|Brief description||A joint contribution to address energy saving problems and to promote energy efficiency solutions in the cross-border region.|
|Region||External EU borders|
|Countries||Bulgaria (BG) – Serbia (SRB)|
|Location||Vidin (BG) and Knjaževac (SRB) municipalities and other municipalities in the Vidin (BG) and Borski (SRB) and Zaječarski (SRB) Districts|
|Type of project partners||Municipalities
Local associations/groups (CSOs, including local NGOs)
|Size (total budget including EU grants)||€ 50,000 to € 200,000|
|Main themes||Environmental protection, climate change and risk prevention|
|Keywords (Types of Activities)||Research and studies
Acquisition of equipment
|Keywords (Aspects of Good Practice)||Genuine cross-border dimension
Genuine cross-border impact
|Background and Objectives||The project focuses on energy saving problems and promoting energy efficiency solutions in the cross-border region of the Vidin and Knjaževac municipalities. It has as main target group the municipal employees of 19 local self-governments in Vidin, Borski and Zaječarski Districts dealing with energy, environment and climate change, as well as tenants, building owners and the construction industry.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute towards solving energy saving problems and promoting energy efficiency solutions in the cross-border region.
Its specific objective is to enhance technical and institutional capacities to perform energy audits, thermal calculations and energy improvements in the cross-border area.
|Main activities||The key activities of the project are:
The project also organised three cross-border events: an energy efficiency seminar; an awareness campaign (project promotion, invitation to audits, etc); and, a final conference.
|Main results||The project will achieve the following:
|Aspects of good practice||The project has good prospects in terms of sustainability and multiplier effects.
This intervention operated on a sample of 30 selected buildings and has clear replication potential. The number and type of buildings audited for energy efficiency can be easily extended in the future without further major expenditure. Moreover, the 19 municipalities in the target group were at the forefront of those interested in jointly addressing energy efficiency problems. It is expected that based on the achievements of the current project more municipalities in the cross-border area can replicate the project. The cross-border region counts 96 municipalities, 60 on the Bulgarian and 36 on the Serbian side.
Technical sustainability has been ensured with the equipment purchased for energy audits. The equipment is in the ownership of the PUC Directorate for Development, Urban Planning and Construction “Knjaževac”, the project applicant. Due to their mission and location, it is appropriate for them to own the technical equipment, which is available for use by the municipalities.
There are further possibilities for extension. The current project tackled energy efficiency in urban heating. There are many energy efficiency sub-sectors which could be jointly explored: use of energy in production, the opportunity of using alternative / renewable energy sources, etc. Therefore, municipalities, universities and public utilities could use the framework of future CBC or other IPA/structural funds opportunities to build on the established networks in order to address other relevant energy efficiency problems.
|Start and completion dates:||
24.04.2013 – 23.04.2014
|Partner||SRB: PC Directorate for Development, Urban Planning and Construction – Knjaževac, Serbia
Regional Centre for sustainable development and development of entrepreneurship “Timok” doo, Zaječar;
Tel: +381 (0)19 426 516; +381 (0)19 426 516
|Partner||BG: NGO “European Perspectives”, 67, Ekzarh Josif str., fl.3, app.2, 3700 Vidin, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 889 722 837; +359 889 722 837