Energy Storage Europe and its accompanying conferences took first place in 2012. It was the first time that Messe Düsseldorf picked up a subject which is of major global importance to any sustainable energy management. Efficient storage technologies are key to a turnaround in energy policy. By organising Energy Storage Europe, and as founding members of the German Energy Storage Association (BVES), we have helped to bring together research and industry, in order to develop practical solutions. The key issue at Energy Storage Europe is how to store energy, using all types of technology, including electrical, electrochemical, thermal, chemical and mechanical methods. It’s an area where flexible sector coupling is becoming increasingly important.
The growth of this trade fair and its conferences over the last years show that the topic continues to be highly relevant and that there is a great need for discussion forums and presentation platforms for innovative technologies. The production and storage of energy – particularly renewable energies – is a topic which is discussed by scientists and politicians throughout the world. Messe Düsseldorf has therefore exported its successful concept of Energy Storage Europe to other countries, where, in collaboration with expert partners, the concept is being adapted to local situations where it is being further developed. This has led to the World of Energy Storage, with Energy Storage China, Energy Storage North America, Energy Storage India and the Energy Storage Summit in Japan.
Sustainability initiatives for individual trade fairs
SAVE FOOD is a joint initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH against worldwide food losses and waste. One third of all food is wasted or lost throughout the world, and the SAVE FOOD initiative has set itself the aim of reducing this figure for both humanitarian and environmental reasons. After all, the annual volume of greenhouse gases created in the production, processing, transportation and storage of unconsumed food is 3.3 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent, i.e. about half of the annual emissions produced both by China and the United States, respectively. Moreover, food waste comes third after China and the United States as one of the biggest greenhouse gas producers in the world, and such gases reach the atmosphere without being any use to anyone.
SAVE FOOD seeks to network between the relevant players in business, government and research, encourage dialogue and help to find solutions along the food value chain. Another aim is to initiate and promote special SAVE FOOD projects with support from industry.
SAVE FOOD was launched in Düsseldorf in May 2011 with an international convention and an exhibition as part of interpack, the world's leading trade fair in the packaging industry and the related processing industry.
So far, the initiative has been joined by more than 1,000 partners. They include groups of companies, SMEs, industry associations, research establishments and NGOs from the entire range of the food value chain.
It is by no means a secret that sustainability, the saving of resources and energy efficiency are among the current trends in the foundry and metalworking sectors – two industries which require a considerable amount of energy. For user industries, modern technologies that save resources and ensure energy efficiency are major criteria in the selection of contractors for investment projects. Messe Düsseldorf realised this fact as early as 2011 and used it as a starting point for a special campaign to highlight companies which excel through innovative solutions involving environment-friendly business practises and manufacturing methods. In 2015, 24 companies took part in the ecoMetals campaign at GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST, under the motto: “Efficient Process Solutions”. Messe Düsseldorf also ran guided tours of the highlights featured by ecoMetals participants.
boot, the most important watersports trade fair in the world, seeks to bring together industry, science and society, so that they can present joint solutions for the sustainable management of our environment and waters. They have therefore provided a platform for the German Ocean Foundation and the Monegasque Prince Albert II Foundation, where they can showcase their involvement in the sustainable development of international waters. The initiative centres around the Love Your Ocean stand, with exciting and interesting hands-on activities and information on different aspects of water protection. The Love Your Ocean initiative runs under the sponsorship of the well-known British sailor and ocean activist Emily Penn.
In addition, and to continue promoting the protection of oceans and other water, boot Düsseldorf has accepted sponsorship of an exhibition entitled Sea and Humans at the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum in Düsseldorf.
Energy efficiency in production has been a central theme at all industrial trade fairs for many years. It can be found both in the technological innovations of individual exhibitors and in the conventions and conferences held alongside the various trade fairs. Working together with professional associations, we have been initiating talks and discussions at forums such as the drupa cube, or the special show Plastics Shape the Future at the plastics trade fair K. Thematic highlights are put in place and innovations are linked together at special shows. These include, for instance, innovationparc packaging at interpack, with packaging models and solutions to help reduce food losses and waste, and ECOpark at EuroShop, a show that highlights the question of energy efficiency in the retail trade.
Founded in 1996, the nonprofit organisation PRO DÜSSELDORF set up a spring cleaning activity called Dreck-weg-Tag (“rubbish disposal day”) in 1999, which was subsequently imitated in many other German cities. PRO DÜSSELDORF sees itself as an independent initiator and provider of ideas that represents a broad section of society. By organising opportunities for active participation, PRO DÜSSELDORF encourages Düsseldorf’s citizens to take the initiative and get involved.