The ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY FORUM, FSMS, organized by IFEMA, at the Madrid Fair, between June 13 and 15, closed its third edition with a significant increase in the number of participants and scheduled activities compared to the previous edition . There were about 10,900 participants in FSMS 2018, of which 6% were of foreign origin from 51 different countries. This means that the great environmental sustainability event grew 4.7% compared to the last edition in 2016.
FSMS joined the 19th International Fair of Urban Planning and the Environment, TECMA; the 6th International Recovery and Recycling Fair, SRR; the third Professional Salon of Cleaning and Hygiene, ESCLEAN, and the third edition of the FORUM OF THE CITIES OF MADRID, in addition to another half a dozen events. In total, the event was attended by 243 exhibitors with 319 companies represented and 145 brands, from 20 countries.
The growth of participants in FSMS, which coincided with the GENERA Fair, was common to the competitions that made up this call: SRR grew by 9.7%, TECMA did it by 3.7% and ESCLEAN maintained its figures two years ago.
Attendance at the FORUM OF THE CITIES OF MADRID is summarized in its 206 speakers and about 1,000 visitors. Likewise, more than 60 collaborating entities participated, with the special presence of the Madrid City Council. The FORUM was closed on Friday the 15th by Daniel Calleja, General Director of the Environment of the European Commission.
The 2018 edition of FSMS had several positive readings. The first is that the increase in participants, both exhibitors and visitors, reflects that the activity sectors represented in FSMS are returning to the path of stability after the years of crisis. Both urban services such as recovery, recycling and professional cleaning show economic growth figures, which has been demonstrated in the amount of news presented by the exhibitors, many of which have an important innovation component, an element that comes to ratify its commitment to investment in R + D + i and environmentally sustainable solutions. In fact, the Fair selected 32 innovative products among all the novelties presented, which were part of an exhibition with explanatory panels of each of them. The set of more than 80 novelties can also be found in the News and Innovation Guide available on the FSMS website.
The second conclusion is that the more than 10,900 participants showed a growing interest in the offer of products and services shown by the exhibitors, something that could be verified by the large influx of public to the stands and to the events organized by the exhibiting companies. The improvement of services for the city claimed by local administrations and the citizens themselves, the new recovery and recycling formats under the criteria of Circular Economy and the perception of environmental sustainability as a factor of competitiveness in professional cleaning have made the exhibiting companies give a very remarkable qualitative leap in these last two years.
FSMS and the FORUM OF THE CITIES OF MADRID were inaugurated by Marta Higueras, Vice Mayor of Madrid; accompanied by the Director General of IFEMA, Eduardo López-Puertas; Juan Ávila, General Secretary of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, FEMP; Pablo Martínez, General Director of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities, UCCI, and Joan Clos, former Director General of UN HABITAT.
This act opened an agenda of activities that were developed in parallel to the exhibition areas of TECMA, SRR and ESCLEAN. On the same day, the program of the First Symposium on Professional and Sustainable Cleaning began, in collaboration with the magazine Limpiezas; the Conference on Circular Economy in SRR, with organizations such as ANAREVI, REPACAR, ANAVAM AND RCD, and the VII Meeting of Management and Recycling of Vehicles Out of Use, organized by the Spanish Association for the Environmental Treatment of Vehicles Out of Use, SIGRAUTO.
On the 13th in the afternoon from 8:00 p.m., a reception was held at the Madrid City Council for the speakers and organizations participating in the FORUM OF THE CITIES OF MADRID, in which Roberto Sánchez, General Director of Innovation and Promotion from the City of Madrid City Council, and Lola González, Director of FSMS, welcomed the representatives of the more than 60 cities participating in the FORUM.