Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds

Addressing Transport as A Source of Air Pollution

Organisation: Economic Policy Institute Website: Added: October 31, 2023
Project start date: May 07, 2020
Project end date: May 22, 2024


The project "Improvement of ambient air quality through the establishment of environmentally friendly public electric transport in Pernik" includes the purchase of 5 electric buses with charging stations among other things. Through the implementation of the project, emissions of PM10 and NOx from public transport will be reduced by 0.08 t per year. Thus, by improving air quality the project seeks to create more efficient and environmentally friendly public transport with less energy consumption and opportunities for alternative modes of transport; contribution to the achievement of the Specific objective "Reduction of atmospheric air pollution by reducing the amounts of PM10/NOx" under Priority Axis 5 of OPE 2014-2020. The project builds on the project "Integrated urban transport of the town of Pernik" under OP ‘Regional Development’ 2014-2020.

Financial data

Total Project cost: EUR 3 673 617; Grant: EUR: 3 067 547; Own funding: EUR 606 070; Percentage of EU co-financing: 85.00 %


By design, the project can be considered a good practice since it is in line with the overall decarburization targets in the field of transport. What is more, it has clear key performance indicators, which are often missing in similar projects.

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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.