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Dear Sir/Madam,
 
The countries in South-East Europe, no matter they are EU members or future ones, are aiming in becoming a part of the European green society observing the 3 R's  hierarchy.
 
In the Region there are good investment opportunities, as the focus is moving on the prevention and recycling, which requires renewal of collection systems, construction of sorting-, separation-, recycling- and composting installations, as well as the utilization of biogas from landfills.
 
In line with the market demand ‘Save the Planet’ 2014 (Exhibition and Conference) will boost the industry sector in SE Europe
 
We are very glad to announce that Austria is a supporting Partner of ‘Save the Planet’. The Austrian advanced environmental experience will be demonstrated at a special showcase.
 
The Conference program is tailored to the needs of the attendees and will keep them abreast with the latest industry development.  A special highlight is the European Conference Day ‘Best Practices in Waste/Resource Management among the EU 28’, organized in a collaboration with ACR+ and ENEP.
 
In this issue of our newsletter we are introducing the Austrian achievements and the activity of ACR+ (event partner).
 
Have a nice reading,
 
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Austrian Environmental Know-how and Technologies at ‘Save the Planet’ 2014
 
Austria is at the forefront of a wide range of technologies that are addressing the need to protect the environment and help us all be sustainable. Success in "green technologies" has helped Austrian companies to develop an excellent worldwide reputation. The eco-industry generates annual revenues of EUR 10.6 billion and employs a workforce of about 87.000 people.
 
The environmental industry’s contribution to Austria’s nominal GDP amounted to 1% in 1993, in 2007 this contribution already increased to 2.2% and has been growing steadily since then. Austria is in second place in the EU as regards the share of the eco-industry as a percentage of GDP. Surveys show, that domestic entrepreneurs see the biggest market potentials in the energy and waste management sectors.
 
The export quota of the environmental sector amounts to about 65%. Austrian technologies and know-how could be found worldwide. Regions where Austrian companies help to provide clean water for the population are amongst others North Africa, South Asia and CEE.
 
Around 800 operations are involved in waste collection and treatment in Austria. The industry plays a leading role on the world stage. Technologies covering the collection, crushing and treatment of waste but also strategies to avoid waste are deployed worldwide. Permanent innovations in e.g. machinery, waste incineration and services like municipal waste strategies help the sector to stay competitive on an international level.
 
Several Austrian companies in different areas of environmental technology have already invested and are active in Bulgaria. The collaboration of the two countries also on an institutional level has been going on for several years. Regular delegations who visited Bulgaria show the high interest of Austrian companies in the Bulgarian market.
 
The next opportunity for direct meeting will be the “South-East European Exhibition & Forum on Waste Management & Recycling, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy”.
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The Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+)
 
ACR+ is an international network of cities and regions who share the aim of promoting smart resource consumption and sustainable management of municipal waste through prevention at source, reuse and recycling. Created in 1994 in Pamplona, the association gathers nearly 100 members across 23 countries, mainly local and regional authorities, as well as national networks of local authorities, representing approximately 1400 municipalities.
 
The organization allows its members to stay in close contact with events and discussions held at the European level, and gives them the opportunity to exchange information and experiences through studies, technical reports, newsletters, conferences and seminars.
 
ACR+ is also involved in several European projects such as Pre-waste (Interreg IVC) or Miniwaste (Life) or the European Week for Waste Reduction. The association’s recent initiatives include the ACR+ EPR Club, a platform for exchange and debate about extended producer responsibility in Europe; the ACR+ Observatory, focusing on the challenges of waste statistics at local and regional level; and the ACR+MED network, promoting sustainable waste and resource management in the Mediterranean region.
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I am Interested:

·         as an Exhibitor
·         as an Attendee
·         in Promotional Opportunities
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