Pollutec 2013: Driving forward eco transition

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Pollutec Horizons runs from 3 to 6 December in Paris. As Europe’s eco-technology event in 2013, it represents an important milestone on the road to environmental and energy transition. Covering the full array of themes, it is of relevance to a broader and broader range of professionals, says Stephanie Gay-Torrente, deputy director, Pollutec.

Pollutec Horizons is very much a general show and it deals with all the themes associated with eco technologies, energy and sustainable development: air quality, recycling and the exploitation of waste for raw materials, water treatment and saving, instrumentation, energy efficiency, the exploitation of waste for energy, risk management, the preservation of biodiversity, corporate responsibility and responsible purchasing, and all viewed from the perspective or research and innovation. 

As a platform that brings a wide array of industries and channels together, the show is more than ever acting as a nursery for emerging professions and technologies. 

It has always been a groundbreaking show and continues to be so by providing a stage for numerous promising start-ups in such developing sectors as biogas, ecological engineering or corporate responsibility. 

In parallel to this sector-based approach, the show is highlighting three major transverse themes: the sustainable city, sustainable industry and, for the first time, hospitals and sustainable development. 

It is also organising two professional clusters: engineering and commerce and distribution. 

Finally, South Korea is the show’s country of the year and its presence is being coordinated by two of the country’s leading institutions in the field: the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI and the Korean Environmental Preservation Association (KEPA). 

Eco innovation event

Over four days, Pollutec Horizons will unveil the latest advances in research and innovative solutions across a range of environment and energy sectors. 

The launches being planned are very much in line with 2013 trends: improved knowledge, improved management, improved production and improved treatment. 

Visitors to the show will discover around a 100 eco innovations on the stands of individual exhibitors and in the joint venture pavilions. 

Also awaiting discovery are the Ecotech Village housing 13 French competitiveness clusters specialising in the eco technologies and their innovative start-ups and the Space Village. These will be presenting all the benefits of space technologies applied to the environment through such French organisations as the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe, the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA) and the CETE Sud-Ouest, a planning body. 

Future Investments Programme

The Future Techniques Forum will look at the Future Investments Programme being run by the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) and it will allow the winners of innovative techniques for the environment awards to present the results of their research. The LeCleantech business meetings are dedicated to young companies and investors and over their two days they will combine a conference programme and pitch sessions for start-ups and SMEs involved in the sustainable city and energy transition. 

Seven sets of awards and prizes will be presented at the show and, for the first time this year, Pollutec Horizons will welcome the winners of the Pierre Potier and ChemStartup 2013 (chemistry) awards as well as the winners of the Genopole competition (biotech).  

Sustainable city, industry and hospitals: major themes at the show

Pollutec Horizons 2013 is placing considerable emphasis on three cross-sector themes, all viewed in terms of innovation: integrated city management (sustainable city focus), the drive to improve factory performance (sustainable industry focus) and the importance of sustainable development in healthcare establishments (hospitals and sustainable development focus). 

As part of the sustainable city focus, the show will be welcoming Vivapolis; the new umbrella brand for the international activities of the various French companies and organisations involved in urban management and development. It will have its own stand where several of the companies already referred to are expected to have a presence.

Pollutec Horizons: gateway to world markets

As the crossroads for global supply and demand in relation to sustainable development, there are already 30 countries represented through the stands of individual exhibitors and confirmed national pavilions: Argentina, Belgium/Wallonia, Canada, China, Germany/Bavaria, Japan, South Korea. 

In an interesting development this year, several international exhibitors have linked up with the biogas village, providing clear evidence for the growth of the waste to energy concept around the world. 

There is also a strong international presence in the air quality sector. More specifically, the country of the year at the show is South Korea. Within a short space of time South Korea has become the world’s 15th largest economy and its dynamic economy is heavily geared towards foreign trade and firmly committed to sustainable development. 

It will have two joint venture pavilions, an official delegation as well as several special events are being organized in close partnership with the KEITI and the KEPA. 

In parallel, several delegations from China, India, Thailand and Vietnam have been announced together with delegations from other parts of the world, such as Eastern Europe (Poland and Serbia), Africa (Sudan/Nile Basin) and Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay). 

There will also be a broadcast from the TV Studio on the green economy and business opportunities in Brazil. 

Finally, decision makers from a number of EU members as well as the United States, Japan and South Korea are expected in conjunction with the Green Business Meetings organised by the Paris Ile-de-France CCI and Enterprise Europe Network.

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