IFAT 2020: ‘Climate protection remains urgent’

Recycling more waste, using more recycled raw materials and strengthening the polluter-pays principle: putting raw materials into circulation reduces global warming gases and is a central demand of the environmental industry. The IFAT Environmental Index 2020 reflects this—the online survey was conducted among members in the network of the world’s largest trade fair for environmental technologies, which was originally scheduled to take place in May.

“Although the COVID-19 pandemic is currently pushing climate protection into the background, it is still an urgent topic—and initiatives such as the European Green Deal remain valid. One of the most promising issues is the circular economy, reducing greenhouse gases through the sustainable use of raw materials,” says Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München. “The environmental industry provides the applicable technologies, which can normally be seen at IFAT. However, to achieve a genuine circular economy it is also clear that the polluter-pays principle must be strengthened.” A demand that the IFAT Environmental Index reinforces.


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