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Exhibition and Conference on Energy Efficiency & Renewables, Smart Cities for South-East Europe, 5-7 April 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria, Organizer: Via Expo

EE & RE and Smart Cities 2016 provide new approaches on how to design and transform energy systems and cities in South-East Europe into sustainable environment. For foreign companies intending to enter the emerging regional market, both events are a cost-efficient way to showcase their technologies and to collect qualified prospects with key industry players from the industrial, commercial and public sectors in the Region. The format ‘exhibition-conference’ creates the best B2B environment for a beneficial performance.
The countries, no matter if EU members or future ones  use funding from European Funds and National Programs for investments in energy and city infrastructure, utilization of renewables and improving energy efficiency. For example, Bulgaria will invest in these sectors funding from OP Regions in Growth, OP Innovations and Competitiveness, OP Transport and Transport Infrastructure (2014-2020) which totally amounts to EUR 4,59 billion.  
If you are interested to become one of the exhibitors, take advantage of
the Early Bird registration until 1 October 2015 and get the most out of the following preferences: 
 10% discount on the exhibition area 
 Better stand location
 Targeted e-mail shot with information about company activity, products and services
Logo in the exhibition e-catalogue
 Free logo on the webpage with exhibition floor plan
∙ Advertising materials at the exhibition registration desk
A lot of international and regional organizations and media support the event.  We are proud to present some of them.
Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE in an exclusive interview sheds light on new updates on the energy efficiency issue on a European level and shares its recommendations on how the SEE countries can speed up the implementation of energy saving measures.
For the first time an expert from the International Geothermal Association will take part in the EE & RE Conference. The authoritative Spanish magazine Futur Energy has joined among the media partners. 
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Interview with Adrian Joyce, EuroACE 
Mr. Joyce, what is the latest news from Brussels about the new requirements on public buildings?
Public buildings represent an interesting entry point for stimulating more energy efficiency renovations and the use of public money for such works represents real value for money as everyone using public building benefits directly from their upgrading.  For this reason, EU Policy targets public buildings as front runners in the drive to increase the energy performance of all buildings in the EU. A recent important moment in the field of public buildings occurred on the 19th July, when the threshold for public buildings that must display energy performance certificates and that must be included in the inventory of central government buildings that should be renovated at a rate of 3% per year was lowered significantly from 500m² to 250m².  However, despite the well-known economic stimulus that starting with public buildings can bring and the well-documented multiple benefits that arise, there is still not enough being done on the ground because the implementation of EU Directives
by the various Member States of both the Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives is not being pursued with enough ambition.  We, here at EuroACE, therefore believe that
a stronger governance approach is needed to ensure effective and timely implementation of EU legislation in the Member States as this will lead, among other things, to the unlocking of the potential tied up in public buildings.
What effect do you expect from the planned review of certain parts of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and from the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)?
In short, we hope to see the emergence of a more ambitious and coherent EU regulatory framework for buildings that will focus more on the existing building stock and thus help the EU and its Member States move towards a more efficient use of energy in buildings.  To read the full interview  click here

The International Geothermal Association (IGA), founded in 1988, is a scientific, educational and cultural organization established to operate worldwide. It has more than 5,000 members in over 65 countries. The IGA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization. The objectives of the IGA are to encourage research, the development and utilization of geothermal resources worldwide through the publication of scientific and technical information among the geothermal specialists, the business community, governmental representatives, UN organizations, civil society and the general public.
FuturENERGY publishes 10 issues a year, providing full coverage of everything going on in the energy sector. With a flexible editorial program, completely adaptable to cover all areas of interest: from production with renewable sources (wind, biomass, marine energy, 
geothermal, and naturally solar, whether thermal, photovoltaic or solar thermal), to energy efficiency, whether in industry or building: cogeneration, trigeneration and microgeneration, efficient and sustainable construction as well as energy management and refurbishment. Smart Cities are also examined in depth, as is everything to do with them (district heating & cooling, sustainable mobility, etc.). 
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