POLLUTEC 2003 – The Global Environment Technology Show


This year, Pollutec (December 2-5 in Paris) will be the only global environment event. Therefore, it is a must for environment professionals, manufacturers or local authority managers. The 19th Pollutec will host some 1,600 exhibitors, including 30% from abroad, and over 40,000 trade visitors, 15% of whom are foreigners.

The basis for its success is the comprehensive range of technological solutions spanning all sectors of the environment, an outstanding programme of meetings covering topical concerns and a multitude of opportunities for exchanges and contacts.

A Unique Range of Solutions

Occupying 60,000 m², the show will over a complete panorama of equipment and services for the prevention and treatment of all types of pollution.

As always, the water and waste/recycling sectors will be predominant, accounting for 70% of the exhibition space on their own, but the show will also devote a great deal of space to themes such as air, renewable sources of energy, the decontamination of polluted sites and soils, analysis/ measurement/ monitoring, industrial cleaning, risk prevention and management, coastal protection and development, noise and many more.

As well as all the major French players in the environment, ranging from innovative SMEs to major international groups, large numbers of foreign exhibitors will be at the show. By 15th June, 11 countries had already confirmed major national stands. These included numerous regulars such as Germany with 3 regions (Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate), Austria, Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels Capital), Canada, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Poland and the USA as well as two newcomers: Algeria and Russia (Institute of Ecotechnologies). For the first time, at the instigation of Senegal, Pollutec will also host a NEPAD (New Partnership for African Development) pavilion, which will present a selection of environment projects in member countries: Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa…

Numerous foreign companies will also be exhibiting on their own individual stands. A total of some 500 foreign companies are expected at Pollutec.

An exceptional international programme

Changes in regulations, benefits of new techniques, user reports - Pollutec will also provide professionals with an opportunity to keep abreast of what is happening in the environment through the numerous scheduled meetings. The programme is more international than ever, with ten conferences or meetings aimed at an international audience having already been announced:

  • AGHTM-EWA (European Water Association) conference on “The operation and maintenance of drinking water and sewage networks”
  • AGHTM-ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) conference on the “Biological management of water”
  • IOA (International Ozone Association) conference dedicated to the “Industrial applications of ozone”
  • Conference on the challenges of enlarging the European Union to include the countries of Central and Eastern Europe
  • 1st Eco-Etapes 2003 meetings organized by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and UBIFRANCE to develop technological partnerships between Latin-American, Chinese, African and European manufacturers. These meetings will also be an opportunity for UNIDO to bring together ten or so of its Clean Technology Centres.
  • Seminar on Canadian environment expertise
  • Presentations of market opportunities in various countries: Poland, Hungary, South Korea

Algeria, country of the year at the show

2003 is the year of Algeria in France and at Pollutec this takes the form of a special welcome for this friend and partner. The aim is to develop Franco-Algerian co-operation, especially in the water sector, where an estimated Euro 3.3 billion of investment is required.

The show will host a major Algerian delegation led by the Minister of Water Resources, an Algerian pavilion that includes the leading organizations involved in the management of water, as well as round tables on the needs and expectations of Algeria in terms of partnerships/contracts for the management of networks, the financing of projects and the training of personnel, individual meeting with leading French water operators and multi-sector technology meetings

A new European innovation prize

It is at Pollutec, a show case for technological innovation, that the winners of the EEP Award 2003 – Environmental Innovation for Europe – will be announced. Organized by the European Environmental Press (EEP) association, which comprises 13 European environment magazines, with the support of the EFAEP (European Federation of Associations of Environmental Professionals), this new prize is designed to recognize the efforts of European companies who, through their technological innovations, have helped to improve the environment.

Thanks to a highly international programme, but also even greater promotional efforts, Pollutec expects to welcome large numbers of delegations this year from Europe, including the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, North and Sub-Saharan (Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso) Africa, Canada, Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile…) and Asia (China and South Korea). In order to maximize the benefit of visiting Pollutec several services have been introduced:

  • Before the show: My Pollutec, a new personalized visit service on the pollutec.com web site.
  • On site: an International Reception Area, which offers the advice of French experts in exports and the environment; a bilingual visitor guide (French/English), highlighting all the show events as well as the most striking innovations.

Source: ADEME

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