Save the Planet
Keeping pace with the latest environmental issues and one month till its eighth edition, the South-East European ‘Save the Planet’ Conference and Exhibition will be held on 7-9 in Sofia.
The Conference Program is already released and will focus on the key priority for the whole EU community - the building of a green, circular and competitive economy. The representative from the Directorate General for Environment will talk about the progress made so far in closing the loop of design, production, consumption and waste management, about the challenges and opportunities that the circular economy presents to the EU and to Bulgaria. The presentation will elaborate on the new initiatives in 2017, including on the role of waste-to-energy and on green finance.
Session ITALY, organized by ICE - Italian Trade Agency, Sofia Office is an essential part in the forthcoming SEE Conference with a participation of italian companies in waste management and recycling sector, that are also exhibiting in the parallel exhibition.
Dutch Circular Developments will be presented by Herman Huisman from the RWS Environment. The Netherlands is quite successful in waste management: 80% of our total waste is being recycled, 17% is incinerated to produce energy, and only 3% is landfilled.
The project coordinator of the Bulgarian Association of Municipal Environmental Experts will talk about best Bulgarian and international practices as successful examples for circular economy initiatives within the Framework of the Project CESME – Circular Economy for the SMEs, Funded by INTERREG EUROPE Programme.
The afternoon session will start with Sofia municipality expert who will deliver speech on ‘Sofia - among the best examples of cities in the Region through the establishment and operation of an integrated system for waste management.
‘Biogas production of active sludge in wastewater treatment plants’ will be presented by Stefanie Scheidl from European Biogas Association. In his presentation she will speak on anaerobic digestion (AD) as a well-established technology for sewage sludge treatment as 10,000 digesters are already implemented at waste water treatment plants (WWTP). The number of biogas plants in Europe increased to 17,376 in 2015 (+3%). Sewage sludge is the second most-used feedstock of biogas production in Europe representing 16%. AD of sewage sludge presents multiple advantages: energy generation (additional income for operators of WWTP), sewage sludge stabilisation (less pathogens, weeds, biological activity and odours), reduced dry matter content (reduced dried sludge volume and improved dewatering efficiency) and an improved fertilisation capacity of the resulting sludge.
Exhibitors from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Italy, South Korea and Switzerland will display their technology and solutions.
• Collective participation of Italian firms with the support of the Sofia office of ICE - the Agency for the promotion and internationalization of Italian companies
• Austrian Pavilion, with the promotional support of Advantage Austria, Sofia