Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan of Sofia Municipality 2021-2030
The Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan of Sofia Municipality 2021-2030, adopted by the Sofia Municipal Council at the end of 2021, is and integrated document developed in accordance with the obligations of Sofia Municipality under the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and is a leading strategic document in the field of energy and climate, consistent with the strategy for the development of the municipality, presented in the Vision for Sofia document. It proposes an entirely new integrated approach to the planning and reporting on the energy and climate activities, combining the municipal policies on climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency and renewable energy use. This allows the development of a comprehensive and consistent logical framework through which the proper balancing and prioritization of the specific activities and projects in these main areas, the identification of the complementary effects, the environmentally friendly solutions and avoidance of the negative influence between the individual planned measures is achievable. This lays the foundation for the realization of the ambitious goal for GHG emissions reduction by at least 40% by 2030 following the EU guiding principle "Energy efficiency comes first", the optimal integration of RES as a tool increasingly replacing the conventional energy sources, and compliance with the requirements for financial efficiency of the projects, taking into account the existing resource opportunities and restrictions.
EnEffect was the main consultant to Sofia municipality for the development of the plan, attracting in its team a wide range of renowned Bulgarian experts in different fields covered by the plan. As part of the activities for the development of the plan, the team created the first of its kind methodology for assessing at municipal level the vulnerabilities and sensitivity to climate change in the different sectors of the local economy and for summarizing and ranking the high climate risks.