The EBRD’s Business Advisory Service (BAS) team organised a training course on renewable energy sources for Bulgarian entrepreneurs who operate micro and small businesses.
Companies with fewer than 100 employees are at the core of the Bulgarian economy. Increasing energy efficiency in the management of the MSME sector is therefore one of the priorities to reduce the impact of climate change.
Environmental management for MSMEs
Over the past years, the EBRD’s Business Advisory Service (BAS) Programme in Bulgaria has been including environmental management issues in its programme for the improvement of local enterprises’ management effectiveness and market performance.
In March 2010, for example, the BAS team successfully organised a two-day training course on Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Sofia, with the aim of encouraging the utilisation of renewable sources and meeting the EU membership requirements. The 63 participants included local managers of MSMEs, consultants and Bulgarian and Portuguese high authorities. The main lecturers of the seminar were representatives of leading Portuguese companies specialised in construction and the development of wind and solar power generators, and other RES – Martifer Energy Systems.
Wind and solar RES
The seminar, which received highly positive feedback from its participants, illustrated tools and techniques required for assisting an enterprise in the implementation of wind and solar RES and presented best practice case studies. It explored recent technological advances in wind power development, assessed the potential of installing photovoltaic systems and discussed how to operate and monitor wind farm and solar power plants, strengthening awareness of environmental benefits and business opportunities emerging from the RES market.
Since 2009 the BAS Programme in Bulgaria has received a grant contribution from Portugal of more than €300,000, which is supporting more than 20 advisory projects in the MSME sector.