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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 13 September, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Южен централен (Yuzhen tsentralen)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
European Strategic Cluster Partnership - Going International (ESCP-4i) Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Project Manager
Cluster Manager
Project Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Solar/Thermal energy
Solid biomass
S3 EU priority areas: 
Bio fuels & energy efficiency
Sustainable energy & renewables
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Sustainable buildings, Environmental engineering for Energy applications, Biomass energy resources, Thermal Energy Systems, Efficient buildings and systems, Bioenergy
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Energy Agency of Plovdiv
Research Organisation
Install Engineering
Oberon Konzeptbau
Sofena Ltd.
ISE Energy
Cluster Strategy
  • to position the cluster as an innovative brand for green energy solutions and services  
  • to develop and implement innovative projects in the sustainable energy field
  • to take part in the transition towards sustainable energy 
  • to promote natural resources efficiency
  • to intensify cluster and business network collaboration
  • to inspire new ideas among cluster members, thus to establish more competitive environment among them
  • to internationalize cluster members and to establish partnerships with other clusters and organisations at international level
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Location promotion / attraction of Foreign Direct Investment
Details of support services: 
  • providing access to new contacts and business opportunities
  • development of analysis of the new incoming technologies and innovative products
  • development of ideas for innovative projects 
  • development of ideas for joint projects
  • encouraging innovation among cluster members
  • searching for suitable project partners for project implementations 
  • participation in study visits 
  • sending regular information for available business events and business missions
  • sending regular information for available national funding opportunities
  • participation in regional energy conferences and fairs 
  • organisation of c2c & b2b events with other parties
  • organisation of regular GSC meetings
  • facilitation of collaboration between members
  • facilitation of regular exchange of information and experience
  • different promotional activities, e.g. economic regional yearbooks, press releases, promotional fair materials, etc. 
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

- participation at the Low carbon business mission in Mexico - setting up an Internationalisation Strategy Plan  - signing NATUREEF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING  for establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnership, focused on the Natural Resource Efficiency  - participation in a study visit at the Innovation Network for Biomass (INBIOM) in Denmark.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Vegepolys (EU)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
  • PROMETHEUS project, Intelligent Energy for Europe programme
  • Cluster Go International, COSME 
  • ETV4INNOVATION, Erasmus+
  • MAKING-CITY, H2020
  • Sustainable Development of Cluster "Green Synergy"  within OP "Competitiveness" 2007-2013 
  • Cluster Go International - NATUREEF ESCPi - The scope of NATUREEF European Strategic Cluster Partnership is design and implement a joint strategy promoting cross-sectoral cooperation and facilitating the internationalization of small and medium companies (SMEs) through SMEs mentoring and through the dissemination of their innovative technologies considering a new Natural Efficient Resource Concept.
  • Development of an online resource to train enterprises with the final objective to foster them into Environmental Technology Verification - ETV4INNOVATION - ETV4INNOVATION is 28 months long EC funded VET Strategic Partnership project under Erasmus+ programme. It has been designed with the aim to support the development and the implementation of an innovative practice and a new training path in the field of Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). There is a very strong demand from buyers of innovative eco-technologies for performance guarantees. The Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) statement offers the only internationally accepted guarantee of performance for any eco-technology. As the new ISO 14034:2016 standard, ETV can provide eco-technology developers with a real competitive edge for marketing their products. As the ETV verification statement offers guarantees of the performance of eco-technologies, the process of obtaining ETV verification statements follows very strict guidelines and procedures. To obtain such statements rapidly and at the lowest cost, companies must meet the level of requirements of the ETV verification process at all phases of product development.
  • TRACE-KEI - TRAns-national Collaboration Empowering Key European Industries - TRACE-KEI aims at strengthening the cluster management, in terms of defining medium-long term development strategy and improve the quality of services offered to their associate SMEs. In fact, through project activities (i.e. joint training and study visits), cluster managers will be provided with the necessary skills and tools to strengthen the aspects related to clusters management. As for strategy development, cluster managers will get more familiar with analysis of value chains and market foresight, in terms of future development trends and matching with associates and SMEs expectations.
  • MAKING-CITY - the project involves 2 “lighthouse cities”, Groningen and Oulu, for the demonstration of their ambitious energy objectives. Both cities have been chosen due to their current work and commitment on energy transition, and the work with them will help others, our 6 “follower cities”: León (Spain), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadiköy (Turkey), Poprad (Slovakia), Vidin (Bulgaria) and Lublin (Poland), to replicate the solutions proposed. The consortium is completed by representing key stakeholders within the value chain of smart cities: leading European research/academic institutions, large industries, SMEs, public bodies and specific exploitation expert partners.MAKING CITY will focus on achieving evidences about the actual potential of the PED approach. This approach will be the basis of high efficient and sustainable plan and will be used to implement anenergy efficient pathway for the city transformation. In a context of the COP 24 and the 2015 Paris Agreement, MAKING CITY will provide a long-term vision (the “City Vision 2050”) making a considering change in the cities’ energy systems and organisational structure.  The project will develop advanced procedures and methodologies based on the PED defined as SET Plan does: “A Positive Energy District is a district with annual net zero energy import and net zero CO2 emissions, working towards an annual local surplus production of renewable energy”.
Relevant Project References: 
Cluster Go International - NATUREEF
Success Story / Achievements: 
  1. The actual idea for establishing Green Synergy Cluster was born through implementation of the IEE funded project - Prometheus, aiming to support small businesses in green energy field. 
  2. Green Synergy Cluster participated at the Business Cooperation Seminar and Matchmaking Event in Mexico City - the event aimed to foster cooperation between Green Synergy cluster and SMEs from Europe and Mexico related to the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management and wastewater management. It provided a unique opportunity for cluster collaboration with Mexico with the aim to explore possible common areas of interest for cooperation and complementarities, in terms of sectoral, value chain, and market focus of cluster members.
  3. Green Synergy Cluster participated at Natural resource efficiency China mission - the EU Delegation was represented by Mr. Claus Mortensesn of INBIOM (Denmark), Mrs. Liyan Adjarova form Green Synergy Cluster (Bulgaria), and Mr. Enric Pedros from FEMAC, who took part of the Special Seminar on China (Fujian) – EU Agricultural Cooperative Opportunities. The Fuzhou Workshop included introductory meetings with the Government of Fujian Province, Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the prospects of developing a sister agriculture cluster here in China. This mission provided a deeper understanding on viable business and cooperation models, what European technologies and businesses have prospects in Fujian province, and beyond, and how to develop a cluster that would become part of the Natureef Consortium in the long-term. Furthermore, the mission allowed both European and Chinese partners to discuss financing options including government grants, private sector investment, and research funding. The Delegation, had the suport form the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) of the Spanish Innovation Agency of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The agenda also included a participation the 19th China International Fair for Investment & Trade, in Xiamen, and the visit to the folowing companies: Xiamen Tasman Bio-Tech Co. Ltd, a Sino-Israeli Demonstration Fram among others.
  4. Green Synergy Cluster participated at Natural resource efficiency Philippines mission - the EU delegation was consisted of the following clusters – Green Synergy, FEMAC, Green Chemistry, Vegepolys and CREA Hydro & Energy . Local NATUREEF  partners  were identified in the name of Sta. Clara International Corporation and the EU-Philippines Business Network. The first Business Round Table Discussion took place with philippinos agricultural, water and energy companies in Sta. Clara International Corporation. 
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Green Synergy cluster has the expertise and the maturity to be a good cooperation partner for establishing and implementing innovative business ideas in Bulgaria. The cluster is established in 2011, but since than its members are rapidly growing. The cluster is innovations driven in the filed of green energy services.