IFAT CHINA 2010: Environmental technologies for green cities
• China planning measures to promote green cities
Next year in Shanghai, World Expo 2010 and the fourth edition of the environmental-technology fair IFAT CHINA begin at almost the same time. There are also similarities in the themes of the two events: The Expo theme "Better city, better life" implies making ecological advancements in megacities in China and around the world. And IFAT CHINA, which is being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from May 4 – 6, revolves around the technologies and services that are needed to do so.
Eugen Egetenmeir, a member of the Management Board at Messe München International, sees the World Expo and IFAT China as two events that are mutually beneficial to one another. "While Expo showcases visions and concept ideas for sustainable urban development, our exhibitors present the equipment and state-of-the-art technology that are needed for environmental solutions."
World Expo 2010, which is being held in the Chinese megacity of Shanghai from May 1 – October 31, 2010, is expected to be an event of superlatives. With more than 200 participating countries and at least 70 million expected guests, it will surpass all dimensions known to date. The slogan "Better city, better life" calls for concepts for sustainable urban development that, above all, take ecological aspects into account in addition to cultural and social ones.
Because of Expo, the host city of Shanghai is supposed to become greener and cleaner than ever. According to Germany Trade & Invest (Germany's former Federal Agency for Foreign Trade), the business center will spend the equivalent of ten billion Euros on environmental projects during the current fourth Environment Investment Plan, which covers the years 2008 to 2010.
The Middle Kingdom has also discovered energy-efficient buildings. One project that is attracting a great deal of attention among the general public is a 310-meter skyscraper in the southern Chinese province capital of Guangzhou, which is supposed to generate all of its energy itself. The Pearl River Tower will be equipped with wind turbines, solar panels and fuel cells. Design by a Chicago-based architectural firm for the Guangdong Tobacco Company, the building is supposed to be finished in October of this year.
When it comes to sewage treatment, the largest investment programs are in China's rich booming cities. One current large-scale project is the modernization of the Shanghai Bailonggang Sludge Treatment Works. It is currently the largest sewage-treatment plant in Asia and has a daily throughput of two million cubic meters during construction. Two German environmental-technology specialists are extremely involved in the 48-million-Euro project, i.e. plant builders Passavant Roediger in Hanau and Andritz Fliessbett Systeme in Ravensburg.
About IFAT CHINA
IFAT CHINA is the most comprehensive trade fair showcasing practical solutions in the areas of water supply, sewage treatment, waste disposal, recycling, air pollution control, environmental technology and more environmentally compatible energy sources in Asia. The event provides a business and networking platform for industry professionals from China and around the globe. It is accompanied by a high-calibre technical and scientific conference program. IFAT CHINA set a new record in 2008, attracting 362 exhibitors from 25 countries and over 10,500 visitors from 72 countries. The 4th International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, Recycling and Natural Energy Sources, takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in China from 4 to 6 May 2010.
Additional information is available at www.ifat-china.com
About Messe München GmbH
Messe München International (MMI) is one of the world’s leading trade-fair organizers. It organizes around 40 trade fairs for capital and consumer goods, and key high-tech industries. Each year over 30,000 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, and over two million visitors from more than 200 countries take part in the events in Munich. In addition, MMI organises trade fairs in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and South America. With six subsidiaries abroad - in Europe and in Asia - and with 66 foreign representatives serving 89 countries, MMI has a truly global network.