The eco-innovation event of the year
With six months to go until it opens, things are already looking good for Pollutec Horizons, the international show-case for cutting edge environment and sustainable development solutions
The forthcoming show will tackle the full range of topics: waste management, water treatment, renewables, energy efficiency, air quality,risk prevention, biodiversity, corporate socialresponsibility and ethical buying—with the emphasis being on research and innovation. As well as this sector-based approach, Pollutec Horizons 2013 will be highlighting several cross sector themes such as smart city management, through its focus on the sustainable city, efforts to improve factory performance, through the focus on sustainable industry, and, for the first time, sustainable development in healthcare establishments as part of the focus on hospital and sustainable development. It will also be looking at the environmental approach of other sectors of the economy such as commerce and distribution or the food industry. Building on its international development, this year Pollutec Horizons welcomes South Korea as its country of the year and highlights best environmental practice in Scandinavia.
The forum for innovative cleantech
As always, research and innovation lie at the heart of Pollutec Horizons and they are to be found at every level of the show from the stands of the independent exhibitors and the joint venture pavilions-where over 150 launches and announcements are expected—to the conference forums and the LeCleantech business meetings, which this year will be focusing on energy efficiency.
They will have an even greater presence in the Future Techniques Forum, the Ecotech Village and the Space Village, which this year will also feature drones for civilian use. Four of the five sets of awards being presented this year are also dedicated to research and innovation, whether it be in the form of public research (Innovative Techniques for the EnvironmentAwards), products and services that have already been launched (Business Awards for the Environment), international success (Eco-Enterprise Export Awards) or promising start-ups (Young Company Eco-Innovation Awards).
The winners of the 4th CLER-Obscur competition for short films on the subject of sustainable energy will be chosen by Internet voting.
Comprehensive solutions for professionals of all descriptions
The show is also featuring the development of sustainable industry in partnership with the FFC (the French chemical sciences federation) and others. It will present a selection of innovative solutions that could contribute to the essential transformation of our production models, especially in the fields of process performance optimization, energy efficiency, lower consumption of materials and eco-socio-design.
This year, the show’s organizers have also decided to launch a focus on Hospital and Sustainable Development. This will concentrate on the environmental management of healthcare establishments, the impact of hospital buildings on the environment and the well being at work of their staff. This new initiative is being launched in partnership with several French organizations such as CD2S, H360, the IHF, Inéris, theSFSEand Uniclima. It will also be covering the environment in the commerce & distribution sector in conjunction with Perifem and the environment in the food industry together with Coop de France.
New at the show
Pollutec Horizons, which is expecting some 1,300 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors, will be opening in the evening for the first time this year. On Thursday 5th December (and not 4th December as initially announced), the show will stay open until 9.30 p.m. The idea is to allow professionals to continue their discussions in a more informal and sociable atmosphere.