We have implemented various measures in order to reduce the environmental burden of this event as much as possible, despite the increase in the number of participating companies and visitors every year.
To encourage exhibitors to design eco-friendly displays, we have established guidelines classifying into seven categories the materials used in a typical display booth. The guidelines recommend using leased or rented systems wherever possible, but in the case of new construction, they recommend the use of eco-friendly materials. We also encourage all exhibitors to submit "eco check" sheets based on these guidelines. We will select "Eco & Design Booth Prize" winners based on evaluation of the check sheets submitted by exhibitors, their perspective on the environment, and the booths' design and simplicity of message.
CO2 emissions associated with the exhibition will be calculated in four categories (venue, visitors, exhibitors and the organizer) to produce a quantitative environmental evaluation of the exhibition.
The organizers of the exhibition will collect discarded materials, including display decor, and will conduct recycling activities (including partial thermal recycling). We will issue recycling certificates to participating exhibitors, informing them of recycling methods and the places where the recycled materials were sent.
We use recycled punch carpets, which use recycled polyester in their manufacture, for the organizers' thematic zones and "Eco-Package Booths", which applicants can use for a fee.
We separate garbage at the site into 11 categories, and compress it for transport and recycling. Cardboard, which is used for transporting materials by exhibitors, is also recycled.
The organizers are planning to prepare lunch boxes using returnable containers in order to reduce the garbage resulting from empty lunch boxes. We also recommend such lunch boxes for exhibitors. In addition, eco-lunch boxes will be on sale at the site.
Bar-codes will be sent to the cell phones of pre-registrants. The saved bar-code displayed on the cell-phones can be held over the reader, and visitors can enter the site smoothly.
In order to reduce the amount of printed materials, including flyers and brochures, at the exhibition site and around exhibitor booths, a website will be available for the downloading of electronic data-processed documents to email addresses.
We will be using recycling paper and/or FSC-certified paper for posters or flyers, and will be using waterless printing technology as much as possible.
We have adopted the idea of wearing a tag that expresses the idea of not taking what we do not need, and returning the tag when people leave. This is an idea to make Eco-Products a more environmentally conscious exhibition, and is based on a suggestion by elementary and junior high school students who visited the Eco-Products exhibition.
The 100,000 kWh of electricity estimated to be used for this exhibition will be covered by renewable energy sources, including wind power, biomass and photovoltaic generation.
We are planning to adopt spotlights that use LED lamps, which use less power and have a longer life, in the organizers' thematic zones and "Eco Package Booths", which applicants can use for a fee.
In light of the influence of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the objectives of holding this exhibition, we as organizers will work hard to reduce the total electricity use in the exhibition halls (by 30 percent compared with the previous exhibition). We would like to ask exhibitors to cooperate in planning the exhibit with electricity use of "up to 1 kW per one booth."