With National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), the green energy transition in Bulgaria really started. In the Bulgarian plan, approximately 60% of the funds will go to support the green transition, probably the highest figure for the EU, due to the delayed finalization of the plan.
We take some credit for greening the plan, addressing numerous points of contention in our detailed opinions and in meetings with represenativs of the caretaker government.
The NRRP has been significantly improved, though there is still room for improvement, which can be smoothed out in the implementation and with the help of citizen monitoring. Various representatives of civil society have proposed to create an independent monitoring committee to serve as a supervisory authority over the goals, tasks, planned reforms and deadlines specified in the recovery plan for Bulgaria. An independent monitoring committee is a must in any democratic country and we hope that this idea will be adopted soon.
The potential for energy savings in buildings, but also in industry, is still underdeveloped (verification of achieved energy savings is also lacking).
Energy efficiency + decentralized RES production + storage is the path to the energy independence of our country.
Green hydrogen is not a one-size-fits-all decarbonization solution, but a boutique one for certain carbon-intensive industries.
A stronger focus on climate change adaptation is necessary.
NRRP is a strategic document through which money is given against reforms – future payments depend on the implementation of energy reforms, not only on investment projects.
We find it positive that after many years of inactivity we now have an indicative end date for the use of coal. It is defined as „no later than 2038“, which we hope, thanks to the efforts of the envisaged Climate Neutrality Commission and Energy Transition Subcommittee and with the active participation of the civil sector, will be achieved even earlier – no later than 2030, as climate scientists insist.
A key stage is the expansion of the structure of the advisory board for the Green Deal and the formation of subcommittees, including such for energy transition, which will make the necessary scenarios and modeling to confirm or shift the end date.