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Improving the quality of the atmospheric air in the municipality of Gorna Oryahovitsa by replacing solid fuel heating devices with alternative forms of heating

Organisation: Economic Policy Institute Website: Added: October 30, 2023
Project start date: December 13, 2021
Project end date: May 13, 2024


The implementation of the project proposal will contribute to the improvement of the air quality in the municipality of Gorna Oryahovitsa, by reducing the excessive levels of fine dust particles (PM10) from domestic heating, as one of the main sources of air pollution. The specific goal of the project is to replace the heating appliances with solid fuels (wood and coal) used by the population with alternative forms of heating. The project has two-stages: during the first stage, a survey will be conducted of the attitudes among the residents who heat with solid fuel to replace the heating appliances they use. A training campaign will be conducted among the population on the possibilities for replacement of solid fuel heating devices, explaining the possible alternative forms of heating and the conditions for inclusion of those interested in the replacement scheme. Analyzes, criteria and mechanisms for prioritization of households by neighborhoods will be prepared when applying alternatives with a view to contributing to the reduction of PM10 emissions. On-site visits to sites/households will examine the actual technical parameters with a view to replacing the devices. The first stage will end with the preparation of a comprehensive vision for the approach that the municipality will apply to the replacement of solid fuel heating devices. During the second stage, a procedure for selection of a contractor will be carried out and the used heating devices will be dismantled and the new heating appliances/systems will be delivered and installed according to the accepted parameters. The environmental benefits of the project will be expressed in the amount of PM10 emissions saved. The socio-economic benefits of the project are related to improving the health and quality of life of the residents of the municipality will increase public awareness on issues related to air quality.

Financial data

Total project cost: EUR 4 288 471; Grant: EUR 4 288 471; EU co-financing percentage: 100.00 %


The project could be considered a good practice for many reasons – it addresses a real problem, it is based on a participatory approach and a wide stakeholder engagement campaign as well as clear set of indicators.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.