes prior to the event. In addition:
  • we increased the frequency of public buses that went to Poiana Brașov, leaving from two different stations in the city center and from the central train station
  • the buses leaving from the train station were synchronized with the trains arriving from Bucharest
  • we’ve created a park & ride for cars in Râșnov, the other city that has a road to Poiana Brasov, from where another special line of buses was created to reach easily the resort
  • at the end of each night of the festival, we’ve created 10 special bus lines from Poiana Brasov to each neighborhood of Brașov.
The project worked perfectly and was very well received by the citizens who now demand that next winter we apply the model every weekend and on holidays to avoid the usual traffic congestion on the Poiana Brasov road.
Why Brasov - Mobility Plan at Massif Winter Festival

Legal and Technical Regulations regarding the preparation of Urban Planning Documentation for building on sloping land

The Scheii Brașovului neighborhood is mainly made up of small houses built along narrow streets with gardens on the mountain side. The infrastructure does not permit the construction of multilevel and multi-flats buildings, still the developments that took place in the 2000s didn’t take that in consideration.
In 2021 the new administration of the city tried to regulate the developments in this area, but facing a very high pressure from constructors and land owners, the Local Council postponed the adoption of the new rules proposed by the mayor.
"For decades, the hills of Brasov have been under the assault of real estate developers who deforest, dig roads and access roads, excavate mountains of earth to pour asphalt, erect residential complexes with hundreds of apartments without taking into account the relief, the natural specificity of the city. Each year we are victims of torrents of water and alluvium, of overcrowded traffic and pollution.2” With citizens' involvement and specialists' help, in 2022 the Regulations were adopted. Thus, Brașov became a pioneer regarding regulating the way urban development is conducted in areas such as the green hills surrounding the city.

The regulations ask now for a number of different studies to be taken before the authorization of the construction. Also, at least 25% of the land surface will remain in a natural state and the weight of the area of green spaces will be at least 50%. The document clarifies how the levels are calculated, so that there are no longer situations where on one side the number of levels is P+2, and on the opposite side it is P+5, the difference being up to now classified as "underground level".
Why Brasov - Legal and Technical Regulations 1
Why Brasov - Legal and Technical Regulations 2

Metropolitan train

Brașov is the first major city in Romania to have developed a project for introducing the metropolitan train. The current status shows the feasibility study being finalized and the procurement to be launched as soon as the funding programme (with EU financing) will be launched by the Romanian Government in the upcoming months.
In this scenario, 22 train sets are taken into account and a running frequency of 30 minutes. The routes use both the existing infrastructure and the line designed to serve the airport. From Brașov there are practically six lines, in six different directions, on the railway, four of them electrified. With electric motor vehicles operating at a cadence of 30 minutes, we expect to see a replacement of many vehicles from the traffic, both cars in transit that commute to and from Brașov, as well as buses that currently connect communities in the metropolitan area.
The Metropolitan Train is key to further economic development, as it better and faster interconnects the new industrial developments with the pools of workforce inside the Metropolitan area. Also, it would connect Brasov to Sfantu Gheorghe (capital of Covasna County), enlarging the Metropolitan catchment area to more than half a million people.
Why Brasov - Train map 1
Why Brasov - Train map 2

Energy independence / green energy

Since 2021, Brasov has been using 100% green energy for its public consumption, achieved through green procurement. Developing the largest solar park owned by a Municipality (20 MWh, due in Q1 of 2024) and turning public buildings into prosumers (including 27 schools) will help Brasov achieve 100% green energy from own sources for the public consumption (which includes electricity for the schools, public lighting, public transportation, snow preparation for Poiana Brașov ski resort etc.).
These projects are making Brasov a leader amongst Romanian cities for energy sustainability.
Why Brasov - Energy independence / green energy 2
Why Brasov - Energy independence / green energy 2

Digital waste management

With 70 smart bins already installed and secured funding for up to 500 others through EU funds, Brasov has been a pioneer in Romania in introducing smart/digital waste management systems and soon will be the first municipality in Romania to have a full infrastructure across the city. This is further important for the fast improvement of recycling rates, a chapter in which Romania places amongst the last places in Europe.
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Why Brasov - Digital waste management 2