An expert discussion in the city of Vidin was organized by Green Synergy Cluster within the MAKING-CITY project, to present the concept and methodology for the development of energy positive zones(PEDs) in the city. The meeting was held jointly with the Municipality of Vidin, which is a partner in the project, and the main goal was together with local representatives of chamber organizations, experts, energy auditors, engineers and architects to discuss the energy needs of the city and identify areas with the greatest potential for utilization of renewable energy sources, so that the city becomes a low-carbon city by 2050. To this end, the Green Synergy Cluster will develop for the Municipality of Vidin an Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate until 2030, which will be upgraded to a Long-Term Plan for Energy Transition 2050.
Eng. Daniela Kostova presented the long-term goals of the project in the context of the European energy goals set in the “Energy 2020” strategy, the Energy and Climate 2030 Framework, and the Roadmap for Energy Transition to 2050, which aims to make Europe neutral in terms of climate continent by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80–95% below 1990 levels.
After that, the national energy goals set in the National Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate until 2030 were presented, some of which are:
- National target for the share of energy from renewable sources in the gross final energy consumption by 2030 – 27.09%
- Reduction of primary energy consumption compared to the baseline forecast PRIMES 2007 – 27.89%
- Reduction of final energy consumption compared to the baseline forecast PRIMES 2007 – 31.67%
- Level of energy interconnection – 15%
A great interest to the participants in the meeting was the presentation of the methodology for design of energy positive zones, including several main phases, starting with identifying the energy needs of the city, analysis of available and potential energy sources, identification and PESTEL analysis of potential innovative solutions and technologies, achieving a positive energy balance.
At the end of the presentations were presented the two potential energy positive zones in the city of Vidin, which will be clearly delineated, after energy modeling of the city with LEAP and ENERKAD tools, which will simulate different energy scenarios until 2050, presenting how City of Vidin will be transformed low carbon and positive energy city.
The MAKING-CITY project is funded by the Horizon 2020 program, launched in December 2018 and has a duration of 60 months. It focuses on demonstrating the potential of the concept of energy positive zones (PED) as a basis for effective and sustainable urban planning and development.