MENERGERS, a new EUKI funded project

A new key-project for the Municipal Energy Management was launched

The National Trust Ecofund is the leader of a consortia from Bulgaria, Germany and Romania in a project, aiming at creation of a model for energy managers services in Bulgaria and a set of criteria in Romania for the selection of implementers of municipal energy efficiency and RES projects.

The project is valuable because:

  • Research on good practices & existing status quo in Bulgaria, Germany & Romania will be conducted
  • Current curricula for energy managers, as well as public legislation and regulations will be analysed and provided
  • Examples for public buildings refurbishment and energy transitions will be included
  • Suitable energy management systems will be recommended
  • 2 study visits for BG and RO participants to Germany follow the research.
  • Relevant updates of Bulgarian legislation will be discussed and proposed

By 2050, European cities should be carbon-neutral, sustainable and ensure a high quality of life. In order to achieve this goal, society as a whole must become more responsible and mutual accountability must be shared among all actors. In order to successfully achieve the energy transition, we need mechanisms to address the environmental, economic and social aspects of the process, analysing the policies of different sectors in partnership with civil society, taking into account how citizens design their future.

As the energy transition involves radical changes in the structure, culture and practices of energy production, consumption, storage and distribution, local governments cannot carry out this journey on their own. On the contrary, the energy transition requires the effective involvement of key structures and beneficiaries alongside the administration. Ambitious goals and political commitments must therefore be linked to the commitment of civil society in decision-making and their implementation. This interdependence reveals the challenge behind the Municipal Energy Management.

In this context, the new project MENERGERS – Energy Managers’ Services in Municipalities intervenes. This is an EUKI funded initiative to support local administrations to efficiently coordinate the energy transition toward low-emissions cities. The main objective of the project is to enable and empower municipalities in Bulgaria and Romania to best manifest their role as Community Energy Managers and to thus contribute to the national Energy and Climate targets.

Coordinated by the National Trust Ecofund. The project is benefitting from the experience offered by the German Independent Institute for Environmental Issues, Berlin. Sofia Energy Agency, SOFENA and Energy Cities Romania, a network formed of local authorities in energy transition, fighting to reach climate neutrality are the other members of the consortia.

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. More information can be found at