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Dear ladies and gentlemen,

I congratulate you on the occasion of the opening of the SEE Conference "Save the Planet", which again this year will present the best practices in waste management and recycling. Focusing on innovations in this field, the event will display the latest technologies and knowledge exchange in the public and private sector and consider waste as a resource.

I would like to thank the organizers for their invitation to the Ministry of Environment and Water to take part in the seventh edition of the Conference. This is an opportunity for us to present the novelties and key aspects of the Bulgarian legislation on waste management trends and the achieved results regarding recycling and utilization.

In my message to you, I would like to emphasize on some important points. The Package "Circular economy", that was presented on 2 December 2015 by the European Commission, outlines the transition from the linear to circular economy and where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible. In this way sustainable development will be encouraged, the EU's global competitiveness will be increased and new jobs will be created. The circular economy is focused on creating innovative business models and on moving to sustainability in production and consumption.

The Action Plan envisages comprehensive EU commitments in relation to the eco-design, the development of strategic approaches for plastics and chemicals, initiatives for financing innovative projects. EU Research and Innovation Programme "Horizon 2020" includes targeted actions in the field of food waste, construction, critical raw materials, industrial and mining waste, consumption and public procurement, fertilizers and water reuse.

The EC aims concern a binding landfill target to reduce landfill to maximum of 10% of all waste by 2030 and for recycling 65% of municipal waste by 2030.

In recent years the country increased the quantities of recycled and recovered waste and invest in building of a comprehensive infrastructure to ensure the achievement of the legislative objectives.

Ivelina Vasileva
Minister of Environment & Water



Dear Attendees,

I am very glad that the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works is among the institutions that institutionally support the SEE Forum on Energy Efficiency (EE) and Smart Cities as EE is among the priorities of the Ministry and the Bulgarian Government.

Your contribution as an organizer of the specialized event is extremely important because the topic is a key one for our society and economy. When you started the Forum on Energy Efficiency 12 years ago, the energy efficiency topic was unknown and inapplicable for Bulgaria. Today even the children know about it. Measures for saving energy and environment protection are deeply underlined in construction sector and in all spheres of economy as well. Thanks to organizations like yours, the hard work of the Government and the solidarity of the European Union, today we are not only talking about energy efficiency, but develop large-scale programs for hundreds of millions.

Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works has developed and launched the National Program for Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings, which is financed by the national budget with 1 billion Leva.  Under the program till now more than 2100 residential buildings nationwide have applied for remediation. That means energy efficiency for thousands of Bulgarian households. But the program will not only achieve this. It will carry out also a number of objectives - lower heating costs, renovated buildings/apartments, hundreds of new jobs and environment protection.

We have the assurance of the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance that in 2017 there will be will be allocated more 1 billion leva to continue the renovation work of the apartment buildings in all municipalities. Through the funds from the Operational Program "Regional Development" 2007-2013, we succeeded to renovate other 156 housings in the country. We have also implemented energy efficiency measures in schools, kindergartens, social and public buildings. We continue with the same enthusiasm with the new Operational Program "Regions for Growth" 2014-2020, according to we will be able to renovate schools, public buildings, social housing citizens and buildings-cultural heritage.
Energy efficiency is the future! If we want to live in a clean, beautiful and safe environment, we need to think globally and to take such large-scale endeavors.
Keep on with the same enthusiasm to support the introduction of innovative technologies, the development of the sustainable development sector and energy efficiency in the country!
I wish you good luck!

Lilyana Pavlova
Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of the Republic of Bulgaria



Welcome Message from Mr. Bozhidar Lukarski, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria

Dear Attendees,

Increasing of energy efficiency and building of smart cities, based on implemented innovations, are determining factors for achieving sustainable development and accelerated economic growth. They directly concern not only the substantial improvement of the conditions and environment in which we are living, but also affects the building of a more competitive national economy.

Under the conditions of limited resources, including energy, it is necessary to create intelligent productions, which can multiply the effectiveness of the inputs. This is a necessary condition for ensuring the creation of added value in our economy and to achieve raising of our standards in a long-term period.

The presentation of the latest trends and best practices in the field of energy efficiency and smart cities is an important step in this process. I hope the forum will play out its important role as a platform for sharing ideas on the potential to change the vision of the Bulgarian city and the manner in which Bulgarian companies do business.
I believe the attendees will also contribute to this!



Welcome Message from Ms Ulrike Straka, Commercial Counsellor, Advantage Austria Sofia

Austria - leading country in Europe in the field of technologies for environmental protection In the late 70s Austrians started to trouble about the environment cleanness: it was about acid rain, forest extinction and about the contaminated water, too. The tourist industry also recognized the danger, coming from environmental pollution.

That was the impetus for the technologies development that serve for the environment protection and sustainable industrial development. There were created methods for waste disposal and utilization, for obtaining energy from renewable natural sources as well as wastewater treatment and flue gas. The adopted laws meant increased costs of production and higher costs for taxpayers. These technologies have become an export hit.

Today Austria is a leader in Europe and all over the world through its technologies for environmental protection. Austrian companies, participants in this year’s exhibition "Save the Planet", are already known in Bulgaria.

They offer equipment from sorting of waste to its utilization and technologies for production of heat and electricity from biomass and wood waste. At the forthcoming ‘Save the Planet’ they will present their latest enhancements and would like to attract more new customers.

Nowadays Bulgaria is facing the important task to keep its nature. The country receives assistance through the EU operational programs. Austrian companies with their know-how are a reliable partner for this cooperation.


Welcome Message from Ambassador Traian Chebeleu
Deputy Secretary General
Permanent International Secretariat
Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization

Distinguished participants,

On behalf of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, I am welcoming you warmly at the 2016 edition of the South Eastern Europe ECO Forum and Exhibitions.

We are glad to be associated since several years as supportive organization to this important annual event, which offers an excellent framework for getting acquainted with the latest technological developments related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy, smart cities and waste management and recycling, for identifying new investment opportunities and for facilitating contacts with leading market players in these sectors.

One of the priorities of our Organization is to support the efforts of our 12 Member States for ensuring sustainable energy, including the elaboration of a BSEC Green Energy Strategy with the view to promoting renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly technologies.

We are in the process of establishing the BSEC Green Energy Network, which we believe will be an important tool for exchanging information and for sharing know-how and good practices among our Member States, which had set for themselves the task of taking gradual steps to materialize the vision of transforming the BSEC Region into a model for clean energy by the year 2050.

The efforts we are undertaking in this direction have a distinct importance in the light of the new international agreement on the climate, adopted at the COP21 which took place in Paris in December 2015, a crucial conference enabling all countries to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon economies, whilst promoting fair and sustainable development.

I am confident that ECO Forum will be of a great help for the States in South East Europe and Back Sea regions in the same direction.

With these thoughts, I wish the participants useful networking and fruitful exchanges during the Conference.




Exhibitions & Conferences

Sofia Sport & Healthy Life Exhibition


Via Expo is a Member of:

Bulgarian Association of Recycling

Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association

Bulgarian- Swiss Chamber of Commerce

German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Bulgarian Industrial Association

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Novel method of vulnerability assessment of simple landfills area using the multimedia, multipathway and multireceptor risk assessment (3MRA) model, China

Vulnerability assessment of simple landfills was conducted using the multimedia, multipathway and multireceptor risk assessment (3MRA) model for the first time in China. The minimum safe threshold of six contaminants (benzene, arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)], divalent mercury [Hg(II)] and divalent nickel [Ni(II)]) in landfill and waste pile models were calculated by the 3MRA model...
23/09/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Private sector participation in domestic waste management in informal settlements in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, which is grappling with the challenges of poorly managed urbanisation. With an estimated population of about 17.5 million, solid waste management is one of the most pressing environmental challenges currently faced in the city...
23/09/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

EUR 150 Mio support for a biomass and waste-fired cogeneration plant in Lithuania approved by the EC

The state owned energy group of Lithuania is building a EUR 345 million biomass and waste-fired...
19/09/16|04:40 -- enercee.net

Planning for the closure of uncontrolled landfills in Turkey to reduce environmental impacts

Landfilling is the most preferred solid waste disposal method in Turkey owing to both economic and technical reasons. However, beside the sanitary landfills there are also hundreds of uncontrolled waste sites located throughout Turkey, which are often left either abandoned or burning...
19/09/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Occupational exposure to the municipal solid waste workers in Chandigarh, India

Manual handling of municipal solid waste is of serious concern owing to emerging occupational risks. Considering this, health risks of municipal solid waste workers involved in street sweeping, waste collection, waste processing and rag picking were assessed in Chandigarh, India, using an interview schedule as a study tool...
17/09/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Sustainability assessment and prioritisation of bottom ash management in Macao

In Macao, about 7200 t yr–1 of bottom ash (BA) is generated and conventionally landfilled with construction waste. Because the properties of BA are similar to those of natural aggregates, it is suitable to be recycled as construction material...
17/09/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Construction and demolition waste generation rates for high-rise buildings in Malaysia

Construction and demolition waste continues to sharply increase in step with the economic growth of less developed countries. Though the construction industry is large, it is composed of small firms with individual waste management practices, often leading to the deleterious environmental outcomes...
17/09/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Multi-criteria decision making to support waste management: A critical review of current practices and methods

Solid waste management is a complex domain involving the interaction of several dimensions; thus, its analysis and control impose continuous challenges for decision makers. In this context, multi-criteria decision-making models have become important and convenient supporting tools for solid waste management because they can handle problems involving multiple dimensions and conflicting criteria...
15/09/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Berm design to reduce risks of catastrophic slope failures at solid waste disposal sites

Existing waste disposal sites are being strained by exceeding their volumetric capacities because of exponentially increasing rates of municipal solid waste generation worldwide, especially in densely populated metropolises. Over the past 40 years, six well-documented and analyzed disposal sites experienced catastrophic failure...
08/09/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

One step towards decarbonisation in Romania

More than 50% of electricity were provided by renewable sources on two consecutive days in August...
24/08/16|04:46 -- enercee.net

Turkey: 5 hydro power plants to be privatized

The Turkish Privatization Administration (OIB) is awaiting offers for the privatization of five...
22/08/16|04:38 -- enercee.net

IRENEC 2016 and 2017

The Renewable Energy Conference in 2016 and 2017 taking place in Istanbul
22/08/16|03:10 -- enercee.net

Update of enerCEE maps

Maps show total production of electricity and renewable production thereof.Time series were...
22/08/16|02:59 -- enercee.net

The effect of additives on migration and transformation of gaseous pollutants in the vacuum pyrolysis process of waste printed circuit boards

The effect of six additives (CaCO3, HZSM-5, CaO, Al2O3, FeOOH and Ca(OH)2) on the generation, migration, transformation and escaping behaviours of typical gaseous pollutants in the pyrolysis process were studied by vacuum pyrolysis experiments on epoxy resin powder from waste printed circuit boards with tube furnace...
18/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Results of fibre and toner flotation depending on oleic acid dosage

The literature was reviewed with respect to deinking flotation methods with toner samples, specifically emphasizing the speciation of copy machine and laser printing, which produce an increasing quantity of paper that is difficult to recycle. Speciation here refers to the physical-chemical characteristics of the toner, which change because of the polymerization (fusion) and oxidation process, due to exposure to heat, light and oxygen (air) during the printing process...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com

Towards more sustainable management of European food waste: Methodological approach and numerical application

Trying to respond to the latest policy needs, the work presented in this article aims at developing a life-cycle based framework methodology to quantitatively evaluate the environmental and economic sustainability of European food waste management options...
15/08/16|05:10 -- wmr.sagepub.com


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