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SZREDA received approval for identified of new good practice from Bulgaria within the DeCarb project


The team of Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (SZREDA), as the leading partner of the DeCarb project (9 partners from eight EU countries), received approval for an identified second good practice from Bulgaria within the framework of the project. Namely, the number of identified good practices is one of the key objectives of the project to promote the exchange of useful experience in the regions of Europe.

The good practice that has been recognized as successful in other EU countries and regions is a Bulgarian start-up project that produces wood stoves that have an extremely small environmental footprint.

Good practice was mentioned by SZREDA, namely through the participation of the founder of the start-up project in the DeCarb local stakeholders group and uploaded to the approval platform. As a result of the subsequent approval, there is a real opportunity for successful transfer of good practice from Bulgaria to the other regions / countries in the EU.Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (SZREDA) is a leading organization in the DeCarb project ("Supporting the Clean Energy Transition in the Coal-intensive Regions of the EU") co-funded by the INTERREG EUROPE program (85%) and the Republic of Bulgaria (15%). The project is within the scope of Specific Program Objective 3: 3.1 Improving Policies for a Low Carbon Economy and is the only approved project of a Bulgarian Leading Organization of a total of 53 approved projects for the whole program. The partner consortium also includes: Ministry of Economy and Energy, Brandenburg (Germany); Energy Department (Denmark); Regional Association of Local Authorities in Western Macedonia (Greece); Energy Agency Extremadura (Spain); Regional Energy Agency (Hungary); Lodz Region (Poland); Southwest Oltenia (Romania) Regional Development Agency and Energy Agency of the Savinski, Shaleski and Koroski regions (Slovenia).



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