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The ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY FORUM, FSMS 2022, featured a packed agenda of professional meetings

June 14-16, 2022

The fourth ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY FORUM, FSMS 2022, organised by IFEMA MADRID, from 14 to 16 June, and comprising the International Urban Planning and Environment Trade Fair, TECMA; the International Recovery and Recycling Trade Fair, SRR, and the MADRID CITIES FORUM, featured a packed agenda of professional meetings, with the participation of the main associations of the different sectors represented at the event.

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Some of the main participants at the International Urban Planning and Environment Trade Fair, TECMA, included organisations such as the AFAMOUR association, manufacturers of street furniture and children's playgrounds at a national level, which organised a showroom with a selection of innovative and sustainable products from its member companies; the Association of Green Infrastructure Management Companies, ASEJA; the Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens, AEPJP; and the Technical Association for Waste Management and the Environment, ATEGRUS, which on the 15th organised its usual Silver, Gold and Platinum Broom Awards Ceremony to recognise the work different entities in the protection of the environment.

In this eighteenth Broom Awards ceremony, the awards were given to Municipalities, Councils, Town Councils, Autonomous Regions, Companies and Universities from Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru and El Salvador, in recognition of their efforts in spreading good practices in waste management and urban cleaning, as well as the implementation of projects and the development of technologies that enable the sustainable management of our Environment. The event was chaired by Marta Peña Jaramillo, Head of International Cooperation and Education of the Mexican Embassy in Spain, who was accompanied by Lola González, Director of TECMA; Jesús Diz, President of ANEPMA, and Rafael Apraiz, President of ATEGRUS.

It is also worth noting the participation in TECMA, for the first time, of Red.es, an entity attached to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, through the Secretary of State for Digitisation and Artificial Intelligence, to promote the Digital Kit among participating SMEs and self-employed workers.

Professional Programme

The packed agenda of conferences that took place within the framework of the International Trade Fair for Recovery and Recycling, SRR 2022, included the 19th National Congress of Recovery and Recycling and the 4th European Recycling Conference - 15 June -, held jointly and co-organised by the Spanish Federation of Recovery and Recycling, FER - promoter of the SRR Show -, and the European Recycling Industry Confederation (EuRIC). With more than 500 congress participants, SRR 2022 hosted an event that, for the first time, combined the two largest congresses on recovery and recycling in Europe, and brought together the leading experts in the field, along with the latest advances in machinery and technology for transforming waste into resources.

The main associations in the recovery and recycling sector attended the leading trade fair for this industry in southern Europe, with a packed agenda of professional meetings, such as the Spanish Association of Paper and Cardboard Recyclers, REPACAR, which analysed recycling data and its contribution to the Circular Economy model; the Spanish Association of Scrapping and Automotive Recycling, AEDRA; the National Glass Recycling Association, ANAREVI, and the Spanish Association for the Environmental Treatment of End-of-Life Vehicles, SIGRAUTO.

On 13 and 14 June, SIGRAUTO organised two major events attended by around 300 people, mainly from Authorised Treatment Centres (CATs), together with representatives of vehicle manufacturers and importers, shredders, recyclers and public authorities. On the 13th, the second SIGRAUTO Awards Ceremony for Innovation in Recovery took place, for 2020 (it had to be postponed due to the pandemic), awarding the projects TKNOWCAT from Reciclatges Escolano -first prize-; AWARE, from the Joint Institute CIRCE-University of Saragossa -second prize-, and Used World Parts (third prize). The awards for the 2022 ceremony went to the project of the Association for Research and Industrial Cooperation of Andalusia (AICIA); REMINE, presented by Grúas y Desguaces Sant Jordi, and RECYCLABS, by Recycle Car.

Likewise, SIGRAUTO organised its 9th National Meeting on the Management and Recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles, where the main changes that the European Commission plans to introduce in the future regulations governing the management of end-of-life vehicles were discussed.

. MADRID CITIES FORUM

The MADRID CITIES FORUM was one of the key events for reviewing urban planning and increasing habitability, one of the greatest challenges faced by the various municipalities. To this end, the FORUM addressed important issues such as the 2030 Agenda, urban diversity, clean and innovative mobility, participation and proximity, human well-being and health, climate change and resilience, housing and rehabilitation, culture and urban tourism, public space and regeneration, and urban networks.

At the MADRID 2022 CITIES FORUM, 260 speakers took part and more than 70 Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American cities took part in the four discussion sessions, in which more than 50 round tables were held and 24 urban issues were addressed in four areas of debate: urban planning; renaturalisation; cities to live in; and circular economy. In total, there were 1,007 attendees (12% of the visitors to WSFSM). In addition, more than 50 collaborating organisations took part in the numerous exhibitions and parallel events, including the first Tree Award ceremony -15 June-, the award going to the city of Salamanca, in recognition of its work in the field of Urban Nature and new management of green spaces, with a special mention for the town of Cieza in Murcia.

The MADRID CITIES FORUM enjoyed the direct collaboration of the Madrid City Council and the involvement of organisations such as the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, FEMP; the Biodiversity Foundation; the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities, UCCI; the European Commission and UN-Habitat, among others. It also received main sponsorship from FCC Medio Ambiente, PreZero España and Iberdrola, and thematic sponsorship from Ecoembes and the Madrid Business Forum.

The professionals also had the opportunity to visit the second "Tecma Verde" Exhibition of Good Urban Practices, a compendium of some twenty projects focused on improving urban spaces in areas such as renaturalisation, urban planning and the Circular Economy. Several of these projects came from the exhibition organised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects, IFLA.

Meanwhile, the Circular Economy Working Group, made up of some twenty organisations, presented its 2022 document in one of the three sessions held on the Circular Economy. On this occasion, the document focused on how to improve waste collection in our cities.

Fifth MADRID CITIES FORUM

Date: 14 to 16 June. From 10:30 am to 7:00 pm

Venue: Recinto Ferial IFEMA de MADRID

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