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7,262,675 (July 2008 est.)
Population Growth Rate
-0.837% (2007 est.)
GDP per capita
$11,800 (2007 est.)
GDP by economic sector (2007 est.)
agriculture: 8.1%, industry: 31.3%, services: 60.7%
Natural resources
bauxite, copper, lead, zinc, coal, timber, arable land

Seed money project for development of SPARE in Bulgaria

The main aim of the project has been to assess the need and possibilities for development and implementation of the educational project SPARE, establish a foundation for cooperation between the partners and prepare main application.


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The main challenge for the Bulgarian energy sector is the need for an urgent change in the priorities set out so far in official energy strategies. This requires a change in the outdated attitude among political decision-makers and the business sector that economic growth necessarily means the introduction of new fossil fuel-based energy generation capacity, inevitably giving rise to increased greenhouse gas emissions. Improving energy efficiency must be placed in the foreground of policy-making. According to official government data, Bulgaria is the most energy-intensive country in the European Union, 5-6 times less energy efficient than the average.

Bulgaria imports over 74% of its energy resources and is 100% dependent on Russia for petroleum, gas and nuclear fuel imports, with no current alternatives. The tendency to underestimate the considerable potential of renewable energy sources (RES) in Bulgaria continues. Accordingly the government continues to rely on the economically unviable and hazardous project to construct the new Belene nuclear power plant, new coal-fired power stations and large hydro power stations on the River Danube.

Artikkelen ble sist oppdatert: 07.10.2009



SPARE competition in Bulgaria: The winners of the awarded projects were announced officially

16.03.2010 | Sist oppdatert: 10.06.2010

The winners of the national SPARE competition were announced during the forum "Environmental message for Tarnovo" organised elegantly by the American College Arcus on 15th March, 2010. The national coordinator Todor Todorov announced the results of the competition in front of a prominent audience - the mayor of the city of Veliko Tarnovo d-r Rashev, local and national media, representatives of the Board of the Arcus College, the management of the College, teachers and students.

SPARE starting in Bulgaria

SPARE starting in Bulgaria


Together with Bulgarian partner, Naturvernforbundet has received seed money in order to develop a project on energy saving and renewable energy use in schools. The project is EEA funded and is expected to improve conditions in schools as well as to bring up new generations of environmentally aware citizens