NTEF contributes to energy efficiency by training students to save energy in schools

This is the second NTEF project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The project is implemented in partnership with the German Independent Institute for Environment (UfU) and the Romanian organization Environ.

Taking into account that students’ behavior is crucial both at school and at home, the project aims to raise awareness among students on the topic of energy efficiency and to teach them to save energy in schools. It is a hands-on project that directly involves students in the process of assessment and reduction of the energy consumption in their schools. For their achievements the students will be rewarded with favorite activities.

Participants in the project will be two schools from Samokov municipality and two schools from the “Liulin” administrative district of Sofia municipality.

Workshop on the effectiveness of public investment in energy efficiency

Part of the annual event of National Trust Ecofund, which took place on 2 July in Sofia, was also a professional workshop on the effectiveness of public investments in energy efficiency.

The discussion began with a presentation by representatives of the Executive Bureau of NTEF. They outlined the energy efficiency situation on a European level, the Bulgarian experience in energy efficiency projects, the challenges to public investments in this area and the possible ways to increase the effectiveness of these investments. They noted the need for more flexible financial mechanisms – combining grants with credits and ESCO schemes. In addition to this, the presentation presented an analysis that NTEF conducts in order to evaluate the direct and indirect results of its energy efficiency investment projects. You can find the presentation here.

Part in the discussion took also:

  • Petar Seizov from Denkstatt Bulgaria, who presented the Investor Confidence Project – Europe-wide initiative to standardize the process of developing and documenting energy efficiency projects in residential and commercial buildings by providing freely accessible protocols. The presentation about Investment Confidence Project you will find here.
  • Ivailo Dukov – Executive director of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources Fund – he presented the mechanisms of the Fund for financing ecological energy consumption. The presentation about the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources Fund you can find here.
  •  Ivailo Aleksiev – Executive director of the Sustainable Energy Development Agency– he presented the mechanism of the trade with white certificates as well as some major challenges and risks in the implementation of energy efficiency projects. His presentation you can find here.
  • Kiril Raychev from the Energy Efficiency Alliance – who presented the benefits of creating more flexible financial mechanisms such as the combination of grant schemes and ESCO contracts.His presentation is available here.

Present on the event were also representatives from the municipalities – they shared the need for an individual financial approach that is tailored to the specifics of each municipality as well as the need for investing in capacity building.

Pictures from the workshop you can find in our Gallery.

 

 

 

“My climate. The human face of climate change” literature competition awards

The annual event of the National Trust Ecofund (NTEF) took place on 2nd of June in “Peroto” literature club, NDK, Sofia. NTEF presented its annual report and organized a professional workshop on the topic of increasing the effectiveness of public investments in energy efficiency.  Presented at the event were also the annual awards for youth literature named after Mimi Pramatarova – this year’s topic of the competition was “My climate. The human face of climate change.”

The winners in this year’s competition are:

1st place – Iveta Angelova from Varna

2nd place – Denitsa Nedelcheva from Elenovo, Nova Zagora Municipality

3d place – Angel Tiutiundjiev from Ruse

Special award certificates received also:

Lilyana Mladenova from Shumen

Pamela Dimitrova from Shabla

Gergana Georgieva from Burgas

The award certificates were presented by a representatives of the Mimi Pramatarova Club of Awardees.

Pictures from the Award Ceremony you can find in our Gallery.

 

Experts from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe visited the 156th “Vasil Levski” school in Kremikovci, Sofia

Experts from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) visited 156th “Vasil Levski” school in Kremikovci in connection with the preparation of the third Environmental Performance Review for Bulgaria.

The school in Kremikovci is with improved energy efficiency measures through the Investment Climate Program – one of these measures is the installation of a heat pump system. The experts from the UNECE had the opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of the National Trust Ecofund and the implemented measures in the Kremikovci school.

In the period from 11 to 21 April 2016, the UNECE team will meet with government representatives, international and non-governmental organizations, businesses and academia in order to assess the progress in the field of environmental protection and to develop recommendations for future action.

The winners in the “My climate” project competition conduct workshops in Plovdiv

The winners in the “My climate” project competition – a team from “Druzhba” High School in Plovdiv – have already started the implementation of their project “Substitute the deodorant, save the Planet”. During February, March and April they will be organizing educational workshops in 11 schools in Plovdiv. The workshops aim to educate students about the negative effects of using traditional deodorants and to teach them how to make deodorants from eco-friendly products.

The interesting initiative of the team won the first award in the project competition “My climate” 2015, which was launched in the framework of the National Trust Ecofund’s project on climate change public awareness. The project was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Pictures from one of the educational workshops that are being organized in Plovidv you can find in our Gallery section.

 

 

 

 

The winners in the “My climate” video competition continue the climate change public awareness activities

The winners in the “My climate” 2015 video competition continue the project activities – Ralitsa Venkova and Tsvetomir Nenov created a new video and designed an informational leaflets on climate change. The materials were presented in front of high school students from the town of Miziya. The presentations were accompanied with discussions and Q&A sessions on the topic of climate change and the importance of raising awareness.

In December last year Ralitsa and Tsvetomir won the first award in the video competition “My climate”, which was launched in the framework of the National Trust Ecofund’s project on climate change public awareness. The project was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

The new video made by Ralitsa and Tsvetomir you can watch here.

The informational leaflets on climate change you can download from here.

 

 

Literature Competition “My climate – the human face of climate change.”

THE NATIONAL TRUST ECOFUND

ECO FORUM PLUS FOUNDATION

RILA NATIONAL PARK

ANNOUNCE

the 10th annual edition

OF THE NATIONAL ECO AWARD MIMI PRAMATAROVA 2016

LITERATURE COMPETITION ON

“MY CLIMATE – THE HUMAN FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE”

 

Welcome to apply are secondary school students from Bulgaria.
The deadline for submission of the literary works is 05.05.2016.
The awards will be announced on 04.06.2016.

More information about the competition you can find here.

National Trust Ecofund’s Conference – “Climate Action – From Awareness To Behavior”

The conference “Climate change action – from awareness to behavior” took place on December 15th from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm in Yolov Hall of the Trimontium Hotel in Plovdiv.

The conference was held in the framework of the National Trust Ecofund’s project on climate change public awareness, supported by the German Federal ministry for the environment, nature conservation, building and nuclear safety (BMUB).
The purpose of the conference was to discuss and agree on effective approaches and models for future climate change education programs directed at young people. Participants in the conference were Bulgarian and German experts on climate change education, representatives of the educational institutions participating in the project, non-governmental organizations, sociologists, psychologists, pedagogues, representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Ministry of Education and Science, media representatives and others.

The program of the conference you can find here

The materials from the keynote speakers’ presentations you can find here:

The winners from the two competitions “My Climate”

In the framework of the project for public awareness on climate change, supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the National Trust Ecofund organized two competitions on the topic of climate change – for a project proposal and for a video.

The winning team for a project proposal on the topic of climate change is:

Merve Ferad – Coordinator

Rostitza Kasavetova – Mentor

Mariya Todorova – Member of the team

Lidia Yaroslavova – Member of the team

The team is from high school “Druzhba” in Plovidv. The project is called “Change the deodorant, save the planet” and aims to inform and educate the young people about the negative effects of the aerosols through organizing workshops on which everyone would be able to make an eco-friendly substitute to the traditional deodorants.

The winners in the competition for video are:

1st place: Ralitsa Venova and Tsvetomir Nenov

2nd place: Tanya Dimitrova and Tsvetan Ivanov

The winner from the online voting: Nikolay Hristov

The winners in the two competitions received their awards on the official conference “Climate change action – from awareness to behavior” which took place on December 15th in Plovidv.