The Bulgarian Industrial Association - Union of the Bulgarian Business, together with the Agency for Sustainable Energy Development and Sofia Energy Agency SOFENA, are starting to implement activities under a project under the Operational Program “Good Governance”.
The aim is to explore existing practices and common difficulties in the implementation of the legal framework, as well as to collect proposals for its optimization in the field of energy efficiency, to improve the cooperation between the administrative structures, the non-governmental sector and the enterprises to relieve the business environment
The legal and administrative structures of energy efficiency in Bulgaria are fully built.
The common barriers to the implementation of energy efficiency policies include:
- High initial investment costs;
- Poor awareness of energy efficiency policy and legislation among business and citizens;
- Insufficient capacity to participate in public consultations, discussions and the use of other impact instruments;
- Insufficient use of tools such as energy audits, good practices and benchmarking, ESCO services (guaranteed contracts), energy savings certificates, and others.
National energy efficiency targets by 2020 are 16.9 million tonnes of primary energy consumption and 8.6 million tonnes of final energy consumption.
The national target of reducing primary energy consumption by 41% in 2020 compared to 2005 is reached at 75% (by the end of 2017).
Industrial users (industry and construction) contribute 28% of gross value added in the national economy and account for 28% of final energy consumption.
A numerical measure of the energy efficiency of industry is the 29% reduction in energy consumption (QES) over a ten-year period (2007-2017).
A positive effect of the cooperation between BIA, ASED and SOFENA is expected in popularizing and presenting good practices and innovative solutions on the energy market and energy management; creation and maintenance of information platforms; fulfillment of energy savings obligations; horizontal energy management measures and smart metering, organizational and behavioral measures, a systematic approach to energy management.