On 4 October, the expo hall will feature high-profile innovations relating to the following themes.
The transition towards a circular economy involves a global challenge in a range of fields, such as plastics, consumer goods, food, chemicals, and the construction sector. The Netherlands is firmly committed to this transition and aims to circularise its economy by 2050, with a 50 per cent reduction in the use of primary raw materials such as minerals, fossil resources, and metals by 2030. Such a transition calls for technological, social, and system innovations. The IE2018 shows the most innovative approaches to all these issues, initiated by the business community as well as research institutes and cities.
The Netherlands awaits a major challenge in the fields of energy and the climate. Energy consumption must be cut back substantially. By 2050, our CO2 emissions must be cut back by 95 per cent; the target for 2030 is a 49 per cent reduction. In addition, many sectors, such as electricity production, energy-intensive industries, mobility, and transport are faced with major challenges with respect to cogeneration, wind energy, solar energy, industrial high-temperature processes, rendering houses gas-free, and the storage or utilisation of CO2.
Dutch water management is world-famous; innovators take the lead in many fields. Yet major challenges await us here too. Global climate change is resulting in changing weather patterns, a rising sea level, soil subsidence, salinisation, dehydration, and increasing urban flooding. The quality of Dutch drinking and surface water is excellent, but the removal of pollutants such as plastics, salt, and medicine residues from the water remains an essential challenge, as does the prevention of drinking water pollution by creating separate cycles and using degradable materials. As a result of the increasing demand for renewable energy and sustainably produced food, finally, the sea, the IJsselmeer region, and the Dutch catchment areas are increasingly regarded as interesting alternatives to the ever-scarcer room on land. Dutch innovators have embarked on these challenges and will present their efforts at the IE2018.
The mobility system is pressurized by an increasing demand for transport, the need to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, and the preservation of safety and accessibility. Challenges in this field call for smart and sustainable solutions. The Netherlands is already a pioneer in the development of smart and sustainable mobility innovations, and well on its way to take the lead in their use and application. Key examples are: autonomous and intelligent vehicles and transport systems; zero-emission vehicles and loading systems; sustainable logistics systems; customised mobility supplied via digital platforms; and new sustainable forms of infrastructure and transport. At the IE2018, you will learn more about the pioneering role of the Netherlands.
Virtually all the challenges and issues addressed at the IE2018 touch on the built-up environment, to be more specific: on the urban environment. Whether it is a circular approach to construction and construction waste or plastic waste, upscaling the energy transition (gas-free districts), the digitalisation of the environment and the interaction with – and among – residents, or the application of other innovative smart technologies, the city is one of the largest fields of application. In addition, the city is a breeding ground for innovation. The IE2018 presents the solutions and innovations from the urban perspective. It also presents innovations that bear application in the built-up environment, thus making the cities even smarter.
Health is important to everyone. The prevention of diseases and ailments is vitally important for our well-being and for the affordability of health care. For that reason, we are encouraging a healthy way of life and a healthy living environment, and we are promoting the early recognition and acknowledgement of health risks. At the IE2018, we present innovations that affect the making of healthy food choices, support a healthy life style, and foster a healthy living environment.
In addition, it is important for the elderly and chronically ill to be able to live a good life on their own, independently, and to participate in society. New home care concepts and technologies such as eHealth, domotics, wearables, and support by (in)formal care networks on a big data basis are indispensable in this respect. At the Innovation Expo 2018, you will see the latest innovations involving smart technologies and aids for the elderly and impaired.
The Netherlands ranks among the most innovative countries worldwide in the food and agro fields: “A tiny country feeds the world”. This leading position in areas such as sustainable food production, smart food production, and consumer and society is based on innovation and efficient collaboration between the actors in the agro chains: businesses, research institutes, and the government. The innovations that have contributed to securing this leading position and may provide an answer to global challenges are exclusively presented at the IE2018.
The high-tech sector plays an essential part in the conception and realisation of solutions to the above global challenges involving the circular economy, energy, water, mobility, the built-up environment, health, safety, and food. A host of innovation technologies relating to digitisation, block chain systems, robotics, nano technology, and high-tech materials will be presented at the IE2018.
The list of exhibitors will be continuously updated. Please monitor our website and social media channels for updates.