Sustainability.Our attitude.

Sustainable and innovative. By conviction.

The IFAT exhibitors showcase visionary technologies and intelligent solutions for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. Their innovations make a decisive contribution to a sustainable circular economy.

Our role as the world‘s leading trade fair entails accepting responsibility. That is why we want to express the principle of sustainability in our actions. We want to set a good example and make IFAT more sustainable in an ongoing process, from the selection of materials and the handling of waste to the motivation of our exhibitors and visitors. Let’s join forces to make IFAT even more sustainable.

Our future actions are founded on sustainability. It's not just a plan, it’s our attitude. And shall be the basis for our decisions and actions.

Philipp Eisenmann, IFAT Projektleiter

Contribution of Messe München

  • 2,500 trees on the exhibition grounds as compensation for CO2 emissions
  • 5,000 m2 of green hall roofs
  • One of the world's largest photovoltaic roof systems to produce environmentally friendly electricity
  • Exhibition halls are largely heated with geothermal heat
  • Switch to 100 % green electricity in 2020
  • Exhibition lake is fed with rainwater and groundwater
  • Settlement of bee colonies on the exhibition grounds
  • Exhibition grounds possess very good access to public transport
  • 50 parking spaces with charging poles for electric cars
Messe München GmbH

Acting sustainably. The measures taken by IFAT.

As the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management, we not only want to set an example, but point the way.

Our priorities:

  • We make more out of less! By reducing the number of corridor carpets and reusing them, we conserve resources.
  • Together with our partner Meplan, we are offering the stand model “Wood” and thus opportunities for sustainable stand construction.
  • We reward the most sustainable trade fair presentation and encourage our exhibitors to take part in the IFAT Environmental Leadership Award.
  • We produce our forums and the future platform experience.science.future. with sustainable, resource-saving materials.

  • The easy access to public transport allows you to get to IFAT in an environmentally friendly way.
  • IFAT’s special Event Ticket for Deutsche Bahn: our support for a low-emission trip.
  • You can refuel your electric car at 50 charging stations available on the exhibition grounds.
  • At certain locations, you can fill your returnable cups at our drinking water dispensers free of charge.
  • “We separate for you.” We achieve more sustainability by separating the waste of the IFAT visitors.

  • We use FSC-certified recycled paper for our printed advertising materials.
  • That‘s why we print our materials in a climate-neutral way.
  • That’s why we are reducing our print circulations and are constantly optimizing our digital advertising media.
  • We deliberately cooperate with printing companies that subordinate to the principle of sustainability.
  • Leave the printed products in the collection containers at the exit to make them available to other visitors.

Let’s act sustainably—and in concert!

How to make your IFAT visit even more environmentally friendly.

Sustainability is a mission that we can only implement together. We help you make your IFAT visit as environmentally friendly as possible. Our offers can improve your personal ecological balance sheet decisively. Because it‘s only a small step for each individual. But together we are always one step ahead.

  • Only take sustainable or environmentally friendly giveaways with you from the fair.
  • Return your general information materials at the exit so that other visitors can reuse them.
  • Refrain from using disposable plastics! With your own drinking cup, you can use the IFAT drinking water dispensers free of charge.

How to make your IFAT presentation even more environmentally friendly.

Help us make IFAT environmentally friendly and set an example with your trade fair presentation. Give the IFAT visitors the opportunity to receive eco-friendly information material and giveaways. Support the potential of your innovation by using resources responsibly during your trade fair presentation.

Travel in a climate-friendly way or support a climate and environmental protection project. Our CO2 calculator will help you.

  • Join us in implementing the principle of sustainability. Sustainable stand construction makes a valuable contribution to the environmental-friendly use of resources—for example with the stand model “Wood” from our partner Meplan.
  • Restrict your equipment material such as carpets.
  • Offer your visitors regional or fair-trade products and do without disposable plastics.
  • Prevent waste and use sustainable giveaways.
  • Rely on digital information materials and limit the production of print materials.

And why not also support the Alliance for Development and Climate of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to contribute to global climate protection?

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