South-East European Forum Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Waste Management, Recling, Environment: Post Event Report 2012

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The positive feedback from speakers, exhibitors, visitors and attendees give a proof of the real success of the South-East European Forum held from 28 till 30 March 2012 in IEC, Sofia, Bulgaria. It …

The positive feedback from speakers, exhibitors, visitors and attendees give a proof of the real success of the South-East European Forum held from 28 till 30 March 2012 in IEC, Sofia, Bulgaria. It incorporated: SEE Solar (Solar PV & Thermal Exhibition), EE and RE (Exhibition and Congress on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) and 'Save the Planet' (Conference and Exhibition on Waste Management, Recycling & Environment).

Despite the difficulties in these sectors, the organizer reported 20% growth in the number of exhibitors. ‘Impressive was the share of the foreign companies - over 60% of the participants. This fact confirms that the South-East Europen region is an attractive market for investors.’ - says Maya Kristeva, CEO of Via Expo.

Visitors had the opportunity to see the latest products, provided by 412 direct exhibitors and represented companies from 33 countries in 4 halls.

Ivo Duerr from the International Trade Show Agency, Vienna, organizer of the Austrian Pavilion, is plannig a wider participation in 2013 and gave a positive feedback: 'Our exhibitors from the Austrian Pavilion were all in all very satisfied with the show! EE & RE and 'Save the Planet' are - no doupt - the most important platforms for the fields of renewable energy and environment technology for the whole region, not only Bulgaria. Experts from whole Europe meet specialists from SEE and inform and discuss about solutions and latest technlogies to save energy and our environment. A very successful mixture!'

REC Solar is a traditional exhibitor and Mrs. Kerstin Schmidt considered the Bulgarian market as a good target for the company, which has managed successfully the brand all over the world.

Delegates in the parallel Congress and Conference debated on the latest developments, problems and solutions related to green energy and environment. The accent in the program was the session, dedicated to waste-to-energy, organized by the European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology.
New initiatives within the event were: Seminar ‘American experience in RE and EE’, Austria Showcase 'Environmental Technologies' and European b2b Matchmaking Event in the Field of Waste Management, Recycling & Environment.

Next event will take place in Sofia from 29 to 31 May 2013. Among the exhibitors, which already confirmed participating again, are: Global Wind Power, Polytechnik, Sputnik Engineering AG (Solarmax), AUWA Umwelttechnik & Recycling eU, Diehl Ako Stiftung & CO. KG, ect. The highlight in the agenda of the Congress will be the smart energy storage.

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  • 1. SOUTH-EAST EUROPEAN FORUM POST EVENT REPORT 2012 Next Edition: 29-31 May 2013, IEC, Sofia, Bulgaria The event is one of the prominent b2b eco initiatives in the Region of South-East Europe. It established itself as a platform for setting up new partnerships between governmental and local policy makers, investors, business executives, representatives of SOLAR PV & THERMAL branch associations. Exhibition The positive feedback from speakers, exhibitors, visitors and attendees give a proof of the real success of the event held from 28 till 30 March 2012 in IEC, Sofia, Bulgaria. The 8th Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Congress and ENERGY EFFICIENCY & Exhibition and the 1st SEE Solar RENEWABLE ENERGY Exhibition brought together Congress & Exhibition leading experts to network and discuss the related hot issues and perspectives for the region of South-East Europe. The 3rd edition of the Conference and Exhibition on Waste Management, Recycling and Environment ‘Save the Planet’ WASTE MANAGEMENT encouraged the know-how and RECYCLING & technology transfer to the ENVIRONMENT Regional market where advanced Conference & Exhibition companies can find plenty of business opportunities.
  • 2. Solar PV & Thermal Systems, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Waste Management, Recycling & EnvironmentEXHIBITIONS 20% increase of the number of participants compared to 2011 12 % growth in the exhibition space compared to 2011 Austrian and USA Pavilions; Group Participations within projects, financed by EU funds 412 companies from 33 countries (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia,Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, FYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel,Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands,Turkey, UK and the USA ) 51 % of the exhibitors (direct and represented) were from Central and Western Europe, 30 % from Bulgaria, 9 %from South-East Europe, 7 % from Asia and 3 % from the Americas.Exhibitor Profile Renewable Energy and Related Systems; Energy Efficiency; Equipment and Technologies in Industry and Construction; E-Mobility Waste Treatment; Waste Collection; Landfilling; Composting; Transport Vehicles; Waste-to-Energy; Recycling Systems and TechnologiesVisitors - 5750 professionals from Bulgaria and 46 other countriesby Region 52 % from Sofia 28 % from the Interior of Bulgaria 20 % 20 % from Abroad (from South-East Europe: Albania, Croatia, Cyprus, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo, 52 % Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey; from the rest of Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, 28 % Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands and UK; from Asia: China, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, South Korea; from Africa: Egypt, South African Republic; from the Americas: Brazil, Canada and the USA.by Activity by Position by Days Venue - 4 halls & outdoor area HALL 6 39 % Services 61 % Manager 45 % 2nd Day HALL 5 26 % Manufacture 19 % Expert 33 % 1st Day HALL 2 HALL 4 18 % Trade 13 % Marketing, Sales 22 % 3rd Day HALL 1 OURDOOR HALL 3 11 % Import 7% Other AREA 6% ExportVisitor ProfileAgriculture; Chemical Industry; Construction, Architecture; Consulting, Ecology (Waste Management & Recycling);Electronics; Power Engineering; Energy-Saving Technologies; Finance; Food Industry; Investment; Machine Buildingand Metallurgy; Packaging; Renewable Energy; State and Municipality Administration and Tourism.Partners
  • 3. Next Edition: 29-31 May 2013, IEC, Sofia, BulgariaCONGRESS & CONFERENCESpeakers85 speakers from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Denmark,France, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland,Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, UK and the USAProgram Highlights Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Financing Waste Management Energy Efficiency Energy Recovery Biomass Resources; Bioenergy Waste Prevention and RecyclingAttendees - 552 Specialists from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americasby Activity by Position by Region 13% 56 % Services 40 % Manager 46 % from Sofia 26 % Manufacture 31 % Expert 41 % from Abroad 46% 8% Import 20 % Marketing, Sales 13 % from the Interior 41% 6% Trade 9% Other of Bulgaria 4% ExportPARALLEL EVENTS Austria Showcase ‘Environmental Technologies’, Commercial Section to the Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria European b2b Matchmaking Event in the Field of Waste Management, Recycling & Environment,organised by Enterprise Europe Network U.S. Showcase on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Commercial Service in Bulgaria ESWET Session: The Experience of the European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology Italian Integrated Waste Management Experience Workshop: Green Business Network in the BSEC region, BSEC Business Council and EOMMEX Info Day about the EU Project ‘Install+RES’ Round Table with municipality representatives Bulgarian Eco Municipality CompetitionPROMOTIONMany branch associations partnered the event thus contributing to its high recognition in 43 countriesmainly from Europe but also in the Americas and Asia. Targeted for South-East Europe, the Forum wasattended by trade visitors and municipal representatives from the Region countries due to the activesupport of: BSEC, UBCCE, associations and chambers in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYRMacedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.Vast promotional campaign was carried out in 20 countries. 50 journalists from Bulgaria and abroadattended the forum. The event was covered in more than 260 international and national media: dailies,weekly newspapers, news agencies, TV and Radio stations, websites and specialized magazines.Media Partners
  • 4. TESTIMONIALS‘Our exhibitors from the Austrian Pavilion were all in all very satisfied with the show! EE & RES and ’Savethe Planet’ are - no doupt - the most important platforms for the fields of renewable energy andenvironment technology for the whole region, not only Bulgaria. Experts from whole Europe meetspecialists from SEE and inform and discuss about solutions and latest technlogies to save energy and ourenvironment. A very successful mixture! So we are planning to enlarge the Austrian participation in 2013.’Ivo Duerr, International Trade Show Agency, Vienna, Organizer of the Austrian Pavilion‘Thank you for doing such a great job with the event. Look forward to next year.’ David Sweet, WorldAssociation for Decentralized Energy (WADE), USA‘I would like once again to express my warm congratulations for organizing such a great event, with animpressive participation.’ Ambassador Traian Chebeleu, Organization of the Black Sea EconomicCooperation (BSEC), Turkey‘I found the expo very enlightening and am sharing this information with other organizations that I workwith.’ Colleen Lehner, European Quality Association for Recycling, Germany‘The conference and exhibition were very well organised. There were high quality presentations, excellentexhibitions and interesting discussions from a wide range of people from organisations around the world.Thank you for this very productive conference and exhibition.’ Dr. Chindarat Taylor, Resource EfficiencyPathway, UK‘You provided the efficient and flexible services better than I have seen in any conference, all with heartfeltkindness and warmth that gave me overall a very good impression.’ Guillaume Perron-Piché, EuropeanSuppliers of Waste to Energy Technology (ESWET), Belgium‘I met a lot colleagues and representatives from both private companies and public organizations. Thankyou very much for your perfect organization! Dr. Peter Hodecek, AVE Energie AG Oberösterreich UmweltGmbH, Austria’The participation in the Congress enabled us to exchange experience on the problems of the variousstakeholders involved in the chain of production and consumption of renewable energy.’Denitsa Pandeva, Bulgarian Executive Forestry Agency‘We are glad that we achieved our objectives. It is very important for us to participate in such majorinitiatives related to the energy efficiency because we are convinced that ETEM has a key role in this sectorin Bulgaria.’ Mr. Bulionis, ETEM Bulgaria‘There was significant interest in the products of Hill & Smith from companies from Croatia, Italy, Romania,Czech Republic and Serbia, which contributed to the creation of useful contacts in these countries. Mostof the companies, working in the renewable energy sector in Bulgaria, participated in the exhibiton. Thisenabled us to maintain the already established business relationships. ’Julia Koleva, Hill & Smith, Bulgaria