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Programme SummaryWhy is the programme needed? Despite improvements in recent years, Bulgaria remains the most energy-intensive economy in the European Union. The country also has an innovation performance well below the EU average. In response, and in line with EU targets to catch up in innovation performance, the Bulgarian government has developed an investment policy with a special focus on promoting innovative enterprises. Making the national economy greener and increasing the competitiveness of green enterprises are key aims. However, entrepreneurs are often hampered by a lack of access to finance. Support is needed to step up eco-innovation and create conditions where green entrepreneurs and business can thrive. What will the programme achieve? The programme will increase green business opportunities within sectors such as construction, environmentally-friendly transport, and information and communication technologies (ICT). Beneficiaries are entrepreneurs and companies (mainly small and medium-sized enterprises - SMEs) who will get assistance to develop and commercialise new and innovative eco-friendly technologies and processes. They will gain from increased energy and resource efficiency in business, and additional opportunities to exploit growing markets for environmental goods and services. By creating new jobs and propelling a more sustainable economic growth, the programme will contribute to reducing social and economic disparities. How will it be achieved?
- Development of innovative environmental technologies, products or processes (e.g. smart buildings and purchasing / green products and packaging / waste reduction and process optimisation)
- Increased use of remote environmental monitoring technologies to identify and respond to environmental change (e.g. climate-related disasters like flooding, forest fires etc.)
- Capacity building to increase awareness of the benefits of ‘greening’ business and how to put this into practice
- Training for around 300 employees from SMEs and young entrepreneurs on the green economy