The Energy Agency of Plovdiv (EAP), Bulgaria, is the first energy management agency established in Bulgaria under the SAVE II program of the European Commission (EC). It is now one of the few such agencies established in Central and Eastern Europe following the decision of the EC in 1999 to expand the program to our region. The EC and others have considered EAP a huge success in the country and in the region since its inception in 2000. EAP is continuing its activities promoting energy efficiency and clean energies, as well as identifying and developing new energy projects. Energy Efficiency (EE) is a new concept in Bulgaria; supply side issues used to be the main topic for discussion on the national agenda. A success was shifting the focus to the demand side of energy, bringing attention to energy consumption issues within the community and providing practical ways for individuals, communities and businesses to improve their energy management.

Priorities and Programmes

Covenant of Mayors and Sustainable Energy Communities
EAP develops action plans for sustainable energy development
EAP promotes RES, the use of local resources, and implementation of EE measures

EE and RES in SMEs
EAP conducts energy audits and provides advice on reducing energy costs
EAP develops financing projects in the framework of funds and international financing programmes

EE and RES for Buildings
EAP conducts energy audits, studies and concepts
EAP promotes and assists in switching from fossil fuels to high-technology RES installations for heating and cooling
EAP facilitates financial contracting from third parties
EAP advocates the construction of “green” buildings

Mobility Management
EAP develops regional strategies, policies and action plans on mobility management for companies and municipal and regional authorities
EAP introduces alternative means of transport
EAP develops car-sharing schemes
EAP provides training in mobility management for companies, municipalities and NGOs
EAP conducts evaluations of mobility management projects

Energy Education
EAP develops and adapts educational materials for students and teachers
EAP carries out educational and informational campaigns
EAP integrates eco-energy knowledge and skills into teaching materials and plans

Eco-Energy Planning and Development
EAP creates municipal strategies, programmes and plans for EE
EAP undertakes studies of RES potential
EAP creates municipal plans for the encouragement of the use of RES and biofuels
EAP develops and updates municipal plans and programmes for air-quality management
EAP updates municipal programs aimed at preserving the environment

Expertise and Consultation
EAP provides technical advice on project implementation and assistance in the development of projects
EAP offers training and activities for municipalities, businesses and NGOs

Project Development
EAP conducts pre-project and pre-investment studies
EAP offers assistance in securing investments in innovative projects
EAP helps clients apply for, negotiate the terms of, and manage projects
EAP monitors project implementation
EAP advises project stakeholders

 

News

The Data Access Guidebook for Sustainable Energy Action Plans has been released!


Energy data is crucial for identifying trends in the economic priority sectors to target energy policies and to ensure energy efficiency improvements and increased renewable energy deployment. These measures can then be built in to sustainable energy policies and plans, and their national and local implementation progress can be monitored periodically. . The Data Access […]

European Conference on the Energy Transition – Data4Action – 26 Jan 2017 in Bordeaux


    The European Energy Transition Conference is the main annual meeting of local energy transition stakeholders: elected representatives in charge of energy, climate plans or planning, heads of local authority departments, businesses and civil society. Every year, they analyse the main trends at work behind societal changes and the challenges faced by local authorities. […]

Addressing energy poverty in South-East Europe: Project REACH


Energy poverty represents a situation in which household has a difficulty, or sometimes inability, to cover its basic energy needs (see video). It mostly affects low-income households, whose economic disadvantage is often matched with poor energy efficiency of their homes. Between 50 and 125 million of EU citizens are estimated to be energy poor. The […]

DATA4ACTION Conference: Observatories for Energy and GHG, a strong support to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy


  Regional and local public authorities design, implement and monitor Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs). The Covenant of Mayors initiative provides support at each stage of this process. However, the success of these tasks as well as the improvement of the SECAPs can be guaranteed only through the availability of energy and GHG […]

Best Practices

New Observatory! ROECC – Regional Observatory for Energy, Environment and Climate, BG


  The Energy Agency of Plovdiv has established the Regional Observatory for Energy, Environment and Climate (ROECC – http://observatory.eap-save.eu/) in the South Central and South East Region with the aim to support local authorities in their development, monitoring and evaluation of local actions dedicated to the European 20-20-20 target and other national targets. The ROEEC will […]

Area of Plovdiv, BG – BioRegions project


Biomass is the most used source of renewable energy in Europe, 80% of which comes from wood. Production of bioenergy is therefore another important function of European forests, and a growing economic sector with much potential for boosting economic development and employment in rural areas and the agricultural sector.

Energy Neighbourhoods


The Energy Neighbourhood Project’s aim is inspiring and encouraging communities to reduce energy consumption through behaviour changes.

BAMBINI – Move smart from the start


BAMBINI aims to promote soft mobility in children lives and convince parents to use car-free mobility in order to achieve internalization of eco-friendly means.

Publications

DATA4ACTION Data Access Guidebook for SEAPs


Energy data is crucial for identifying trends in the economic priority sectors to target energy policies and to ensure energy efficiency improvements and increased renewable energy deployment.

Events