Sofia, Bulgaria — From 5th to 7th March the Bulgarian capital Sofia hosted the annual Forum and Exhibitions „Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy“ (EE & RE), „Save the Planet“ (waste management and recycling), „Smart Cities“ (intelligent buildings, lighting, energy storage, ICT and mobility) and „LiftBalkans“ (elevators and escalators). 3.900 specialists from 38 countries visited the „South-East European Eco Forum & Exhibitions“.
The 2014 edition presented concrete solutions for energy independence and savings; intelligent buildings and transport; resource efficiency by waste utilization – a „golden thread“ that connects the economy and its sustainable development, making the business and community more environment-friendly. No doubt, these topics will be among the strategic priorities for the South-East European countries in the next years.
The aim of the event is to popularize new projects, policies and practices, as well as to transfer up-to date green technologies to the Region. Strong international presence, great communication networks and parallel initiatives approved it as one of the prominent events gathering local and foreign suppliers, buyers, experts and also state administration representatives.
Exhibitors from 20 countries
Among the important reasons for participating in the 2014 edition are „attracting new customers“, „new product presentations“ and „brand image enhancement“. One of the most eye-catching presence was the Austrian Pavilion within 17 companies demonstrated their advanced technology and know-how.
108 direct exhibitors from 20 countries – Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.
„Lots of knowledge and good practices have been developed over the past years and it is crucial to share and capitalize on this expertise. It has been one of the core activities of ACR+ for the past 20 years and it is also the purpose of ‚Save the Planet‘ to bring experts from various horizons altogether for a greater, greener future“, commented Francoise Bonnet, Secretary General, Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management, Belgium
Over 50 percent of the exhibitors were from abroad. 43 percent of the companies participated for the first time. 44 percent of the exhibitors will participate again in 2015.
The program included high-level discussions of different aspects: legislation, current and future challenges and case studies. Experts called for more collaboration and constructive dialogue between decision makers. 46 speakers from all over Europe participated in the Forum.
The next South-East European Eco Forum & Exhibitions will take place on 11-13 March 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Source: Via Expo