- Around 2,900 exhibitors from more than 50 countries
- Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke opens IFAT Munich on the 30th. May
- Three questions for Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München
Less waste, reuse raw materials, clean water, climate-resilient cities – from 30. May to 3. June 2022, technologies and solutions for an environmentally and climate-friendly future will be shown at IFAT Munich. It is the largest network for environmental technologies that brings together industry, politics, municipalities and science. Three questions about the fair to Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München.
After the corona-related forced break, IFAT Munich will take place again after four years. Is it still comparable to the 2018 fair?
Absolutely. The importance of environmental technologies and demand is growing globally. At the same time, the current challenges such as supply bottlenecks and the consequences of the war in Ukraine are also a major issue in the environmental sector. There is therefore again a great need for personal exchange and information. Around 2,900 exhibitors represent all segments of IFAT holistically: water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. Including almost 50 start-ups, more than ever before. More than 50 countries are represented in the exhibition. In addition to Germany, the top exhibitor countries are Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Turkey and France. The USA is also very present and companies from Egypt via Singapore to Australia are on board. All this is a clear vote for the largest environmental technology fair in the world.
The supporting program is also extensive, what are your highlights?
Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke and Bavarian Environment Minister Thorsten Glauber will open the fair. Immediately afterwards, outstanding personalities discuss the question of how we can create change with environmental technology: among others, the founder Mikela Druckman (expert for AI in recycling and part of the WEF Global Future Council), Sucheta Govil (Chief Commercial Officer of Covestro), Prof. Dr. Erich Zahn (co-author of the Club of Rome report “The Limits of Growth”) and Dr. Johannes Kirchhoff (Board Member of the Circular Economy Initiative of the Federal Association of German Industry).
The new, guided solution tours on 16 topics convey very concrete knowledge. And then, of course, the large number of special shows and lectures. The range of topics ranges from digital twins in water management to construction waste recycling to climate-neutral freight transport.
You also claim sustainable implementation for the trade fair itself – what exactly are your measures here?
We have given ourselves a Code of Conduct to make IFAT more sustainable in a continuous process – and can build on an already very “green” infrastructure of Messe München. The trade fair is then about things like the selection of materials, the handling of waste – and we also encourage our exhibitors and visitors to make their participation in the trade fair climate-friendly.
Thus, the GoGreen ticket is very well received to compensate for the carbon footprint. We award the most sustainable trade fair appearance with the Sustainability Award, prominently during the opening. For example, we do not use carpets in the halls and thus achieve CO2 savings equivalent to 1,000 short flights. And the project management of IFAT undergoes itself an audit for climate-neutral trade fair implementation.