SOFENA hosted the two-day third meeting of the SMARTEL project consortium on 23 and 24 October 2017, which took place at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG) Learning Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources. The aim of the meeting was to finalize the already developed training materials and discuss the development of the online training system – SMARTEL MOOC. The partners got familiar with some of the latest and most modern methods of energy efficient equipment.

Within the framework of SMARTEL project, Sofia Energy Agency will host the third partnership meeting in Sofia. Representatives of the University of Panevezys, as well as members of various vocational training centers from Spain, Lithuania, Greece and Belgium, will gather on 23.10.2017 at the Training Center for Energy Efficiency and RES in Buildings at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG) to discuss the progress in implementing the project objectives, such as: modernizing vocational education and training (VET) for electricians; overcoming the lack of intelligence-measurement programs and training courses, as well as home automation skills and competences.

The meeting is supported by EnEffect, that kindly provide the Learning Center hall, established under the European Train-to-NZEB project, funded by the “Horizon”2020 Program (

There are trainings in the Center for construction specialists, installers and others interested in the concept of passive and almost nearly zero energy buildings.

A program of the event can be found here: SMARTEL_3rd Project Meeting Agenda

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Now, when the summer is over and we are all at work, we have a great opportunity to acquire new energy-efficient habits in our everyday lives.

Almost every type of business relies on some equipment that helps to the work efficiently, and each company could use this equipment more effectively. Every manager and employee can contribute in saving energy and money from office equipment by introducing minor changes on how it is used at the workplace.

That is why we invite all companies wishing to participate in the autumn energy saving competition at the workplace within the START2ACT project!

You can win an Amazon Fire Tablet!

How to get involved?


Take a photo or video about how your company reduces the energy consumption of your equipment!


Describe the actions – with just one sentence or a short paragraph.


Send them to @ START2ACT by using #S2Achallenge on Twitter, Facebook or email at:

The competition starts now and will end on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Each participating company will receive a startup energy saving package START2ACT!

For more information:

This summer was a busy season for START2ACT – besides the Knowledge Base , the Interactive Online Platform was expanded with the Energy Saving Competition , and recently with the first chapter of our e-Learning

Like all our tools, e-learning is developed by our experts who use their comprehensive knowledge and experience in energy-saving practices in the office and at home. However, we applied a creative approach to the e-learning structure by abandoning the practice of using standard presentations or web-seminars, and instead created a unique and adapted e-learning environment within Geonardo’s office as an example.

Be prepared to learn by being a witness of real struggles and best practices of our employees and managers for achieving comfortable working conditions for all, while contributing to increase the energy efficiency.

E-learning is divided into three modules covering energy efficiency at work and at home as well as intelligent energy management. Modules are further subdivided into sections that provide useful tips for reducing energy consumption through behavioral changes in the use of lighting, heating, air conditioning, office equipment and other appliances.

In addition, e-learning aims to train SME managers and start-ups to engage their employees in energy-efficient practices at the workplace. Managers can also learn about smart procurement, monitoring, and measurement when making bids for reducing their energy bills.

Our e-learning is engaging, entertaining and interactive. If you are an SME employee or manager or start up, check out the first Energy Efficiency and Lighting section here (registration required). More tabs will follow soon!

The Interactive Energy Saving Platform START2ACT *( has been expanded with the first chapter of E-learning modules ( since August 2017. E-learning is one of the many tools developed by START2ACT to help young SMEs and start-ups to save energy and reduce their costs on their workplaces by increasing their competitiveness.

What does START2ACT’s e-learning unique as a tool for promoting energy-efficient behavioral change?

The on-line e-learning course developed by START2ACT consists of simple, dynamic and practical modules aimed at owners and employees of small businesses. This virtual e-learning environment provides users with an extremely interactive opportunity to complete short energy efficiency courses and use different energy-saving options at work and at home.

E-learning is based on real-life situations in a real START2ACT office, so consumers will learn, together with experts and managers involved in START2ACT, how to save energy on a business day and implement appropriate energy efficiency measures at home.

E-Learning Structure

START2ACT e-learning consists of three modules:

Energy efficiency On the Workplace introduces the basics of energy saving for lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, office equipment and other devices.

Energy efficiency at Home focuses on home energy saving practices and allows for an assessment of potential energy savings from electrical appliances

Intelligent Energy Management is targeted at SME managers and start-ups, providing appropriate advises on procurement, monitoring and measurement, as well as employee commitment to behavioral changes to energy-efficient office culture.

The modules are divided into sections and after completing the module, users have the opportunity to run a test and to obtain the e-learning certificate START2ACT

* Additional features of the interactive energy saving platform START2ACT

START2ACT Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base is a structured library for the available knowledge about energy efficiency in the office environment and home, united by experts from START2ACT. The information is presented in an interactive and freely accessible way.

An Energy Saving Competition

The Competition provides a motivating framework for SME employees to change their behavior towards energy efficiency through self-assessment and peer review.

Interactive Social Platform (under development)

The platform will enable users of various STAR2ACT services to engage in energy-efficiency communication at work and at home, providing support and useful advises. In addition, the platform will have the “Ask the Expert” section.

Be cool and save energy!

As weather becomes warmer and the sun contributes to this, air conditioners and electric fans can lead to an incredible increase in the energy needs of your office. There are hundreds of small changes you can make to save energy and costs, and to improve the level of comfort for you and your colleagues.

Each participating company will receive a startup energy saving package START2ACT.

How to get involved?

Take a picture or movie with a video clip in 3 minutes and describe the actions that your office has taken to reduce the need for cooling.

Post your efforts to @START2ACT via #S2Achallenge or send them by email at:

The winner will win an Amazon Fire tablet!

The challenge will end on September 8, 2017 (Friday).

For more information, please visit the START2ACT “Summer Challenge” site:

Sofia Energy Agency – SOFENA is pleased to invite start-ups and young SMEs to take the advantage of our proposal to conduct a simple energy audit of your office as a grant to reduce energy costs and make green purchases at your company.

On-spot visits starts on August 14, 2017.

In a timely manner, our experts will visit your company, within the first acquaintance meeting that will take no more than an hour. The consultancy service that we provide includes up to 3 on-spot visits to view and evaluate the results within 18 months.

Additionally, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the online knowledge platform and all tools, developed educational programs and tutorials for consultation, and join the e-learning on the Start2Act project.

We look forward to your requests by e-mail ( and directly on our phones (+358 2 943 44 01, GSM: +359 898 398 108, +359 899 359 284).

Budapest, Hungary, 29 July 2017

START2ACT launched two new free energy efficiency support actions for young SMEs and start-ups from the nine European countries in the summer of 2017. The project aims to help young SMEs to save energy and to reduce their costs at the workplace and to increase their competitiveness.

After the organized business breakfasts across Europe, START2ACT began to open new online services and energy efficiency services on the spot. The first one is the Knowledge Base, which is a free online energy efficiency center accessible to everyone through the project website. In addition, START2ACT started training and mentoring sessions tailored to the specific needs of young SMEs and start-ups respectively.

The Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base serves as an online tool for topics related to energy efficiency. The curriculum program is divided into sections by business type (SME or start-up business) and secondary categories (SME manager or employee, own office or shared office for start-ups). The teaching materials cover key areas, including heating / cooling of offices, lighting systems, efficient measurement and monitoring strategies for monitoring energy consumption of the office.

Using the Knowledge Base, young companies will get an overview of measures and funding opportunities that can help them improve their energy efficiency on the workplace. All the information is country-specific because the Knowledge Base is tailored to those involved in START2ACT.

SME consultancy and mentoring for start-ups

To further assist young companies with the implementation of energy efficiency measures, the project offers two types of on-site support: advisory services for young SMEs and mentoring for start-ups. While SME consultations will be held in their offices, start-ups will be able to meet experienced START2ACT trainers in incubators and shared workspaces.

The flexible modular and discussion structure of start-up mentoring sessions enables learners and participants to reach personalized solutions. During sessions, businesses will be able to explore available energy efficiency tools, the scope of their potential energy savings, and the various methods of including sporadic actions in sustainable office culture. These face-to-face sessions are designed to help companies improve their energy policy without having to carry out extensive research or invest in expensive third-party services.

Who we are

The START2ACT consortium is a group of international energy and entrepreneurship experts who have joined forces to make small businesses more environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient through behavioral changes supported by the Horizon 2020 European Union Research and Innovation Program. It consists of 11 partners from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.


For more information on START2ACT, please visit:

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