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EUROFORUM Deutschland SE: Facility management can distinguish itself through energy efficiency
- The market for energy and resource efficiency continues to grow
- FM suppliers require business models and solutions from a single source
- Sustainability and energy management are the focus of EFMC 2012
The market potential for energy-efficient services and products in the real estate sector is growing continuously. According to a study by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, a new and promising leading market for energy and resource efficiency in building management is establishing itself in Germany. Annual growth of 6.5 per cent is expected up to 2020. This growth is set to open up great opportunities, as well as challenges, for the Facility Management (FM) sector - both in Germany and on an international stage. In order to optimally benefit from this increasing demand, real estate service providers and FM suppliers need to develop and offer new business models and solutions from a single source, according to the study. The study also indicates that an integrated policy for optimising efficiency has only rarely occurred up to now.
Energy and environmental management is also a major focus of the European Facility Management Conference (EFMC), which takes place between 23 and 25 May 2012 in Copenhagen. Under the motto "Global responsibility - local acting", the international congress trade fair will present the latest findings from business and research in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainability and triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, building operation, FM organisation, workplace concepts, risk and crisis management in FM, information and communication technology and the European FM standard (efmc-conference.com). Over 50 speakers from Europe and further abroad will talk at the event, including the keynote speaker Jeff Gravenhorst, CEO of the ISS Group. ISS is supporting EFMC 2012 as its Platinum Sponsor, while the event's Gold Sponsor is the company Sodexo. EFMC is being organised by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the European Facility Management Network (EuroFM). The local host of this year's conference is Dansk Facilities Management Netværk (DFM), while other cooperation partners include the Centre for Facilities Management (CFM) from the Technical University of Denmark, the Danish Industry Association (DI), the Danish Association of Building Experts, Managers and Surveyors (KF), the Danish Property Federation (DPF), the Danish Association of Construction Clients (DACC), as well as the Danish Purchasing and Logistics Forum (DILF).
EFMC 2012 will present an expanded concept this year that is larger, more interactive and even more practically relevant than ever before. It combines both practical aspects and scientific approaches to FM in the Business Conference and the Research Symposium, while the Round Tables and Speakers' Corners promote the area of networking. The new concept increases the quality and international scope of the congress trade fair, where relevant exhibitors will also be presenting their services. A variety of specialist excursions will be offered during the day on 23 May, before the organiser invites guests to a welcome reception at Copenhagen Town Hall during the evening. The conference and trade exhibition on 24 and 25 May will be held in the Bella Center, one of the most modern trade fair and congress centres in Europe. On the evening of 24 May, the FM awards will be presented in multiple categories as part of a gala dinner held at the Danish National Museum. The large specialist and supporting programmes at EFMC offer visitors the opportunity to increase knowledge, exchange experiences and enjoy social events over the three days, as well as the chance to get to know what is regarded as a particularly advanced Nordic FM concept in a Scandinavian country. Further information is available at www.efmc-conference.com.
European Facility Management Conference (EFMC)
23 to 25 May 2012, Copenhagen
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