EU Commission advises Bulgaria to work on coal phase-out strategy

16.10.2020 Source: SeeNews; FFBH

The European Commission (EC) said it invited Bulgaria to consider measures supporting a coal phase-out strategy with a clear timeframe commitment and ensuring a just transition of coal and lignite-reliant areas. These measures should be accompanied by a clear strategy for promoting renewable energy and efforts towards reforming the energy market, the Commission said on Wednesday in its assessment of the final National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) of Bulgaria for the period 2021-2030. EU legislation requires each member state to adopt a 10-year NECP, to map out how it will contribute to the bloc's binding climate and energy targets for 2030. Bulgaria is one of four EU member states, along with Poland, Romania and Croatia that have not planned any coal-phase out yet, according to the Commission's EU-wide assessment of NECPs published last month. Bulgaria has no intentions to shut down its coal-fired power plants due to the importance of locally-sourced coal for its energy sector, according to the country's draft strategy for sustainable energy development until 2030 prepared by the energy ministry and published on the parliament’s website in September. However, the country is targeting a further 2 645 MW of installed electricity generation capacity from renewable sources, mostly photovoltaic plants, by the end of 2030 under the draft strategy, in line with EU goals for green energy transition.