Focussing on the unavoidable and resolutely renewed theme of low carbon in the construction sector, the 2024 edition of INTERMAT aims to be the howcase for excellence in an industry fully mobilised in the race to net zero.

This approach also applies to the exhibition, which is making its own commitments by undertaking a range of actions in the perspective of a more responsible event. Consequently, INTERMAT invites its exhibitors and visitors to drive change themselves by applying innovative and more sustainable solutions during the course of their own participation.

INTERMAT's commitments to improve the show's environmental performance

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INTERMAT's 5 commitments to sustainability

#1 Optimise the eco-design of INTERMAT & act in favour of the circular economy

#2 Reduce the show’s carbon footprint

#3 Encourage our exhibitors to take part in our events with a CSR approach

#4 Raise visitor awareness on enjoying our events more responsibly

#5 Put on events to support the economic performance of our communities

#1 Optimise the eco-design of INTERMAT & act in favour of the circular economy

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Use eco-friendly materials

Reduce signage and favour the use of recycled and recyclable materials (printed documents, badge holders and badges)

TARGETS:

  • 40% of materials from recycled cardboard or paper
  • +20% recovery/recycling across all streams


For the construction of the show's common areas, the aim is to integrate:

  • 50% at least of the space eco-designed

Dematerialise our essential tools (interactive map, access badges)

 TARGET:

  • Cut printing by 50%, leading to savings of more than 3 tonnes of paper.
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Provide self-service water fountains in the show's public areas

TARGETS:

  • 20 fountains spread across the show
  • 20 fountains already installed in the exhibition centre

Improve communication on waste sorting towards our exhibitions and visitors

TARGET :

  • Messages sent out before the show.
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#2 Reduce the show's carbon footprint

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Apply the energy sobriety plan

  • Reduce heating by 10% compared with the previous show.
  • Switch off equipment outside opening hours.
  • Favour non-continuous electricity supply where possible.
  • Turn off equipment when not in use.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs by LEDs.

Encouraging eco-responsibletravel to the show

  • Introduce electric shuttles between the airport and the exhibition centre
  • Use a small electric train to take people around the show.
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#3 Encourage our exhibitors to take part in our events with a CSR approch

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  • Organise an Eco-friendly Participation Award
  • Offer reusable stands or eco-designed fitted stands (reused structure, hired furniture, LED lighting, carpet tiles)
  • Offer access to a responsible material library
  • Pool orders of glasses, bottles and cups that are reusable, made in France, recycled or recyclable.
  • Pool the transport of stand supplies for stand set-up and dismantling

#4 Raise visitor awareness on enjoying our events more responsibly

  • Publicise our responsible approach and sustainable actions implemented ahead of the show
  • Promote the eco-attitudes to adopt as part of their attendance
  • Partnership with BlaBlaCar to encourage carpooling
  • Organise talks on CSR themes as part of the show
  • People with a disability: specific reception and personal services (loan of a manual wheelchair, hotline for access from car parks)
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#5 Put on events to support the economic performance of our communities

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  • Create an employment-focussed meeting zone Organise job dating sessions for companies from the sector that offer good recruitment opportunities, in particular towards the younger generation.
  • Highlight the action plans of construction companies Enable companies from the construction sector to present their action plans to deal with labour shortages, their proactive training policy, and the wide range of job disciplines that they offer.
  • Set up partnerships with schools and colleges Help students get started in their career (free entry) and enable companies to meet qualified young talent.

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CSR Trophy for Eco-Responsible participation

Open to all exhibitors registered at INTERMAT, the aim of the award is to distinguish two companies from the construction sector for their contributions to reducing their environmental impact and optimising their social and economic impact during an event.

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