On 21st January 2016, the third CGC workshop was held in the town of Kardzhali. Representatives of municipalities, district administrations, energy utilities, and energy agencies participated in the meeting, organised by the Association of Rhodope Municipalities and the Black Sea Energy Research Centre.
The participants discussed the final regional maps on the Heating energy demand, RES heating potential and their future exploitation. They also debated about the results of the cost-benefit analysis of different options for heating in residential buildings and the funding opportunities for investments in renewable energy projects. The participants were invited to discuss the objectives and measures foreseen for the implementation of the Regional heating plan of the Rhodope region until 2030.
Examples of good practices of RES heating and cooling from Greece, Austria, Italy, Latvia and Spain were presented to the CGC members.
Finally, presentations of Horizon 2020 projects BioRES and Bioenergy4business projects were delivered. The local authorities showed interest and expressed their willingness to take part in the Logistic centres for biomass that would be established within BioRES.