Press release

IFAT impact: new platform for the international environmental sector

June 30, 2020
  • Identifying and seizing opportunities
  • IFAT impact Panel Discussion, July 15, 2020
  • IFAT impact Business Summit, September 8 to 10, 2020

The IFAT network is active—even during the coronavirus crisis: IFAT impact is a new knowledge platform aimed at promoting the exchange of expertise within the international environmental sector. The platform will be launched by two digital events in July and September. Participation is free of charge.


“IFAT is more than just a trade fair—it is the most important network in the global environmental industry. And with IFAT impact we are now developing new formats to complement the physical get-together at the trade fair,” explains Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München. These events can be purely digital, hybrid or analog at IFAT fairs. “We are using the crisis for a boost to innovation. Both for ourselves and to support the industry on its way out of the coronavirus crisis.”

How to realize an ecologically sustainable economy

The launch event will be the digital panel discussion on “Environmental technologies in times of the coronavirus—and beyond: accelerators for an ecologically sustainable economy.” The panel will be about the future of the European Green Deal, how industries and municipalities can shape change locally and how green innovations are to be financed.

Opened by Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the expert panel will have a European perspective with, for example, Patrick Hasenkamp as President of Municipal Waste Europe (MWE), Peter Kurth as President of the European Federation of Waste Management Industries (FEAD), Lynette Chung as Head of Global Sustainability at Covestro AG—a world-leading supplier of polymers—and Sebastian Porkert, who as Managing Director of Ecofario has declared war on microplastics

Major business summit in September

Target-oriented B2B networking, initiating business relationships, concrete solutions, product presentations and a top-level conference program: at the three-day digital IFAT impact Business Summit in September, companies will present their innovations, and participants from all over the world will attend presentations, arrange individual appointments and gain information in the conference program.


IFAT impact Panel Discussion, July 15, 2020, 10:00–12:00 (CET)

IFAT impact Business Summit, September 8–10, 2020

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