For the first time in the country a project for gradual introduction of biomethane and green hydrogen for the plants in TEZ has been launched

For the first time in the country a project for gradual introduction of biomethane and green hydrogen for the plants in TEZ has been launched

Trakia Economic Zone EAD /TEZ/ and Sitigaz Bulgaria are launching a strategic partnership in order to reduce CO2 emissions and turn the industrial park into a completely “green”. This was agreed by Eng. Plamen Panchev, founder and CEO of the largest economic zone in Eastern Europe and Dr. Eng. Alexander Kozhuharov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citigaz Bulgaria EAD during the forum “Possible transition of the industry to zero emissions – the need for radical change”. Present at the agreement was Georgi Stefanov, head of the political cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for Climate Policy in the Council of Ministers. Mr. Stefanov was one of the speakers at the forum, organized by DQS Bulgaria, Trakia Economic Zone and INNO-CON.

TEZ and Sitigaz have been partners for more than 15 years in meeting the natural gas needs of the numerous companies located in the area, reminded Eng. Panchev. Eng. Kozhuharov specified that the forthcoming program envisages gradual introduction of biomethane, which is produced by a special technology from biogas and supplied to the existing gas pipeline network of Sitigaz Bulgaria EAD. The second stage includes the development and introduction of initially 10% green hydrogen from renewable sources (obtained by electrolysis) in the networks of Sitigaz, with a tendency to increase the amount after the expansion of gas pipelines and their compliance with new conditions for hydrogen production.

The project actually started for the first time in Bulgaria and through it biomethane and green hydrogen will be gradually introduced for the plants in TEZ.

The strategic partnership between TEZ and Sitigaz was literally a response from the companies present in the area, who commented at the forum that they will meet part of their energy needs with their own renewable sources, but the main part is expected to be from a green energy operator.

Eng. Haiko Schmith, Executive Director of DQS Bulgaria, presented the vision of a zero-emission company, going through the entire life cycle of products and services – from supply of raw materials and energy through main production technologies to waste disposal. Doychin Todorov, senior consultant at INNO-CON and auditor at DQS Bulgaria, pointed out the ways to verify (certify) the carbon footprint, as well as opportunities to improve energy efficiency through the introduction of energy management systems. The two international experts gave specific answers to a number of questions from the audience, continued discussions with some of those present after the forum.

The panel of Mr. Georgi Stefanov on the topic “Climate change, green deal, ESG policies and taxonomy for sustainable finance” also aroused great interest. The basis of the EU for accelerated economic growth. “One of the most renowned Bulgarian environmentalists and conservationists advised companies to hire “green” employees with broadly delegated powers to be able to act quickly to adapt and mitigate – complementary strategies addressed to increased risks arising from climate change. The Head of the Political Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Climate Policy in the Council of Ministers pointed out that the Regulatory Framework for ESG Policies (Environmental, Social and Governance, which policies are actually the business response to the UN global goals) will become a fully integrated system in the way businesses operate in the future, and will involve all market participants. To do this, the European Commission has announced that it will invest 1 trillion euros by 2030. It is also estimated that large investments in the private sector will amount to 2.5 trillion euros over the next 10 years.

Special participation in the forum was taken by Eng. Vyara Koleva, Director of the Directorate “Ecology and Waste Management” at the Municipality of Plovdiv.