IFES at BOE International 2024EuroShop 2023IFES World Summit in SingaporeData gathering

The “Sustainable Stand Best Practice Area” at BOE 2024 showcased what can be achieved when materials are reused. Not only did Octanorm provide second-use aluminium frames, but Moss contributed previously used fabric walls from recycled ocean plastic. Even the catering by Lemonpie Eventcatering and its partner PappStar was sustainable, realising a complete cradle-to-cradle approach for plates and silverware.

The IFES booth itself, also using Octanorm’s aluminium frames and recycled fabric walls by Moss, was additionally equipped with Montecolino’s recyclable carpet and its eventual outcome, cardboard flatpack furniture. The economical column of sustainability was also addressed by the collaboration and sponsorship of BOE international, Holtmann+, and The Inside StandBouw, which enabled us to promote other sustainability initiatives, like NZCE and our ISO 20121 convoy.

A booth dedicated solely to the topic of sustainability at Trade Fairs demonstrated the different processes around an exhibition booth from a new perspective, showcasing best practices from planning & conception, logistics, implementation, catering, and smart waste management. This was a partner initiative between .fwd, IFES and Messe Dusseldorf itself.

Global Village

Using mainly reusable, or at least recycled and recyclable materials for the IFES Global Village Booth at EuroShop 23, enabled the building of a 500 sqm booth with only 16 tons of CO2 emissions. Those were completely offset with gold standard certificates supporting a windfarm project in Turkey.

The 500 sqm carpet from Montecolino was completely recycled and is now used as cardboard flatpack furniture.

In addition to choosing an ISO 14001 certified hotel in Singapore, IFES made use of onsite meeting rooms to tremendously reduce the amount of transportation required during the conference.

With multiple sessions, presentations, and panels, much of the program unpacked sustainability approaches in Singapore and South-East Asia raising awareness around what can and has been done.

IFES also emphasized a healthy lifestyle, organising a guided morning run around the Marina Bay area, a Tai Chi break, and a very active tourist program at the end of the World Summit. While the one group participating in the tourist program explored different green aspects of Singapore by bike, the others even contributed to it by fishing and collecting sea plastic around the city.

The International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services (IFES) is assisting Richmond University in London with the elaboration of representative research which aims to analyze ESG motivators within the industry. After conducting multiple focus groups among IFES members the scientists developed a survey which has now been sent to all the different stakeholders around the IFES community for their input. We eagerly await the results of this first comparative analysis within our industry.


Sustainability successes
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