Exhibition and Conference for SE Europe Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Section 2021, IEC, Sofia / Postponed: seeSUSTAINtec 2020

How Bulgaria can use the Austrian “Small and Enough” principle in its sustainable development?


Interview with Ulrike Straka, Commercial Advisor at the Austrian Embassy

Ms. Straka, for the 11th consecutive year the Austrian pavilion of seeSUSTAINtec2020 will present eco-innovations from Austrian companies. Why should we invest in them?
Austria is at the forefront of technologies that help protect the environment and improve sustainability - waste management, recycling, energy efficiency, renewable energy, air pollution technologies, and water management.

Whether it is a family business with traditions or start-ups, there are many companies in Austria with high prestige and strong market presence around the world. For Austria, whose 5% of GDP is generated by the tourism industry, the Nature's Protection topic is not only a modern and up-to-date issue, but a problem that has been working for years and we are creating new products and technologies.

At the Austrian Pavilion and the Advantage Austria‘s booth, I would like to invite anyone with an interest in energy efficiency and waste management. The Austrian companies will present screening machines, vibroconveyors and magnetic separators, on board weighing and identification systems, biomass boilers, heating systems.

In 2020, we introduced a new accents in the exhibition - clean air. This is a great challenge for Bulgaria. According to you, which measures will be the most efficient?
To solve the problems with the air quality a complex of actions should be taken in the following areas: heating, industry and transport.

I would also like to emphasize the possibilities for a staff qualification upgrade in the municipal and state structures, as it has the power to implement different measures.

Continuous investment is needed in district heating systems, small RES installations, biomass thermal power plants and the use of geothermal energy.

Minimizing energy losses is the great opportunity for Bulgaria to improve its energy intensity. In this context, a logical step is the continuation and extension of the building renovation program.

The transport also contributes to air pollution. Stimulation of people to leave their cars, regular, accessible and large-scale urban transport, bike lanes, bicycle parking – all these measures will make sense. Targeted advertising campaigns are needed to raise public awareness - events, initiatives involving students, etc.

Do you see any positive changes in Bulgaria and what can our country borrow from Austria to accelerate its sustainable development?
There are projects that can serve as а benchmark in hydro power and public transport. Of course, there are many interesting projects in Austria that can be implemented. In these cases, the use of the 'copy & paste' approach is incorrect, as all local factors must be taken into account.

А good example is the cogeneration and small-scale biomass district heating plants that work in many municipalities in Austria. In this way, Austria avoids the problem of the electricity grid, which exists between North and South Germany. In Austria, the plants are small, easy to maintain, and not many regions are affected when the plant is shut down. Rather, it works with the motto "Small and Enough" / "Klein aber fein".

Unlike Austria, Bulgaria has a huge potential in the utilization of geothermal energy. А missed opportunity is the non-use of this valuable resource for residential heating (schools, kindergartens, greenhouses).

Austria has stated its intention to be the first carbon-neutral country by 2040. Can you please mention some of the steps to achieve this goal?
Among the steps is a special tax reform, based on environmental criteria and measures. Lower taxes will encourage environmentally friendly behavior and thus have a positive impact on both citizens and businesses.

Serious investments are also envisaged to expand public transport, incl. the rail network, as well as attractive ticket prices. Specific measures will be created and communicated in the coming years.











 

Related Content "Energy Efficiency & Renewables 2021" :
  • Energy solutions by Djadadji
  • The latest biomass heating technologies represented by Enerstena, Lithuania
  • Interview with Mr.Tomas Rimkus, Sales Director, Enerstena
  • Energy Management with ElectriQube
  • Innovative photovoltaic panels by Tatung
  • Interview with Mr. Nikolay Dzhabirov – Sales manager
  • Systems for resource and energy efficiency from QuattroGi
  • Interview with Mr. Todor Spasov, Industrial Equipment Manager, Eltrak Bulgaria
  • Amandus Kahl’s systems for pellet production from wood, straw, sunflower husks and domestic waste
  • Interview with Mr. Mihail Kostadinov, Managing Director, Filter Ltd., Bulgaria
  • Comfort with Swedish heat pump systems – NIBE
  • Interview with Mr. Mihail Kostadinov, Managing Director, Filter OOD, Bilgaria.
  • Interview with Mr. Anton Voynovski , manager HERZ Armatura EOOD – Official representative of HERZ for Bulgaria
  • EuroACE and its EPBD Workshops Summary Booklet
  • Biogas plants in Bulgaria
  • IEA’s report Trends in photovoltaic applications 2016
  • The Electricity System Operator (ESO EAD) operational data for period 1.01 – 01.05. 2016 г.
  • Bulgaria is among the EU countries with the highest growth of CO2 in energy sector
  • The New Solutions in Intelligent Energy and Cities
  • Cost-effective solutions for bio waste at EE & RE and Save the Planet 2016
  • Bulgaria welcomes advanced technologies for sustainable energy, cities and waste management
  • Ambitermo aims to be recognized in Bulgaria as a leading manufacturer of boilers and energy systems
  • There is a window of opportunities for geothermal energy in Bulgaria
  • ‘MARTIN GmbH is interested to participate in the project of Sofia Municipality’
  • Interview with Oliver Loebel, Speaker at EE & RE Conference and Managing Director of PU Europe
  • Steam turbines MARC® will be presented in Bulgaria
  • ‘We are responsible for introducing our partners and customers to all that’s new in the line of production’ – Todor Spasov, Eltrak Bulgaria Ltd.
  • Haiteck Ltd. will Showcase Pellets with High Caloric Value
  • Increasing Interest in Metechno Energy Saving Panels
  • SE Europe Needs Sustainable Energy and Urban Solutions
  • The Drop of PV's Prices Discovers Numerous New Applications of the Solar Energy
  • The most suitable equipment for Bulgaria are agricultural biogas plants due to the country’s large percentage of agricultural area
  • ‘We hope to see the emergence of a more ambitious and coherent EU regulatory framework for buildings’
  • Exhibitors and speakers from 22 countries will participate in the SE European Forum 2015
  • Key role of bioenergy in the future renewable growth in Bulgaria
  • BIO ENERGY – AT THE HEART OF FUTURE RENEWABLE ENERGY GROWTH
  • WIN-WIN FORUM
  • Registration for the Energy Efficiency, RE and Smart Cities Conference is open till 28 Feb
  • 2020 Edition

    Under the Auspices of:

    Long-term Supporting Partner


     

    In Partnership with:

    Official Media Partner :