Energy Efficiency and Renewables conference - South-East Europe plays an important role in the transition towards the low carbon economy.  This event brings business and experts together with stakeholders in Bulgaria, Romania and the neighbour regions who are engaged in energy efficiency and renewables from the public and private sectors. With the EU focus on heating and cooling in 2016 this event will provide an insight into emerging schemes for innovation in adapting the region’s building stock in the years to come.

21st – 22nd October 2014 in Frankfurt

In cooperation with ENEP

In 2006 the Returpack began developing a special alucan Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) as well as a recycling collection system. The goal of this was to develop a highly effective aluminium can collection system through an automated store-based deposit or waste material management and reverse logistics processes.

The first units and the system itself were brought into circulation in 2007. In 2012, there were over 170 RVMs in Hungary, dozens of which have been functioning for more than 4 years.

Alupress RVM is unique in the world, because:

Helping consumers make sustainable choices is at the heart of the latest phase to the European Commission's 'Generation Awake' campaign. The campaign aims to make consumers aware of the consequences their consumption patterns have on natural resources, illustrating the benefits if they choose to act differently. The campaign’s interactive website, where cartoon characters show the environmental impact of everyday purchasing decisions, is available in all 24 official EU languages.

The recent European Commission on the review of European waste management targets has received a range of different views. The EU private waste management sector has given cautious support to higher recycling targets for packaging waste, if it can be shown these are achievable without disproportionately high costs. Industry representatives believe that the existing 2006 targets in the packaging waste directive should not be changed unless the European Commission has evidence that they are no longer at the right level from an environmental or economic point of view.