Energy Efficiency
Investment Mechanisms

                              Programme


                                                                     14th November 2012
                                                   Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
                                                              Frederic‐Joliot‐Curie 25, Sofia

Bulgaria is often presented as the most energy inefficient country in the EU. Despite a significant progress in the last decade, energy efficiency remains an enormous challenge for the country. The low level of energy efficiency is a burden on the economic competitiveness, keeps the energy dependency at an unnecessarily high level and it also associated with significant social cost as a result of high energy bills and fuel poverty. At the same time high energy efficiency offers unique low cost opportunities for stimulating employment and economic growth, improving the standards of living and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This conference will debate the policies and the financial mechanisms that could accelerate the improvement of the energy efficiency of the Bulgarian economy.


09:00 – 09:30    Registration and Coffee

09:30 – 09:45    Welcome and Opening of the Conference   
   
                           Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism
                           H.E. Matthias Hoepfner, Ambassador of Germany to Bulgaria
                           Julian Popov, Chairman of the Board, Bulgarian School of 
                           Politics “Dimitry Panitza”
   

Panel  1             Energy Efficiency in Bulgaria – Challenge and Opportunity

                          The panel will explore the current state of energy efficiency in Bulgaria and the key 
                          policies that are currently being implemented on national level. The draft briefing
                          “Funding Energy Efficiency in Bulgaria” will be also announced.

                          Moderator:   Julian Popov, Chairman, Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”

09:45 – 10:30    Krasimir Naidenov, Director, Sustainable Energy Development Agency
                           Evgeny Angelov, Presidency of Bulgaria
                           Alexandar Hadzhiivanov, Principal Manager, Energy Efficiency, EBRD
                          

10:30 – 11:00    Panel Discussion

11:00 – 11:15    Coffee Break


Panel 2             International Policy Practices for Energy Efficiency

                         The panel will present selected energy efficiency policies in Germany and other
                         European countries, their success in attracting wide range of investment and their
                         applicability to the
                         Bulgarian economic and social context. 

                         Moderator:      Petar Karaboev, Deputy Editor in Chief, Capital Daily

11:15–12:00     Diana Mangalagiu, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
                         Miriam Ott, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature 
                         Conservation and Nuclear Safety
                         Desislava Yordanova, Director, Directorate “Housing Policy”, Ministry of Regional Development
                         and Public Works”

12:00 – 12:30    Panel Discussion

12:30 – 12:45    Coffee Break


Panel 3              Financing High Energy Efficiency Standards Buildings
   
                          This panel will present the European building energy efficiency standards of the future and will
                          discuss the best ways they could be financed. The panel will also launch the Near Zero Energy
                          Building report on Bulgaria.

                         Moderator:   Bogdan Atanasiu, Senior Energy Efficiency Expert, Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)

12:45 – 13:30   Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
                          Zdravko Genchev, Executive Director, EnEffect

13:30 – 14:00    Panel Discussion

14:00 – 14:15    Conclusions

14:15 – 15:15    Lunch

15:15 – 17:00    Expert Meetings