April 30, 2018

The project aims to support the creation of bioenergy regions that will provide at least one third of the heating and electricity requirements through local and sustainable sources of bioenergy, particularly solid biomass. The project aims to support the development of markets for solid biomass in the 5 target regions; stimulate investment in bioenergy projects and in the markets of local actors; inspire rural areas to follow the example of the target regions. Each region will adopt a formal Action Plan with an agenda and reference milestones to enhance their bio-energy to at least 1/3 of the energy demand for electricity and heating. In order to implement in the project, Bulgaria set up a programme to develop its bio-energy market, by creating a regional network in the SREDNA GORA region, with several partners: negotiators and producers of biomass boilers; energy auditors; biomass associations and energy agencies; national forest administration; energy service and financing company.

Implemented by: Sredna gora
Ivan Baramski, e-mail: director.global@brezovo.bg; Tel: +359 896 610 364
Lessons learnt
TRANSFERABILITY: YES, at the regional level.
• the potential for developing local and regional heat markets hasn't been taken into account (Art. 4)
• the public sector doesn't use energy service companies, and energy performance contracting, to finance renovations and implement plans to maintain or improve energy efficiency in the long term (Art. 5)
• support organisations have unsufficient competency and knowledge (Art. 17)