calendar 21.12. 2015

In the centre of innovation and energy efficiency

Many people had high hopes, only a few actually believed it: in mid-December 2015, all 195 states finally reached a joint climate agreement – undoubtedly an historical event. However, the second step must now follow: concrete implementation. In this context, important solutions on cutting CO2 emissions can not only be found in power generation or the industrial sector but also very specifically in our own four walls.

This was also shown by the exhibition accompanying the 21st climate conference, Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris. In addition to many companies which presented their energy-saving concepts, research projects and sustainable solutions, ista explained the subject of consumption transparency to the visitors.

During the major event, COP21, the battle against climate change became visible on the streets of Paris. Numerous campaigns in and around Paris, such as solar-driven street lights where people could also charge their mobile phones at the same time, repeatedly drew the attention of residents and tourists to the fact that we can all do something against climate change. And what’s more: we can only do that together. On a broad front as well as in our everyday environments.

The exhibition which accompanied the climate summit offered a diversity of approaches to this: an exhibition of innovative products and potential solutions for climate protection, the environment and sustainability.

“Topics that affect and concern us all. Whether young or old, alternative or conservative: every kind of clientele was represented at Solutions COP21 and that’s exactly what provided the charm of the event in the imposing glass exhibition building, the Grand Palais, which was built for the Universal Exposition in the 19th century, creating an exciting contrast between old and new,” reports Christelle Protat, Communications Manager at ista France, who looked after the fair stand, among other things.

We can all do something against climate change. And what’s more: we can only do that together. On a broad front as well as in our everyday environments.

The visitors were not put off by the recent events in Paris, the terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015. Even though it became slightly worrying when the numerous security guards ushered out environmentalists who wanted to clearly voice their demands in spite of the ban on demonstrations and then, for security reasons, blocked the access to the building for three hours.

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The French President on a tour of the exhibition in front of the ista stand.

The exhibition was dominated by innovation. That ranged from car glass repairs and photovoltaic systems to energy-efficient solutions for various branches of industry.

Numerous people will therefore probably have been slightly uncomfortable. However, the visitor figures do not reflect that: almost 42,000 visitors came to the exhibition, which only opened its doors to invited guests in the morning but was accessible to all in the afternoon. Companies such as Coca Cola and L’Oreal exhibited their sustainable products and initiatives, organisations such as the WWF presented their research projects and companies like Tesla provided information on their latest products.

The exhibition was dominated by innovation. That ranged from car glass repairs and photovoltaic systems to energy-efficient solutions for various branches of industry. The eye-catcher of the exhibition was undoubtedly the futuristic model of a driverless electric car which had been produced in a cooperation project between Dassault Systems and an engineering consortium. To touch and climb into, it demonstrated what our cars will look like in the not too distant future. Regardless of whom you asked about the most memorable innovations of the exhibition: the driverless car was always mentioned.

ista in the centre for innovation and energy efficiency

Dario Cohen, Senior Vice President Corporate Marketing and Business Development at ista and speaker at the COP21 on the subject of the “intelligent building” is also impressed. He proudly shows photos of the exhibition and the futuristic vehicle, which was on exhibit at the joint stand of ista, Dassault Systems, Suez and some others. “There, we were able to show people that they can not only save energy with electric cars but can also do some good for the environment,” Dario Cohen explains. “With simple means, such as control over your own water and heating consumption in the household, you can considerably cut your consumption and make your own contribution to greater sustainability.”

And that’s exactly what the CEO of ista France, Laurent Sireix, made clear in his web conference during which, together with Christian Harquet from Valophis, he answered questions from the public at a panel discussion. Independent of politics, the climate conference and global climate goals, ista was one of many exhibitors to therefore convey the clear message: we can all save energy and do something for the environment, we just have to systematically start doing so.

Picture credits: ista