April 30, 2018

The mail goal is effectively utilization biomass potential in municipalities, members of Association of Rhodope Municipalities, 21 in total. The association has established an energy efficiency council with energy experts from different municipalities. The board will be responsible for the monitoring and implementation of the plan for renewable heating and cooling. It is part of regional energy planning, which supports the authorities in taking appropriate measures for the sustainable use of local energy resources. The action plan was endorsed by the Smolyan District Sustainable Energy Development Council and the Kardzhali District Energy Efficiency Council. It will be applied in other municipalities, which are not members of the Association of Rhodope Municipalities. The implementation of this plan was inspired by the work of the Black Sea Energy Research Center, which had set up seven renewable energy Action Plans in previous years. The plan was developed in collaboration with local energy companies and the national biomass association, which had already participated in other projects on the use of biomass in the same region. Communication will be carried out through information campaigns and meetings.

Cvetoslava Spasova, Expert energy planing, Black Sea Energy Research Centre, e-mail: cvetoslava@bsrec.bg
Tel: + 359 02 980 68 54
Lessons learnt
TRANSFERABILITY: YES, at the regional level.
• there aren't any policy which encourage the due taking into account at local and regional levels of the potential of using efficient heating and cooling systems, in particular those using high-efficiency cogeneration (Art. 4)