Integrated project for Energy
Independence and Sustainable Ecological
Business Development of Kostinbrod
Municipality
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An innovative sustainable model for preventing the Floods in the
region of Kostinbrod. Reconnecting rivers and floodplains.
Creating 4-6 Sustainable Wetlands; Sustainable use of ecosystems
for biomass production.
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Sustainable aquaculture and fisheries; Aquaculture by-products for
the Energy sector, Agricultural sector, Natural Cosmetics and
Pharmaceutics.
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Recreational opportunities, Eco-tourism, and Sustainability
education (building bike trails and eco-infrastructure).
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Ramsar sites and Natura 2000 zones – protecting biodiversity,
conservation of habitats and species covered by the Habitats and
Birds Directives of the EC.
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River’s natural state
River changed by human activity
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Paulownia plantation for biomass
production
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Paulownia plantation for hi-quality
timber production
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Intercropping with Paulownia
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Birds on the territory
of Kostinbrod
Municipality covered
by the EC Birds
Directives
Aythya nyroca
Falco vespertinus
Botaurus stellaris
Pelecanus crispus
Phalacrocorax
pygmeus
Crex crex
Tetrax tetrax
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Municipality of Kostinbrod
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Concessions/ Public Procurement Law
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Public-Private partnerships (PPP)
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Private investments
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Aquacultural production (fish, crustaceans, amphibians, mollusks and
aquatic plants;
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Aquatic and fishery by-products (biomass);
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Fees from environmentally friendly fishing;
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Recreational opportunities;
Touristic attractions and eco-houses for capital-countryside tourism.
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Biomass from wetlands, river zones and green alleys.
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Biomass from the food industry (Kenar, Olinesa); Animal husbandry
Nitrates Directive 91/676/ЕCC);
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Expired foods from large food retailers.
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Electricity - SEWRC, NEK AED;
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Heat – Sustainable Greenhouses;Industry;Administrative buildings;
Swimming pools and hotels; Households and others.
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Liquid manure – agriculture;
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Solid manure – agriculture; Terracing the south slopes of the mountain;
improving the soil and humus layer. Acacia, Paulownia, woodchips;
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Restoring forest areas converted to pastures in the past; Improving the
micro-climate and returning water to the region.
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Installation for biogas production (from 0.5 to 1 MW).(Proximity to raw
materials, a network to transport biogas);
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Biomass supply system:
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At zero price, brought on site from small farmers to local stations;
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Juridical persons and large farms - pay;
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Retailers, expired foods - pay a higher price;
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Slaughterhouse waste – pay on market price lower than the one for
the waste incinerator;
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Liquid manure realization.
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Solid manure realization.
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Characteristics 2х3 or 2х5 KW, 70% el. energy, 30% heat;
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Wood Chip Supply:
Municipal company; terracing the bare slopes of the mountain;
Contracts with Physical and Juridical Persons;
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Wetlands’ zones concessioners;
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Agro-forestry, planned logging.
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 Heat sale, monthly bills;
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Electricity sale, monthly bills;
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Solid residue - Ash:
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Application to forest ecosystems;
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Apply as fertilizer (fertilizer or supplement) in agricultural ecosystems;
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Implementation in geotechnical construction and industrial processes.
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Low price for hot water and heating;
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Effect: Competition - gas, electricity, wood, coal;
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100% private investment on the principle of PPP;
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Operating companies on the principle of PPP with the
Municipality:
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Building substations;
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Maintenance and operation of facilities;
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Collecting monthly bills.
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The company will manage municipal land amounting to 28,000 decars.
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Production and sale of biomass for biogas and wood chips. Creation of
a bio-energy industry based entirely on local raw materials - Energy
independent municipality;
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Terracing of the South slopes of the mountain and planting of tree crops.
(Acacia, Paulownia, Alluvial forests, Water and riparian vegetation and
others);
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Organic agriculture, livestock and greenhouses;
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Forest fruits.
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Sustainable and clean energy production;
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Re-forestation and agro-forestry ;
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Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and food;
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Improving the ecological status of rivers and preserving nature.
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Energy independence;
Competitive prices of energy and heat for households and regional
industry;
Creating Sustainable Local Economy and Green Jobs (150-300);
Revenues in the municipality except local taxes; new investment
opportunities;
Long-term model for flood prevention;
Environmental sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation:
- Protection of wetlands and biodiversity;
- Improving the ecological status of rivers;
- Reducing the carbon footprint of the region;
Opportunities for tourism, recreation and entertainment;
Sustainable return on investments;
Initiate innovative and sustainable model for
attracting business investment.
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EU environmental programme “Life +” ;
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EU energy programme “Intelligent Energy Europe”
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EEA & Norway Grants;
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Operational Program for Fisheries and Aquaculture (2007 – 2013)
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ILO, Green jobs programmes
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Green growth;
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Banks;
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Private capital.
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Milen Dimitrov
Mayer of the city of Kostinbrod
Stefan Grigorov and Orhideya Mitova
Bulgarian Centre for Sustainable Local Development and
Ecopedagogy
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Regional Sustainability Park, Kostinbrod Municipality and Sofia