Since 2013, Bulgaria has made efforts to improve in its eco-innovation performance through the implementation of several Operational Programmes, including Strategy for smart specialization, initiatives on waste management and recycling, energy efficiency, environment, transport, science and education, and innovation and competitiveness.

The main challenges for eco-innovation in Bulgaria are related increasing domestic and foreign investment opportunities in eco-innovation and circular economy, promoting efficient use of resources by achieving high energy efficiency (especially in homes and building infrastructure), further developing renewable energy sources, and improving sustainability practices within the transport sector. Increased national investments from government and industry would significantly encourage more support for eco-innovation and circular economy initiatives. Furthermore, the legislative framework needs further improvement to encourage more investment in the sector.

Nonetheless, several significant drivers of eco-innovation exist, such as rise in awareness from both business, citizens and government on the benefits of green products and technologies, high skilled human resource and knowledge capital and Bulgaria’s leading regional position in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector .

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For further information:

Energy Strategy of Bulgaria by 2020 "For a reliable, efficient and clean energy", 2011, www.strategy.bg/StrategicDocuments/View.aspx?lang=en-GB&Id=683

National Action Plan to promote green public procurement for the period 2012-2014, 2011, http://www.strategy.bg/StrategicDocuments/View.aspx?lang=bg-BG&Id=711

Second National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, 2011, http://www.strategy.bg/StrategicDocuments/View.aspx?lang=bg-BG&Id=712  

National plan for allocation of emissions trading of greenhouse gases for the period 2008 - 2012 , 2011, http://www.strategy.bg/StrategicDocuments/View.aspx?lang=bg-BG&Id=610

National Long-term Programme to Encourage the Use of Biomass 2008-2020, 2011, http://www.strategy.bg/StrategicDocuments/View.aspx?lang=en-GB&Id=673

National Long-term Programme to Encourage the Use of Bio fuels in the Transport Sector 2008-2020, 2011, http://www.strategy.bg/StrategicDocuments/View.aspx?lang=en-GB&Id=672

Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, 2013, Operational Program "Competitiveness and Innovation" 2014-2020, Available at http://www.opcompetitiveness.bg/module3.php?menu_id=276

Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, 2013, Innovation strategy for smart specialization of the Republic of Bulgaria, work version of May 28, 2013 available at  http://www.mi.government.bg/files/useruploads/files/ris3_28_05_2013.pdf

Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism in Bulgaria & EBRD, 2013, The Energy Efficiency and Green Economy Programme . Available at http://www.beeciff.org/cms/en

Operational Programme for Innovation and Competitiveness 2014-2020. Available at:

Smart Specialisation Strategy Bulgaria; Republic of Bulgaria – General Information. Available at :

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