Assessment of the results of energy sector measures in Bulgaria


An agreement between the European Commission and the Bulgarian Government regarding the closure and decommissioning of Units 1 to 4 of Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant was concluded in 1999. To bridge this energy gap, the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF) has been set up aiming at support of the restructuring and modernisation of the Bulgarian energy sector through financing and co-financing of suitable energy projects. The Fund is administered and managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and received support by the European Community and several EU member states as well as Switzerland.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Energy aimed to assess and summarise the results of the energy sector measures financed from the KIDSF. The overall objective of the assignment was to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of 38 grant agreements from 2001 to 2016. The assessment should reflect the results achieved through the KIDSF support with a specific focus on its key priorities to support improvements in industrial and residential energy efficiency and strengthen the use of renewable energy sources.  

adelphi together with its partner Bulgarian Consulting Centre (BCC) performed this independent assessment of the results of the energy projects supported by the KIDSF. In order to capture the different aspects of the energy sector measures, the analysis encompassed a review of the energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions of each individual project as well as an evaluation of the impacts on the macroeconomic level and societal effects. Finally, the degree to which the results of the KIDSF projects corresponded to the initial objectives and priority areas was assessed.