IFAT opening

Opening panel at IFAT

"Rethink - reduce - recycle plastic" - this was the motto of the opening of the world's leading trade fair IFAT at the forum water / sewage (Hall B2).

It is clear that many different actions and actors are needed to stop the pollution of oceans and inland waters by plastic and to initiate a trend reversal.

On May 14, 2018 IFAT brought the most important actors from politics, research and industry onto the stage. The world’s leading trade fair for environmental technology was opened in the forum water / sewage in Hall B2 by

  • Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety


  • Dr. Marcel Huber, MdL, Bavarian State Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection

The opening was followed by a high-level panel discussion entitled "Rethink - reduce - recycle plastic: innovative solutions to protect our rivers and oceans". How can we manage the (micro) plastic quantities in oceans and rivers? Which medium and long-term solutions are there? What can environmental technology do?


Dirk Steffens

Dirk Steffens

Dirk Steffens has been a German TV presenter of Science Documentaries and Reports for German Television ‚ZDF' since 2008. He is involved as WWF ambassador, an ambassador of the Jane Goodall Institute and he is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Palau. Since June 2015, he is also is a member of the board of trustees of the Senckenberg Society for Natural History.

Dirk Steffens CV


Emily Penn, Earth Changer, Ocean Advocate

Emily Penn

Emily Penn has spent the last decade exploring plastic pollution from the tropics to the Arctic. Emily is on a mission to inspire and facilitate a community of changemakers through her brand eXXpedition, and by training top athletes and celebrities to be impactful advocates on ocean issues. Emily developing upstream solutions to the ocean plastic issue with corporate partners such as adidas and Corona, scientists and government bodies.

Emily Penn CV

James Carnes, Vice President Brand Strategy Global, adidas

James Carnes

After many years as Creative Director at adidas, James became VP of Brand Strategy and Open Source Collaborations. He is tasked with leading the culture toward a new mindset of collaborative interaction with athletes, creative thinkers, and partners. Some of his recent projects include the launch of 4D with Carbon, Futurecraft Biofabric with AMSilk, and introducing Parley For the Oceans at the UN in 2015.

James Carnes CV

Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO, Aquafil S.p.A.

Giulio Bonazzi

Giulio Bonazzi is Chairman and CEO of Aquafil SpA. As an innovator, Bonazzi has transformed his family business into a sustainable, global company that processes landfill and marine waste into high-quality fibers. Today, Aquafil is a leader in the sustainable textile industry and an example of a successful circular economy.

Giulio Bonazzi CV

Dr. Kim Cornelius Detloff, Marine Biologist, Head of Marine Conservation, NABU

Kim Detloff

Dr. Kim Detloff is a member of several working groups, such as the EC's "Technical Subgroup on Marine Litter" and the "Round Table of Marine Waste", which deal with the pollution of the oceans. In 2010, Detloff presented the NABU project "Seas without plastic", which aims at environmental education and public relations. NABU supports coastal communities and fishing ports in reducing waste and focuses on preventive measures.

Dr. Kim Cornelius Detloff CV

Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann, Regional Director PlasticsEurope

Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann PlasticsEurope

Since 2011 Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann has been the Reginal Diretor for Central Europe at PlasticsEurope and represents the view of plastic producers in the discussion.

Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann CV