Via Expo, SEEIM - issue 1, 2012



The South-East European Forum will present the latest green technologies

28-30 March 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria

The ‘green wave‘ will not pass South-East Europe. The energy efficiency, renewable energy and waste sectors in the Region are in need of expertise and technology. In view of the global changes, the South-East European Exhibition and Congress will outline good business opportunities in this part of Europe and promote best environmental practices, the implementation of which will decarbonise the local economy.

Over 50 % of the exhibition area is covered by foreign participants from Austria, Belgium, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA etc. The organizer Via Expo expects over 7 000 professional visitors to get involved.

More than 80 top-level speakers from 18 countries will give their perspectives on financial, technological and trade opportunities in the green economy and engage delegates in stimulating discussions. EE & RES Financing, Biomass Resources, Bio Energy, Waste-to-Energy, Energy Efficiency, Waste Management and Recycling are the program highlights.

28 March


•Framework Conditions Necessary for Renewables and Efficiency

•Fiscal Incentives Working against and for Resource Efficiency

•Renewable Energy & Environmental Program

•Are PV Installation Already Feasible Without FIT?

Arranging Construction & Development Project Financing (Debt and Equity)

•Debt or equity available to development companies in the Balkans.

•How can public markets satisfy some of the need for construction debt and equity?

•What impact has the Sovereign debt crisis had on bank project finance lending?

•Trade finance answers many early stage project finance issues - what is available?

•How has Chinese entrance into the market affected financial terms?

Arranging Debt and Equity for Operational Projects and Assets such as Existing Buildings

•How Can One Utilize Existing Cash Flow to Modernize Dssets? How Much Lverage is Possible and What is the Maximum Term?

•To which extent can energy efficiency projects be financed on the basis of future savings? Which collateral structures are feasible?

•What can go wrong in an operating asset and how to solve those problems?

•Do bank credit lines from IFIs and governments work or not - some practical examples

•Why is energy efficiency a failure all over the world - or is it?

•Financing energy efficient in buildings: the role of Governments in scaling markets

•Improving Energy Efficiency in Industry by Long Term Agreements, a collaborative approach

29 March


•What New European Policies to Reach the 20% Energy Efficiency Target?

•What is Energy Efficiency Watch (EEW2)?

•Energy Efficiency Watch: How to Trigger Best Practice Policies?

•Good Practices and Lessons Learned from the Concerted Action on the Implementation of the Energy Services Directive

•Energy Efficiency in the Dutch Built Environment

•Understanding People Rather than Barriers: the Key to Sound Energy Policies

•The Benefits of RES DE and the Best Practices for its Effective Regulation

•District Heating and Cooling as a Way to Achieve Higher Energy Efficiency

•Current Status and Future Perspectives of the Bulgarian Energy Efficiency

•Engineering for Reduction of Energy Costs, Released through a Contract with Guaranteed Result (ESCO) - anti-crisis measure

•Austrian Energy Efficiency Policy and Programs with a Focus on SME

•Austrian Experience in Energy Efficiency Implementation in Industry - results

•Energy Retrofitting of Multifamily Houses and the EU Program Regional Development

•Renewable Energy Sources Manager In Buildings: Control and Monitoring

29 March

PV DISCUSSION - Future Opportunities and Risks

•European markets - Do current markets meet expectations?

•Grid Parity / Incentive Parity / Generation Parity - What happens after subsidies?

•Accelerating the adoption of photovoltaics - What role will the consumer play?

•Consolidation of the photovoltaic industry - How to survive?

•Optimizing procurement - How to distribute photovoltaics?

•Traditional solar firms versus new entrants - Who will lead the game?


•The Role of Biomass in EU27 to Meet the 2020 Targets for Heat, Electricity & Transport

•Enhancing the Market Relevance of Alternative (mixed) Biomass Pellets in Europe

•Åcological and Economic Optimization of Future Biogas Plants

•Modelling Approach of Bioenergy Development in Germany under Competition

•Pelleting of biomass, fuel from waste and coal. Grinding of tyres and woodchips. Recent projects of Amandus Kahl, outlook and impact on the Balkan market

•Biomass Potential for Future Investments in Serbia, Macedonia, Bosna & Croatia

•The Growth of Biodiesel Production in Central and Eastern Europe

•Agropellets Potential

•Energy Crops Optimization Selection Process for the Commercial Production of Bio-Fuels

•Biomass Mobilization for Industrial - Scale Bioenergy Plants

•European Biogas Initiative

28 March


•Financing of Waste Management

•PPPs Eastern Europe

•Comparing Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities

•Bulgarian Industrial Association - Legislation & Main Issues in Waste Management in Bulgaria

Workshop: Italian Integrated Waste Management Experience - organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

Round Table with Municipality representatives


•The Role of Policies in GHG Emission Reduction from Waste Case Study of Developed and Developing Country.

•Sustainability Gaps in MSW-landfills

•Landfilling in Denmark - Legal Framework and Good Practices

•Environmental Compatibility of Landfills - a Method to Evaluate Landfill Long-term management

•Sustainable Landfills under the EU Concept

•Purification of Landfill Leachate Based on Membrane Technology and Controlled Infiltration of Retentate

29 March


•The role of Waste-to-Energy plants in sustainable waste management and energy supply

•Development of Waste to Energy Infrastructure in the UK - Opportunities and Challenges

•Recent Trends and Future Challenges in the Control of Flue Gas Emissions and Residues Management in WtE Plants

•Recycling and Recovery of Energy from Municipal Wastes - Recommendations based on 50 years of experience in Austria

•Decentralized Recovery of Energy from Biogenic Waste for Small and Medium-sized Municipalities and Industries

•WtE technologies in Japan


•Introduction to ESWET and comparison of grate-firing technology with other options

•Waste-to-Energy in the light of Waste Framework Directive: The efficient thermal treatment process of waste materials, based on the EU Waste Directive

•Waste-to-Energy emissions and air quality

•Waste-to-Energy and District Heating: Case Study of Bologna


30 March


•European Overview of Waste Prevention: Global Challenges of Waste Prevention, European Legal Context, Overview of Good Practices and Initiatives in Europe

•Integrated Approach for Waste Prevention in Nantes

•Strategies and Campaigns for Food Waste Prevention in North London

•Waste Prevention and Sustainable Consumption

•Elaborating a Waste Prevention Plan for Sofia City


•Legal Instruments to Push Forward Recycling

•Fully Automated Municipal Solid Waste Sorting

•European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services

•Overview about Mineral Recycling and Construction Industry

•Recycling and Metal Scrap Processing in Austria: Challenges for Europe towards Improvement in Energy and Resource Efficiency

•Paper recycling

•PRO EUROPE Experience in the Packages Recycling Sector - Best Practices and Challenges