Sustainable Development and Low Carbon Economy in the Cross-border Region

Sustainable Development and Low Carbon Economy in the Cross-border Region

Develop a Common Policy for a Low Carbon Economy

Develop a Common Policy for a Low Carbon Economy

A Common Integrated Policy for a Low-carbon Economy in the Cross-border Region


ABB creates state-of-the-art solution for CO2-neutral and energy self-sufficient factory of the future

ABB has an extensive portfolio of eco-efficient solutions and services that can help decouple economic growth from environmental impacts. In fact, over half of ABB’s worldwide revenues are generated by technologies that combat the causes of climate change. The company’s goal is to increase this contribution from 57 percent in 2018 to 60 percent by 2020.

The company’s commitment to combatting climate change includes limiting the environmental impact of its own operations. ABB’s current target for climate action is to reduce its own GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2020 from a 2013 baseline.

At its site in Lüdenscheid, Germany, ABB shows how a sustainable energy transition can succeed with digital energy management. After a two-year design and construction phase, as part of its “Mission to Zero” project, ABB has opened its first CO2-neutral and energy self-sufficient production site in the world, with the commissioning of a solar power plant at a factory of its subsidiary Busch-Jaeger. ABB technology will generate enough power from the solar plant to cover, on sunny days, 100 percent of the factory’s power requirements. The flagship site will save about 630 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The full energy cycle of the factory has been created with ABB’s industry-leading energy-efficient components so that the entire system can run with significantly less power.  A large part of the energy that is needed is created with a sustainable solar power plant and an extremely energy-efficient cogeneration plant.

Measuring 3,500 square meters and installed over the car parks on the company premises, the photovoltaic system will deliver around 1,100 MWh of climate-neutral solar power a year – approximately the annual requirement of 340 private households. In combination with a cogeneration plant, which operates with double the energy efficiency of a coal-fired power plant, around 14 percent more energy can be generated than is needed at the site. The surplus power is fed into the public grid, contributing to the region’s power supply with sustainably produced energy. To cover peaks in demand, additional green energy is sourced from MVV Energie AG, which guarantees 100 percent CO2-neutral production.

“The photovoltaic system is part of an integrated solution that covers all aspects of energy production and distribution, making it possible to generate enough power to cover on sunny days 100 percent of its power requirements,” says Tarak Mehta, President of the Electrification business at ABB. “With this state-of-the-art site, we demonstrate the advantages of creating a system in which all components are digitally networked and controllable. This intelligent ecosystem enhances energy efficiency, sustainability and resource conservation, enabling a genuine zero emission future for industry and beyond.”

The technical centerpiece of the entire system in Lüdenscheid is the scalable energy management system OPTIMAX® from the ABB Ability Energy Management Suite. ABB Ability™ is the company’s innovative offering of digital solutions and services across all business areas that bring new levels of flexibility, efficiency and performance. The OPTIMAX® digital solution provides a continuous and transparent view of energy consumption. It allows real-time monitoring and optimization of energy use, as well as the integration of distributed generation and flexible consumption and storage, and operates largely autonomously. This learning system calculates the optimum energy flow on the basis of predictive data and compensates for deviations in real time, helping companies to reduce energy costs and emissions.

Aside from the energy management system and the photovoltaic system with inverters, the entire system at the factory brings together other ABB technologies that are digitally interconnected. For example, a battery energy storage system (BESS) with an output of 200 kW and a capacity of 275 kWh is responsible for energy storage. In addition, ABB charging points, where staff and visitors can charge their electric vehicles free of charge, provide for an additional improvement in the regional eco-balance. This single-source energy management solution is rounded off by smart switchgear for energy distribution. 

More information on the project can be found here

ABB’s contributions to climate goals are widely acknowledged and were recognized in 2018 by “Fortune” magazine, which named ABB as one of the top 10 companies that are changing the world.




Promote measures to reduce CO2 emissions in the region

  • As a result of the directions contained in the Joint policy paper for Low-Energy Economy in the cross-border region, which was prepared and adopted by the involved stakeholders in the final phase of the Project Joint Integrated Policy for Low-Carbon Economy  in the cross-border region, in the past period the municipalities and other affected stakeholders are focused intensively on their implementation.

In the municipalities of Berovo, Pehchevo and Delcevo, photovoltaic systems are installed on the roofs of 3 public institutions , which is expected to reduce the CO2emissions, but also significant savings in electricity will be made, which will directly reduce the costs of the municipalities. The sources for the realization of these projects are provided by the EU funds.

Additionally, the Air quality reports and measures for their improvement are an important basis for the municipalities for the implementation of the specific  measures and activities. There is a on-going initiative to set up an air quality measuring station in the region.

Anew project is approved for funding under the Second call for proposals under the INTERREG-IPA

Association „Renewable Energy Sources Cluster and Center“ for Medical Herbs and Berries “Ambrozija” have won a project approved for funding under the Second call for proposals under the INTERREG-IPA “Bulgaria – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia cross-border Programme CCI Number 2014TC16I5CB006. The project entitled “Identification and Monitoring of Contaminated Soils using innovative methodology” (MCSoil) has been ranked with highest score and its duration of implementation is 15 months. The overall objective of the project is to assess the specific needs of the region about the mapping of existing and potential soil contamination and increase the awareness about the state of the soil resources in the partner countries and improving resource management efficiency with regard to soils”.

From February to May 2018, the members of the Renewable Energy Sources Cluster and Center for Medical Herbs and Berries “Ambrozija”worked in close cooperation on the development of two projects proposals entitled “Identification and Monitoring of Contaminated Soils using innovative methodology” (MCSoil) and project “Ready for disasters” /ReDi/. The project proposals was intended to apply under the Second call for proposals under the INTERREG-IPA “Bulgaria – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia cross-border Programme CCI Number 2014TC16I5CB006. Following the publication of the final results revealing the projects proposed for financing, the “ReDi” project was ranked in the frame of the reserve list. RES Cluster and and Center for Medical Herbs and Berries “Ambrozija” are ambitious and motivated to continue to develop their cooperation and interaction in the development and implementation of initiatives and projects related to the environmental and climate protection, waste prevention, the introduction and use of RES, the promotion of EE, etc.