Weekly green agenda: Pollutec, Energaia, Green Awards

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Over the coming weeks the latest technology in the fields of environmental protection and renewable energy will be exhibited at two events in France, Pollutec and Energaia. In the UK Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, will be speaking at the Green awards which recognize companies that have encouraged environmentally friendly behavior through advertising.


November 30 - December 3
Lyon, France

Pollutec is a four day exhibition for professionals in the fields of environmental equipment and technology. The event has a European focus but 30 percent of the event's 2,400 exhibitors are expected to be from outside of France. For the first time the latest environmental technologies will be showcased at a specially designated research, innovation and finance pavilion. In comparison to renewable energies exhibition Energaïa (December 8-11), exhibitors at Pollutec focus on a broader range of environmental concerns such as recycling, sustainable buying and environmental analysis.

Interior Design BoY Awards

December 2
USA, New York

The fifth installment of the Best of Year (BoY) awards by Interior Design Magazine. The winners will be decided by public vote (which closed on October 10) and honored at the IAC building in New York. This year the category "eco-products" was included in the awards. In comparison with the "eco-design" awards being presented at International CES (January 6-9, 2011) the BoY awards are smaller and attract less established companies, however they provide an insight into the grass roots aspect of environmentally conscious design.

Green awards winners announced

December 2
London, UK

The winners of The Green Awards will be announced. The Green Awards recognize companies praising sustainable and environmental policies through advertising campaigns. The Rt Hon Chris Huhne UK Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change will be amongst the speakers at the event where naturalist Sir David Attenborough will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his committed efforts to raise public awareness of environmental issues.


December 8-11
Montpellier, France

Though both Energaia and Pollutec (November 30 - December 3) attract a similar number of visitors and exhibitors, unlike Pollutec,  Energaia focuses solely on the application and development of renewable energy technologies rather than the wider environmental concerns addressed at Pollutec. At this year's event photovoltaics company Sanyo will be exhibiting a unique version of its HIT solar cell with a honeycomb structure that has been designed specifically for the French market.