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
  • 220,000 m² of green area
  • Trade fair center heated with geothermal energy
  • Energy supply with 100 % green electricity
  • 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
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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:

Climate-friendly stand construction

  • We make more out of less! We conserve resources thanks to not using aisle carpets.
  • We produce our forums as well as the special areas Start-Ups and Circular Economy Mineral Resources from sustainable, resource-saving materials.
  • Our partner Meplan has CO₂-neutral exhibition stands. The stand model “Wood” additionally offers opportunities for a more sustainable stand construction.

Eco-friendly infrastructure

  • The easy access to public transport allows you to get to IFAT in an environmentally friendly way.
  • You can refuel your electric car at almost 50 charging stations on the exhibition grounds.
  • Sustainable waste management: we dispose of waste resulting from construction and dismantling as commercial waste for recycling  recyclable materials can thus be returned to the economic cycle.

Sustainable advertising materials

  • We reduce our print circulations and are constantly optimizing our digital advertising media.
  • For our printed advertising materials, we only use FSC-certified recycled paper.
  • We print our materials in a climate-neutral way.
  • We deliberately cooperate with printing companies that commit to the principle of sustainability.

Valuable partnerships

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.

  • Offset the carbon footprint of your travel to and from IFAT with our GoGreen visitor ticket.
  • Choose environmentally friendly means of transport for your journey or form carpools.
  • Take advantage of our paperless offers in the IFAT App.
  • Take only sustainable or environmentally friendly giveaways from the show, if any.

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.

  • Sustainable stand construction makes a valuable contribution to the environmentally friendly use of resources—for example with the stand model "Wood" from our partner Meplan.
  • Restrict your equipment material such as carpets as far as possible.
  • Offer your visitors regional or fair-trade products.
  • Prevent waste and use sustainable giveaways.
  • Rely on digital information materials.
  • Please remember: avoidance goes before compensation: “Do your best and compensate the rest!”
  • Have the emissions value of your trade fair presentation analyzed with our GoGreen CO₂ Audit.
  • Offset your trade fair presentation with a high-quality myclimate climate protection project and make an additional contribution to global development assistance.

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