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. We now go one step further and are developing ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE into the Expo for Decarbonised Industries as the platform for climate neutrality in industry and commerce. In addition to a wide variety of storage solutions it offers industry and commerce a hitherto unseen cross-section of products and solutions as well as consulting options for decarbonisation. The consistent further development of ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE into decarbXpo reflects the fundamental transition underway in industry, politics, NGOs and society since climate neutrality and decarbonisation are two of the mega trends for tomorrow’s industry. Also playing a crucial role here will be power-to-X technologies and products, which is why we have signed an agreement with the Power-to-X for Applications working party of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). With the help of the VDMA’s expertise and contacts in the industry we can strengthen the trade fair ranges revolving around green hydrogen and power-to-X, while also developing the Expo for Decarbonised Industries > ENERGY STORAGE (decarbXpo) into the leading trade fair for power-to-X technologies and products. Furthermore, decarbXpo will feature a high-quality conference and forum programme that combines hands-on technical forums with the world-leading scientific International Energy Storage Conference (IRES) by EUROSOLAR. decarbXpo 2022 will be held at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre from 20 – 22 September.
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 (UN Environment) 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 no secret that sustainability, saving resources and energy efficiency are among the current trends in the energy-intensive foundry and metallurgy industries. For user industries, the latest resource-saving technologies and energy-efficiency solutions play a prominent role in investment decisions. So as early as 2011 Messe Düsseldorf initiated the “ecoMetals” campaign in cooperation with the leading metallurgy trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST to recognise stand-out companies boasting innovative solutions for environmentally aware processes and manufacturing. In 2015 and 2019 24 enterprises took part in the ecoMetals Campaign by GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST; they were grouped in two so-called Trails and introduced to visitors during regular guided tours. Serving as the central point of contact and departure was an ecoMetals stand at the Nord Entrance. Furthermore, the stands of participating companies were signposted with the ecoMetals logo flagging up to all interested parties that sustainable products, processes and technologies were presented there.
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. Since 2018 boot Düsseldorf has also presented the annual “ocean tribute Award” together with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the German Maritime Foundation. Doted with prize money of € 20,000 this award serves to support projects aimed at making a clear and continuous improvement to the cleanliness of our oceans and waterways with the greatest possible impact involving as many people as possible. Making another statement as regards sustainability, boot Düsseldorf and the European Boating Industry (EBI) will initiate a new platform at boot from its next edition in January 2023: the “Blue Innovation Dock”. BID will bring together enterprises, visionaries, investors and politicians to discuss steps to promote sustainable development within the industry to make it fit for the future. Alongside its commitment during the trade fair itself, and to continue promoting the protection of oceans and other water all year round, 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.