The Energy strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria 2020 was promulgated in SG. 43 of 7 June 2011. The Strategy requires improving the energy performance of existing buildings and the introduction of more stringent energy standards for new buildings. It envisages the accelerated introduction of requirements for near zero energy consumption for buildings in the public sector. It also envisages State and municipality support to private initiatives in the process of enhancing energy independence to public and residential buildings.