Bulgaria rises eight ranks to 36th, but remains among the low-performing CCPI countries. Bulgaria receives a low in three of the four main CCPI categories: GHG Emissions, Energy Use, and Climate Policy. The country does receive a medium in Renewable Energy and continual improvement can be expected in this category in the coming years, as the current trend in renewable energy is very high. The CCPI experts, however, rate the international and national climate policy as low.
Bulgaria needs to upgrade its power grid to match EU standards
In October 2021, Bulgaria announced its plan to phase out coal by 2038, which lags other EU countries aiming at phase-out by 2030.
In 2022, the European Commission approved €600 million to support Bulgaria’s transition to renewable energies, improve buildings’ energy efficiency, and other such measures.
In the past years, Bulgaria has reduced the administrative and financial burden for renewable energy sources for self-consumption. At the same time, the country still needs to upgrade its power grid to match EU standards. Bulgaria also has implemented support schemes for industry and households to improve their energy efficiency.
While the CCPI experts welcome these changes, they note a continued lack of ambition regarding climate policy.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors for this year’s CCPI:
- Greenpeace CEE – Bulgaria
- Radostina Slavkova & Todor Todorov (Za Zemiata)