Congress of Energy-Efficient Construction and Building Certification during the RENEXPO® Poland in Warsaw

City Brand Energia Odnawialna and REECO Poland Sp. z o.o. would like to invite to the ”Congress of energy-efficient construction and buildings certification”. The second edition of the event will be held in Warsaw on October 21,2016 during the 6 th International

Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ‘RENEXPO Poland 2016’.

For several years now Poland has witnesses a dynamic development of energy-efficient and passive construction. It allows a significant reduction of the cost of building operation, such as electricity, heat or gas consumption. In case of passive construction the cost may be reduced as much as 90% when compared to the standard approach. Such a significant reduction of cost is possible thanks to solutions including i.a.: building shape, high thermal insulation and airtightness and the use of renewable energy sources, as well as internal sources of heat for
heating purposes. It should also be mentioned that one of the most important elements of passive building is to provide a constant supply of fresh air through the mechanical ventilation with a high level of efficiency.

During the event we will also discuss the issue of multi-criteria certification. Investors, developers or tenants increasingly opt for constructions certified with LEED, BREEAM, DGNB,HQE. Currently, there are 437 certified objects in Poland, 80% of which are BREEAM certified.

Such documents are issued for buildings which meet specific requirements for a given program. These are, i.a.: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, water and waste management, quality of materials, building construction, or sustainable location. Energy-efficient construction and improvement in energy efficiency are some of the important issues imposed by the Polish and European Energy Policy. Solutions used in energy-efficient and passive buildings significantly reduce CO2 emission, limit the use of heat and electricity, and also contribute to sustainable development and environmental protection. Promoting the idea of green building, latest technologies, as well as multi-criteria certification, greatly stimulates the innovation and development of Polish economy.

The program includes, i.a.:
Legal regulations for the energy-efficient and passive construction market
Directives of the European Parliament and the Council on the energy performance of buildings,
The future of sustainable construction in Poland,
Improving energy efficiency in existing buildings,
LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, HQE certification – certification process, examples,
Poland as the leader of multi-criteria certification in Central and Eastern Europe,
Polish certificates of green building,
Subsidies for energy-efficient construction and for improving energy efficiency of the buildings,
Materials and technologies in energy-efficient construction,
IT solutions for effective media management,
Thermovision and testing buildings airtightness.

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What installed capacity of renewable energy has Romania?

At the end of June, the capacity for energy production from renewable sources amounted to 4690 MW, according to data centralized by Transelectrica. The figures are a decrease compared to the end of last year, when Romania figure in the system with production capacities of 5142 MW.

Of this total, wind farms provide power 2959MW, panels photovoltaic 1312 MW, small hydropower, other 316 MW and projects based on biomass have a power total of 103 MW.

In conditions In which, in 2008, the Romanian authorities have granted the most generous scheme for subsidising renewable energy in Europe (19.5 billion euros), our country has reached more quickly with 6 years, a goal which stated that, by 2020, the share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption to be 24%.

Unfortunately, the price paid for achieving this objective was an increase of 20% of the energy bills paid by the population and industry, for the green certificates received free of renewable energy producers (sold by them on a market specialized) are paid by all consumers in Romania in the final invoice to the electricity.

To reduce the impact of large bills, the authorities began to reduce the benefits awarded, but this decision started to affect now on the green energy producers. They accuse the authorities of incoherent legislation, saying that their decisions take them to the impossibility to sell the green certificates, and many firms in the system see themselves threatened by bankruptcy.

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RENEXPO® Poland 2016 – international business event for the RES industry

Discussions on current issues, conferences, experts meetings and the presentation of the offers by nearly 120 exhibitors – all of this will be present during the next edition of RENEXPO® Poland. The sixth edition of the International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will take place on 19-21 October in Expocentre EXPO XXI in Warsaw. The fair organizer is REECO Poland and the event is held under the Honorary Patronage of the Ministry of Energy and the Marshal of the Masovian Voivodeship.

New regulations on renewable energy sources, which came into force on July 1st in Poland, became the starting point for numerous discussions and raised a lot of questions. The amended law on RES determines, among others, new rules concerning microinstallations and prosumers, the auction system and biomass, as well as possibilities of supporting renewable energy sources by the state.

The changes are supposed to have a positive impact on RES development from the point of view of the Polish economy. The autumn Trade Fair RENEXPO® Poland, during which the organizers have planned a number of conferences and industry forums, will be an opportunity to discuss and debate not only the changes in the law on RES. The main objective of the fair is to create an international meeting platform which, on the one hand will present the potential of renewable energy and chances for its development in Poland, on the other - will help foreign companies to establish valuable business contacts on the Polish market. The idea behind the event has been the same for years – to show that production and distribution of renewable energy and using it can be easy and profitable.

Eight sectors and something new
During this year’s fair, the companies’ offer will be presented in eight sectors: bioenergy (wood energy, biomass, biogas, biofuels), wind energy, CHP – cogeneration, energy-efficient construction and building renovation, hydropower, heat pumps, geothermal and solar energy. Additionally, exhibitors will have a chance to present their products and services, interesting achievements and innovative solutions on joint thematic stands, such as: ‘Innovation’,‘Knowledge and research’ or ‘Young Entrepreneurs’. Another novelty will be a joint stand organized under the slogan 'Together for biogas'. It is there where presentations of modern technologies in the field of biogas and cogeneration, as well as meetings with experts, will take place. Visitors will also be able to gain information on the construction and operation of biogas plants and learn about the possibilities of financing such investments.

Business talks at dinner
The trade fair will provide various occasions to establish a network of business contacts. One of them will be the "Cooperative meetings" service, addressed to all entrepreneurs who are looking for professional partners and suppliers from the broadly defined energy sector, in particular those active in the field of renewable energy sources and energy efficient buildings. “Cooperative meetings” aim to connect those looking for each other in a fast and easy way.
The service is free of charge and requires prior registration online on the website of the fair. Another occasion for business meetings, in a less formal atmosphere instead, will be the ‘Professional Networking Dinner’ taking place on the first day of the fair – on October 19th, at the Expocentre EXPO XXI in Warsaw During the dinner, the results of the RENERGY AWARDS competition, in the categories of distinguished personality of the RES industry and innovative technology of the fair, will be officially announced.

Compendium of expertise
The fair is accompanied by a number of events, such as specialized conferences, congresses and forums. These allow an exchange of knowledge, opinions and experiences, as well as encourage the discussion on the current issues bothering the industry. The events planned on the first day of the fair are: International Conference on Photovoltaics in Poland, two-day Polish Hydropower Conference, ‘The Social aspects of RES’ conference, ‘Energy in megastores’ forum, and Local Government Day. On August 20th, the following events will take place: Congress of Polish Organization of Heat Pump Technology Development, Biogas Forum, international congress ‘Energy Storage in Poland’ and jobs and career event “’Environment now’. On the third day of the fair the organizers invite to: PV Forum, conferences on biofuel, Congress of Energy-Efficient Construction and Building Certification, as well as ‘The Future of cogeneration in Poland’ workshop.

Admission to the fair is free of charge with prior registration online. Additional information, including regulations for participation in the fair and accompanying events, is available at


Lativa: Environment and Energy 2016

The 12th International Power Industry, Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure and Environmental Technology Fair “Environment and Energy 2016” will be held at the Kipsala International Exhibition Centre, Riga from 13-16 October 2016.

The exhibition will present a variety of solutions for energy efficiency, power supply, environmental technology and infrastructure improvement, and the efficient use of RES. The leading power industry companies will offer the advanced energy-efficient technologies and viable solutions - from equipment and projects for big companies and municipalities to solutions for medium-sized and small companies and cost-efficient deals for every household.

Main thematic sectors:
 - Energy efficient heating and thermal insulation technologies;
 - Heat metering and control equipment;
 - Innovative heating system renovation solutions;
 - Efficient street and home lighting trends, control and measurement systems;
 - Equipment and solutions for energy-efficient use of solar and wind energy;
 - Ventilation and air conditioning equipment;
 - Industrial and domestic wastewater treatment technology;
 - Environmentally-friendly transport - electric vehicles.

The exhibition will offer an extensive multi-day programme of seminars held by the Riga Energy Agency and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

 Flashback to the exhibition 2015 
“Environment and Energy 2015” presented 104 participants from 10 countries – 89 Latvian and 15 foreign companies (Lithuania, Estonia, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Poland, Finland, Germany and Sweden). The overall attendance in four days hit 23,612 visitors, both professionals and general public, from Latvian and other countries. The fair offered a number of important international workshops for both professionals and everyone interested. The workshops presented the major industry news and were well attended. Visitors and the media appreciated the diversity of exhibits – from energy-saving solutions for every household to serious industrial machinery and equipment for industrial projects. Particularly strong visitor interest was about the latest heating solutions, devices that help save electricity. "Environment and Energy 2015" offered a particularly wide exhibition of electric vehicles, charging stations, electric bikes and other eco-friendly means of transportation that was held in cooperation with the Road Traffic Safety Directorate. In the E-mobility stand visitors could see the offer of more than six car brands, learn about the benefits for the users of electric cars and become familiar with the planned charging station network across Latvia.

The exhibition is a very important business and information exchange platform in the Baltic region. The steady number of participating companies and visitors year after year, proves the necessity and urgency of this event for every professional and property owner, as well as for everyone who cares about the efficient use of natural and energy sources.

 For more info contact: Project Manager of “Environment and Energy” Tel: +371 29176207; e-mail:

Ukrainian Government continues to give financial aid to Ukrainians to replace gas boilers

There are enough funds in the state budget to support the purchase of "non-gas" boilers, in particular more than 70 million UAH. It means that about 7,000 households will abandon expensive gas and install boilers on alternative fuel. It is reported by the Chairman of the Agency Sergiy Savchuk.

According to him, within the state energy efficiency program people can receive non-repayable financial assistance to replace gas boilers: for individuals - 20% reimbursement, for those who get subsidies - 70%.

"Over the last week, from 11th till 18th of July 2016, the population attracted 11.9 million UAH to purchase 686 "non-gas" boilers. This is almost three times as much as the amount of funds involved before last week", - Sergiy Savchuk said, commenting on the statistic data of the state energy efficiency program.

He believes that the gas boilers replacement within the state support is an opportunity for each household to completely abandon the imported gas and switch to local fuels.

The Chairman also mentioned that the alternative fuels support program was introduced for people in October 2014. Since that time there has been a steady increase in demand for "non-gas" boilers purchase.

Within the program Ukrainians have attracted 280 million UAH to purchase almost 17 thousand "non-gas" boilers. The Government has already compensated them 58,9 million UAH.



The Greek neZEH pilot hotels have been awarded in the national competition Tourism Awards 2016

The neZEH pilot hotels in Greece, Arkadi Hotel (Chania, Crete), Ibiscos Garden Hotel (Rethymnon, Crete) and Sentido Vasia Resort & Spa (Sisi, Lasithi, Crete), excelled in the Tourism Awards 2016 receiving the Silver Award in the category Sustainability/Facilities Management, subcategory "Initiatives for environmental protection - Public awareness - Monitoring of environmental indicators".

These hotels have set as their strategic priority to reduce their environmental footprint and are implementing a large scale renovation to reach nearly zero energy performance under the technical support of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete, the neZEH project coordinator.

The representatives of the Greek neZEH hotels and of the Technical University of Crete, attended the award ceremony held on April 6th 2016, in the Athens Concert Hall in order to receive their award. The event, organised by Hotel & Restaurant publication under the auspice of the Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization, was attended by more than 650 executives and stakeholders of Greek tourism, while more than 1.000 people watched it on live streaming.            

Arkadi Hotel, Ibiscos Garden Hotel and Sentido Vasia Resort & Spa are lighthouse examples of the first generation of nearly Zero Energy Hotels in Greece and in Europe. Their award, on such an important occasion for the Greek tourism, gives wide visibility to their efforts for sustainable and competitive services, inspiring more hoteliers to implement integrated energy strategies. A "second wave" of energy renovations in hotels – considering the open calls for funding in 2014-2020 NSRF Programming Period - not only can enhance national efforts to achieve the 2020 energy targets, but also can create new jobs and improve the tourism product of Greece: increase sustainability and competitiveness, provide improved comfort for guests and meet their expectations for environmentally friendly accommodations.


Ukraine: PM Volodymyr Groysman urges local authorities to introduce energy efficiency measures

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman calls on local authorities to implement energy efficiency measures, those enabling to achieve energy independence in a few years, to reduce two-threefold the bills for energy consumption and to provide new jobs in the communities. The Head of Government announced during a meeting on problematic issues of development of local government with city mayors on Monday.

The Prime Minister stressed that the current objective for the authorities was to provide effective social protection necessary due to the introduction of market-based gas prices through the subsidy tool, to ensure energy efficiency action: to cut energy consumption thereby improving the quality of services, to ensure objective recording and installing meters. In addition, local authorities should conduct an audit of the heat supply companies, he said. "You will see that people will get protection through a mechanism of social subsidies and you will be able to consume less energy," he added.
Volodymyr Groysman noted that there had been established three mechanisms to fund energy modernization measures. In particular, it is planned UAH 3 billion for investment projects from the Regional Development Fund. Another tool is a subsidy for socio-economic development.

Apart from that, local governments have at their disposal additional resource worth millions and billions due to the recent financial decentralization, stressed the Head of Government. "The decentralization reform, which is underway, requires the responsibility of each of you locally, a clear strategy and understanding where we use resources that became available," he said.

The Prime Minister noted that a number of important mechanisms had been created to ensure energy modernization. He recalled that the Government had approved a concept of an Energy Efficiency Fund which will afford to accumulate resources and to help implementation of energy saving measures, thereby improving energy efficiency. Moreover, there is in effect a Warm Loan program that allows saving up to 70% of the resources in the upgrading process, he said.

"We must insulate buildings, upgrade boiler houses, replace heating mains. I think everyone here is aware what is the situation with the heating systems in Ukraine. They have been talking for 25 years that they are in a terrible state. Then, maybe it’s time we have to change that", said Volodymyr Groysman.

The Prime Minister commented on the appeal of local councils to the Government containing a request to prevent growing of utility tariffs. He explained that relevant calculations of rates were being made locally, so local governments may compensate the citizens for housing and communal services from their local budgets. However, he noted that it would be rather expedient to spend these funds on energy modernization and other infrastructure projects.

The Prime Minister stressed that market gas price provide an opportunity to get rid of corruption, to introduce more active measures to save energy, to achieve energy independence, and ensure an effective social protection system for the citizens.

Volodymyr Groysman accentuated that currently gas in Ukraine, either imported or of domestic production, has a market price. A knock-down gas price, as it used to be before, was advantageous for corruptionists who earned billions from gas deals.

"We have two options: either we proceed along a path of populism, thereby letting Ukraine suffer from low energy efficiency, from inefficient use of resources, or we take responsible decisions as each of you is a leader, in whom your community trusted. You can take steps that will allow you in a few years to reach energy independence, at that an average bill of your citizen can reduce two-threefold, while the funds that you spend on energy efficiency will not be a compensation for corrupt officials. It will be an opportunity to create dozens thousands of jobs in your communities," he said appealing to the representatives of local self-government bodies.

The Head of Government urged the mayors to cooperate in solving issues of development of local self-government. "I urge you to unite and build an apolitical and absolutely responsible and patriotic tandem, which will enable us - the Government and local authorities as one team - to create better living conditions for people. Without your help we will not succeed", summed up Volodymyr Groysman.


Armenia: EBRD extends second energy efficiency loan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending a second energy efficiency loan through its Energocredit facility to SEF International, a VisionFund microfinance institution in Armenia.

SEF International will receive a local currency loan worth US$ 1 million for on-lending to rural customers for energy efficiency investments.

The sub-loans, which are expected to become available from August 2016 onwards, will primarily support investments in energy and cost-efficient heating, cooling, ventilation systems and small business equipment.

As SEF International mainly targets small borrowers, loans are expected to be in the range of US$ 300 to US$ 600, with a 10 per cent grant element for eligible projects provided by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.

The EBRD extended the first US$ 1 million facility to SEF International in 2014. The funds were allocated to more than 1,600 customers, mostly from rural regions of Armenia, with an average loan size of US$ 500 equivalent.



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