As an integrated Group operating in all event professions, GL events works in three major segments:
event organisation, event venue management and services for fairs, congresses and events.
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Increasingly concerned about the ecological impact of the Lyon Fair, GL events Exhibitions has reinforced its policy regarding sustainable development.
Furthermore, to satisfy consumer demand, the Lyon Fair and its exhibitors are, this year, proposing a wider range of "green" products, in all sectors... Consequently, the Fair is in perfect harmony with GL events' new strategic programme in favour of sustainable development, the "Think Green" programme.
A Fair that cares about its ecological impact
The Lyon Fair is pursuing its efforts in terms of sustainable development. Consequently, for the first time, almost 60,000 m² of recycled carpet were laid in the halls of Eurexpo.
As every year, the Fair sorted the waste produced during the 11 days of the event. In 2009, approximately 250 tonnes of waste were sent to the sorting plant to be recycled. Furthermore, in order to save energy, 2000 low-consumption neons were used to light the different halls at Eurexpo.
Like last year, the 35,000 "Lyon Fair" bags that were distributed were made of recycled materials, fully recyclable and with no impact on nature. The signage fabrics are also manufactured so as to be fully recyclable. The event guides, with 130,000 copies printed, are also made from recycled paper in a certified "Imprim'Vert" (Green) workshop.
Visit Lyon international fair's website Always attentive to its ecological impact, the Lyon Fair, in partnership with the Lyon Transport Board (TCL), also promoted the use of public transport for getting to Eurexpo; during night sessions, almost 150 round-trips were made from Vaulx en Velin to Eurexpo. In 2012, a tramway and free bike parks will complement the environmentally friendly travel options.
A greater range of "green" products
Environmental respect and energy saving are on everyone's mind, and the Lyon Fair understands this. Consequently, it proposes a wide range of "green" products, in every sector.
The 8,500 m² of surface area devoted to housing and habitat presents the innovations proposed by a hundred exhibitors: geothermal energy, triple glazing, natural insulation, heat pumps, wood-granule heating stoves, solar heating and panels... Everything for an efficient, sustainable habitat....
The furnishing and decoration section presents more and more items made from certified wood, water-based varnishes and paints... The woods chosen are part of controlled forest management and replanting policy, and the products are increasingly made from natural materials such as leather, drift wood, bamboo etc.
For the outdoors, teak is being replaced by PFC certified wood, and wrought iron favoured over resin-based or plastic garden furniture. Natural swimming pools which self-regulate the water through plants and minerals offer a green solution to chemical based pool products.
Strolling through the aisles, the visitors also finds organic cotton clothes with natural dyes, multi-purpose cleaning products using clay stone, 100% natural cosmetics, organic wine, customised furniture given a second lease of life, electric vehicles etc.
A clear commitment of the GL events Group
Finally, in the general interest of the Group, GL events launched a sustainable development policy 2 years ago: "Think Green" aims to promote economic, social and ecological development in each of the Group's subsidiaries. GL events Exhibitions, through the Lyon International Fair organised in partnership with Eurexpo, is showing the way forward.