Energy Efficiency & Renewables 27 – 29.03.2018
Energy Efficiency & Renewables 27 – 29.03.2018

Final Press Release of the South-East European Energy Efficiency & Renewables (ЕЕ & RE), ‘Save the Planet’ and ‘Smart Cities’ Conferences & Exhibitions 2017 of Via Expo

2017-03-28 09:55:54

For the 13th time in a row EE & RE, ‘Save the Planet‘ (Waste Management & Recycling), ‘Smart Cities‘ Conferences and Exhibitions showcased the latest useful solutions and technologies for sustainable development and ecology as well as for various industries and households.

Konstantin Delisivkov - the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Energy, Krasimir Zhivkov - the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Environment and Water, Violeta Komitova - the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works and Atanas Koundourdjiev - the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Health opened the Forum. The event was under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and Sofia Municipality.
H.E. Alberto Trueba - Ambassador of Argentina in Bulgaria, Cinzia Bruno - Director of ICE Sofia Office; Venceslava Yanchovska - Manager of Innovation Norway Sofia and Traian Chebeleu - Deputy Secretary General of BSEC also welcomed the participants.

41 speakers from 11 countries delivered presentations with a practical focus within the specialized Conferences.
Session on geothermal energy
was held in EE & RE Conference. The utilization of geothermal energy in Balkan countries was presented by Robert Gavriliuch, European Geothermal Council. There are numerous financing sources for the development of geothermal systems: Horizon 2020, Cohesion Funds, the European Regional Development Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Juliet Newson from the International Geothermal Association spoke on the essence and need to develop geothermal systems for district heating networks. The situation in Bulgaria was presented by Vasil Kolikovski from Bulgarian Heat Pump Association.
The Argentine Ambassador in Bulgaria submitted a paper on the priorities of Argentina, following the target:  20% of the consumed energy in the country must be produced from renewable sources by 2025.
George Chavdarov, European Investment Bank announced ways to co-finance sustainable energy projects from EU Funds. He emphasized on the opportunities that JASPERS offers and for projects with lower investment threshold. The package Smart and clean energy was introduced to the audience by Anna Dimitrova, EURELECTRIC expert.

Innovation Norway Sofia realized Round table on the topic of ‘e-Health Enigma’ within the 5th edition of the ‘Smart Cities’ Conference.
Nayden Shivarov from the Bulgarian Ministry of Health emphasized that ‘the National Health Information System is a central point to which the components of e-Health in Bulgaria will be integrated. Anne Torill Nordsletta, Norwegian Centre for E-health Research shared the successful Norwegian experience and practices: citizens with easy and secure access to digital services in parallel to the well-worked-out national governance structure.

Nuria De Lama, Deputy General Secretary of the European Big Data Association informed about the concept of the intelligent city as a new business model. The presentation focused on some of the current initiatives at European level that have been undertaken for the creation of a single digital market.
Smart city solutions that govern urban resources were presented by John Lagogiannis, Intracom Telecom, Greece. The company has already implemented a pilot project in the Greek municipality Ilioupoli. Mr. Lagogiannis commented: "We are extremely satisfied that we can offer and provide the SEE municipalities decisions that a few years ago would have sounded like science fiction”.

The concept of circular economy was considered within the 8th Conference ‘Save the Planet’. 65% of municipal waste must be recycled in the Member States by 2030 and landfill to be reduced to 10% of municipal waste. Rozalina Petrova from DG Environment commented that we should adopt national instruments to stimulate recycling. The idea of circular economy is the waste to become a resource for production.

Session ITALY, organized by Sofia Office of ICE - Italian Trade Agency, covered topics such as mobile composting; microwave pyrolysis of discarded tires; innovative technologies for closed-loop system of waste - energy - compost - food; sustainable treatment of sludge and wastewater. The participating companies were Apiesse Srl, CAF Scril, Idro Group, Ladurner Ambiente and Hydro Italia Srl.

Nikolay Mihaylov from Sofia Municipality presented the integrated system of Sofia incl. the facilities for treatment of municipal waste in its three phases. Stefanie Scheidl from European Biogas Association spoke about the benefits of anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge and energy production of it. By 2020 Bulgaria should cease the disposal of sludge from sewage treatment plants and to start using it as a resource.

The presentations provoked interesting discussions with representatives of Bulgarian municipalities and business persons from different industry sectors: ecology, energy, construction, architecture, agriculture, food industry, facility management and utility sector, etc.

Greater part of the presented technologies could be seen in the parallel exhibitions:
74 exhibitors from 14 countries
: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine.
There were displayed machines and technologies for the treatment of various waste; waste recycling; composting facilities; cloud technologies in support of waste management; сogeneration plants; еnergy from waste; biogas plants for the food industry and agriculture, waste-water treatment plants; еnergy management; LED lighting; еnergy efficient heating and cooling systems - heat pumps, biomass boilers; еquipment for heating, air-conditioning and gas installations; systems for the production of pellets from wood, straw, sunflower husks, municipal/household waste; M2M, IoT, wireless technologies; building and home automation; Intelligent transport, fleet management, etc.

There were three collective participations:

  • Italian Pavilion, supported by Sofia Office of ICE - Italian Trade Agency
  • Traditional Austrian Pavilion with the promotional support of Advantage Austria Sofia
  • Norwegian participation, organized by Innovation Norway Sofia.

The exhibitions attracted over 3 000 trade visitors. The share of foreign ones was 17% from 29 countries: Austria, Belgium China, Dubai, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK.














Press Release for "Energy Efficiency & Renewables 27 – 29.03.2018" :
  • Key role of bioenergy in the future renewable growth in Bulgaria
  • Green Technologies - the Golden String between the Economic and Social Development and Climate Change
  • Registration for the Energy Efficiency, RE and Smart Cities Conference is open till 28 Feb
  • Growing international presence at ‘EE & RE’ 2014: Austep, AB Energy, Apricus Solar and Solare Datensysteme have joined the SEE Exhibition
  • NIBE and of Ochsner heat pumps will be presented at the ‘EE & RE’ Exhibition for South-East Europe
  • Intelligent energy technologies will move towards South-East Europe to the sustainable development
  • CPM Europe and Filkab will participate in the ‘Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’ Exhibition 2014
  • District heating and coolingwill drive the sustainable development of cities
  • Renewable heating and cooling has potential in South-East Europe
  • The Intelligent Technologies have their Market in Bulgaria
  • Exeron - a Bulgarian smart solution in the energy sector
  • 10th South-East European Exhibition and Forum on Renewable Energy and Waste Management will Enhance the Role of Bioenergy
  • South-East Europe is on Track to a Sustainable Development
  • BIPV and Smart Buildings Early Bird Fees till 30th April
  • LiftBalkans and Smart Buildings will be the new accents in the 9th Eco Forum & Exhibition for SE Europe (29-31 May 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Advanced Austrian Technologies at the SEE Eco Forum & Exhibition 2013
  • Die grünen Energietechnologien – unnötiger Luxus oder die logische Wahl?
  • Growth of bioenergy sector in SE Europe
  • Is it time to start working for low energy buildings in South-East Europe?
  • Energy Storage Solutions for SE Europe
  • New Accents of the EE & RE Exhibition and Congress for SE Europe
  • Future Trends of PV - opinion of industry experts
  • EE & RE forum for SE Europe - bringing together top industry professionals
  • New SolarMax MT inverter available
  • Smart Buildings – Smart Choice
  • Portal ‘INNOVATION’ - Media Partner of the Eco Forum for SEE
  • Newsleter 1 - Green Energy Upgrade of SE Europe
  • Best green technologies at the 8th South-East European Energy Forum
  • Bio Energy - a Hot Topic of the South-East European Forum on Green Energy and Waste Management
  • The 8th Environmental Forum for South-East Europe will be promoted within the 8th Vienna Economic Event
  • Wind is key to cutting emissions
  • Well-known companies at the South-East European Environmental Forum
  • Wind energy projects in Bulgaria
  • PV projects in Bulgaria
  • Diehl AKO Photovoltaics exhibitor at the South-East European Solar Exhibition
  • SEE Forum on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Waste Management, Recycling and Environment
  • Solar Impulse - a scale-model of the zero fuel airplane at the See Solar
  • Bulgaria is among the European solar PV market leaders
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