2010 analysis: main findings
The main finding of last year’s analysis was that Bulgaria has sought to implement policies, i.e. supporting renewables in electricity production. However, it still has a long way to go to develop into a low-carbon economy. A relative success story is the establishment of a certification system for buildings, thus implementing the European Energy Performance Building Directive (EPBD). This performance rating will be mandatory for public buildings. In the private sector, new buildings and ones that are modernised or restructured will need a certificate. But still, much work remains to be done, especially in the residential sector. The largest barrier here is the lack of organisation among home owners.
- An integrated long-term climate policy strategy beyond 2020 is necessary to provide clear direction for Bulgaria. Examples are the UK and Ireland.
- In industry, there are no policies to promote energy efficiency or the use of renewables. Many such exemplary policies are to be found throughout Europe.
- Now that a feed-in premium for the support of renewable energy projects is agreed, the licenses for renewable energy projects should be granted to stop the ‘silent moratorium’.