It was last week that the first West Chinese IFAT fair IE expo Chengdu ended a great success; and next thing, Messe München announces a new establishment within its worldwide environmental technology network, IFAT: the first IFAT Delhi will be held in the India Habitat Centre in the Indian capital from January 29 to 31, 2020—in Co-Location with World Sustainable Development Summit 2020.
Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München: “Water supply, waste management, clean air—IFAT takes on pressing issues that are crucial for the sustainable development of the respective region. With IFAT Delhi we are creating a platform of solutions for the North of India; above all, it is our intention to show to communities and politicians what environmental technologies can do by now.” Along with the three-day fair, there will be an expert supporting programme with technical and scientific lectures, panel discussions and workshops.
Hence, Messe München will have two IFAT trade fairs in India in 2020. Besides the new IFAT Delhi, the company has been present with IFAT India in Mumbai since 2013, which enjoys the reputation of being the country’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies. For Bhupinder Singh, CEO of the Indian subsidiary Messe Muenchen India, the New Delhi site has a strategic importance: “In Mumbai, we managed to firmly install IFAT India in the industry and give it the position of the leading industry hub in India. IFAT Delhi aims at addressing trade visitors from India’s north, and especially the policy-makers who play an essential role in the expansion of environmental infrastructure.”
What makes the debut of IFAT Delhi so special is the World Sustainable Development Summit 2020 which will be held in parallel. It is the leading Indian summit meeting that deals with the topic of sustainability, organised by the Indian Think Tank TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute. Dr. Annapurna Vancheswaran, Senior Director at TERI: “IFAT India and TERI have been close partners since 2017. We are glad that IFAT Delhi will not only strengthen this cooperation but will complement the World Sustainable Development Summit by bringing technology and innovation exhibitors that make essential contributions to sustainable development.”
Water and sewage, waste and recycling, clean air—the key topics of the new environmental technologies trade fair are customised to the challenges in North India. There is much need for action: New Delhi has about 16 million inhabitants and depends on regular water supply from the neighbouring states which, however, are affected by a shortage of water themselves. According to authorities and environmentalists, inhabitants leave an estimated daily waste volume of 17,000 tonnes in the capital and its surroundings alone. And according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the 14 cities with the world’s worst air pollution are in North India.
Besides the two trade fairs in India and the original event, IFAT in Munich, Messe München also organises the environmental technologies trade fairs IE expo China in Shanghai, IE expo Chengdu in West Chinese Chengdu, IE expo Guangzhou in South Chinese Guangzhou, IFAT Africa in Johannesburg as well as IFAT Eurasia in Istanbul. All these eight trade fairs join forces to be the world’s leading network for environmental technologies.