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Built sector’s decisive role in achieving climate goals

This was according to the address by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs – Peter Altmaier – at the digitally streamed opening ceremony of this year’s ISH event. Altmaier, emphasised the vital role to be played by the building sector in achieving the important climate goals.

High-ranking representatives from politics and business spoke about the social and economic significance of the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector and its themes during the opening of ISH digital 2021, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC and water.

Thus, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, said he was particularly pleased that the European Green Deal was one of the top themes of this year’s ISH digital.

He said, “With the ‘Renovation Wave’, the Green Deal emphasises the building sector and has set it some highly ambitious targets for 2030. In this connection, the use of modern heating technology is a decisive factor in achieving the CO₂ savings demanded. And, in Germany alone, this means an enormous modernisation requirement. The sanitation, heating and air-conditioning industry is in a strong position and very well equipped to meet these challenges.”

Against the background of positive economic development in 2020, Altmaier praised the sanitation and HVAC sector for its resilience and strong corporate structures, especially in pandemic times. Assuring the sector, he added, “One thing is clear, the building sector plays a very important role when it comes to energy consumption. It can and it will make a decisive contribution to attaining our climate targets in all sectors. The German government will stand together with you as you head in this direction and actively support you in meeting the challenges that arise.”

In his statement, the Minister President of the State of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, also referred to the particular relevance of ISH. He emphasised that, “This fair is a key to our future. Water, energy and climate are the major themes that will continue to occupy us. I have great expectations of ISH. Not only for the individual companies taking part but for society as a whole because the future is to be found where innovation has its place. And what better place for this than at this renowned trade fair?”

Markus Frank, Head of the Economic Affairs Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main, referred to the process of demographic change and the need for sustainable bathroom planning, and the aspect of accessibility in particular. He said, “The latest technologies for this are to be seen at ISH – bathroom concepts that enable people to spend many years in their homes.”

Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt, welcomed the participation of representatives of business and politics and said, “With its core themes revolving around water, energy and climate, ISH has always been a trade fair with great social relevance. And this is once again reflected by this year’s top themes, which have become even more important through the corona pandemic. Thus, highly topical issues, such as the Green Deal, ventilation technology for pure and healthy air indoors and the hygiene trend in the sanitation sector, will be discussed during ISH digital 2021.”