REPORT ON NATIONAL SITUATION IN THE FIELD OF FUEL POVERTY: BULGARIA
This report is a deliverable of the project “Reduce Energy Consumption and Change Habits” (REACH), co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Program of the European Union. REACH is a project to battle energy poverty at practical and structural level amongst poorer households in 4 Balkan countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia and Bulgaria.
In its 21 pages, this document gives a glimpse into energy poverty in Bulgaria. As stated in this study, Bulgaria faces the most significant challenges within the EU-28 on energy poverty. Within this report, it is identified that poor energy efficiency of the Bulgarian residential sector is amongst the most crucial factors, with low incomes, rising energy costs and lacking legislation compiling the list of energy poverty’s causes in the country. According to the analysis, energy subsidies and direct financial support to households for heating cannot reduce the impacts of energy poverty implying that deep building retrofits should be promoted from the government. Concluding, the report highlights that Bulgaria lacks targeted residential energy efficiency programs for vulnerable households and state housing policy remains under-developed and poorly co-ordinated.
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