3rd SMAFIN National Roundtable in Bulgaria



March 1st 2023

08.30 – 16.30

Hotel Astoria (Sofia, Bulgaria) and online



08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome and presentation of the outcomes from the previous roundtable
Gabriel Avăcăriței
, Chief Editor Energynomics
09:10 – 09:30
Energy efficiency in the building sector as cornerstone of the next-generation national energy and climate plan
Representative of the Ministry of Energy (invited)
09:30 – 09:45
The role of the national decarbonisation fund for the implementation of the national renovation policies
Ivaylo Alexiev
, Sustainable Energy Development Agency (invited)
09:45 – 10:00
Roadmap of options and initiatives to address the renovation gap
Representative of World Bank (invited)
10:30 – 11:00
Open Discussion
  • What are the main areas of interventions of the NDF and how they correspond to the running national support instruments?
  • What are the requirements for initial capitalisation of the Fund considering the size of the market and what are the possible sources?
  • What would be the operational management of the Fund?
  • What would be the requirements to the project – targeting minimal performance requirements or setting new and more ambitious goals?
Participants (invited): SEDA, Bulgarian Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources Fund, BIA, AEE, BCC, commercial banks, Fund of Funds, Bulgarian Development Bank, National Trust EcoFund, FLAG Fund, commercial banks, EIB, EBRD, WB, etc.
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 – 12:45
Deep dive 1:
Renovation of the public building stock
Presentations (10 minutes each):
  • Invited: representatives of Bulgarian municipalities (Sofia and Gabrovo), EcoEnergy, NTEF
Discussion (45 minutes)
  • What is the market size for renovation of public buildings? Are the resources allocated in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan sufficient to cover the needs of the municipalities?
  • Do we achieve the expected savings? If not, what are the possibilities for optimisation of the performance?
  • How do we tackle compromised (shallow) renovation projects executed in the past?
  • What is the role of municipal energy managers, and do we need more investments in developing expert capacities?
  • Participants (invited): NAMRB, EcoEnergy, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, NTEF, EERSF, ESCOs, energy agencies, financing institutions, energy service providers, energy experts, etc.
    12:45– 14:00
    Lunch break
    14:00 - 16:00
    Deep dive 2:
    Renovation of the residential buildings stock: introduction of financing instruments and responsiveness to the needs of vulnerable groups
    Presentations (10 minutes each):
    • Invited: Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgarian Construction Chamber, BACC
    • Confirmed: Dragomir Tzanev,
      EnEffect: Proposal for communication strategy in support of the National Programme for Renovation of the Multifamily Residential Buildings
    Discussion (1 hr.)
  • What is the interest to the first stage of the national renovation programme and which are the first identified barriers from the perspective of the national authorities?
  • What is the feedback from the municipalities and the homeowners’ associations?
  • What are the attitudes towards the second stage of the programme requiring co-financing from the homeowners? How can we influence them in direction of mass participation in the second stage of the programme?
  • Are there financial mechanisms in place to secure the co-financing, including from vulnerable / energy-poor households?
  • Participants (invited): National Green Deal Council, SEDA, AEE, EcoEnergy, BACIW, Habitat Bulgaria, Renovate Bulgaria, municipal representatives, energy agencies and auditors, construction sector representatives, financial institutions, energy services providers, energy experts, etc.
    16:00 – 16:30
    Conclusions and end of the event