November 29, 2016 - November 30, 2016

Workshop Sofia

During a visit to Vienna in March 2016, Sofia’s mayor Mrs. Jordanka Fandakova met with Vienna’s mayor Dr. Michael Häupl. During their meeting, areas of cooperation with respect to waste, district heating and waste as a resource were Identified.

Together with EuroComm PR GmbH, TINA Vienna grasped the opportunity to establish a deeper cooperation with the City of Sofia and organized a workshop on waste and waste incineration plants as a component of a city wide district heating network. Within the workshop from November 29th until November 30th 2016, experts from Wien Energie and MA 48, the municipal waste management of Vienna, gave substantial input for an intensive debate on future activities in Sofia.

Sofia will build a new waste incineration plant, the first of its kind, which will feed the district heating network by utilizing RDF produced by a municipal factory. With regard to future planning issues, the Vienna experts strongly suggest to involve WKU (Wiener Kommunal und Umweltschutzprojekt-gmbH), which currently has the necessary know-how to plan and construct waste incineration plants. Wien Energie also commissions WKU for such purposes and recommends an intensified cooperation. Additionally the business model of collecting and processing waste in Sofia should be further analyzed, as these pre-settings are the basis for the plant system components to be built.

From the waste management point of view, several topics were discussed:

  • Design of and processes at recycling centers (waste dumps), of which there are 17 in Vienna. Lobbying at the European Commission with respect to European legislation. The role of municipal waste management departments when it comes to recycling quotas, and the actual realization of waste management directives. 
  • How does a city provide recycling rate statistics for waste? 
  • Public procurement of contractors for performing municipal services.

Due to limited time, many detailed aspects could not be discussed but offered potential for future cooperation activities. For example, WKU could offer their services in the fields of:

  • Planning and Design of recycling centers (waste dumps).
  • Technical supervision of the waste incineration plant with RDF utilization.
  • Framework contracting for continuous advisory works.

Additionally a project proposal together with Vienna, Sofia and other partner cities for the Horizon 2020 call „ Improving the performance of inefficient district heating networks“ EE-02-2017 is envisaged. The deadline for the call is June 7th, 2017.

A follow-up workshop on certain subtopics of the issues discussed is planned for the first quarter of 2017.