EDIH ZAGORE is Bulgarian Digital Innovational Hub, focused on digitalisation and innovations. Established in April 2021 to support decarbonization of the regional economy through digital and green solutions introducing both in public and private sector. It’s members are brought together by the so called “Quadruple innovation helix framework”
“Strategy for the Use of Hydrogen for Climate-Neutral Europe”
adopted on 8 July 2020, identifies hydrogen as “a key priority for the implementation of the EU Green Deal (EGD) and the transition to clean energy”. Bulgaria, as a member state, is in process of preparing its national strategy. The goal is a smooth restructuring of the economy through large-scale introduction of hydrogen technologies with the most efficient use of available resources – technological, expert, human, geographical and financial.
For some regions in the EU, digital transformation is much more needed to be supported and accelerate as far these regions facing another enormous challenge related to European Green Deal goals achievement – to change fundamentally their economic and society traditions towards their total decarburization.
covers South-East Region (SER), NUTS II of Bulgaria, which consists of 4 NUTS III districts – Burgas, Sliven, Stara Zagora, and Yambol. The administrative centers of Burgas and Stara Zagora are among the 6 biggest cities in Bulgaria.
The largest lignite deposits in South-East Europe (SEE) are located in the District of Stara Zagora which determines the strong dependence of its economy on coal-mining, producing, and supplying of coal-based energy.
Тhe District of Stara Zagora (part of the South-East Region – SER, NUTS II, Bulgaria) is one of those facing this challenge which is scaring for many people – citizens, workers, managers, entrepreneurs – the District is a host of one of the biggest lignite basins in SEE. Its economy is strongly depending on coal-mining, producing and supplying of coal based energy.
The Smart Specialization Strategy (SSS)
identifies the following 2 lead priorities for the Region to be addressed because of their significant potential for development: Mechatronics and Clean Technologies (MCT) and Life and Health Science (LHS).