MIPIM Horizons embraces sustainability

Green is the colour of the future. MIPIM Horizons, the first international property market dedicated to the world's fast-growing regions, follows the path of Reed MIDEM's other property markets, MIPIM, MAPIC and MIPIM Asia and is Going Green. With a range of conferences and events on green architecture, construction and housing and many efforts to reduce waste and carbon emissions, MIPIM Horizons has gone green*. A major event at the inaugural MIPIM Horizons will be the Leadership Summit, on Wednesday, 3 December, from 11.00 am - 1.00 pm.

Entitled "Facing sustainable challenges: when politicians and real estate leaders shape the future, " this closed-doors event will focus on the challenges to be faced by the world's fast-growing regions for successful real estate development. Top-level political leaders, investors, developers and environmental experts will gather around six round tables to exchange best practices and solutions on sustainable issues for the real estate market.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, 3 December from 4.00 - 4.45 pm, a green keynote speech will feature Khaled Awad, Property Development Director of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, presenting the innovative "Masdar Initiative" of the world's first zero carbon, zero waste city.

Green workshops

Many MIPIM Horizons attendees and exhibitors have also picked up on the 'Green trend.' On many stands, projects will be on show using highly innovative technologies to reduce the carbon emissions and impact of the construction on the environment. Among them:

Greek developer L.P. Ellinas will present its three high-end projects in Crevedia, in the north suburbs of Bucharest Forest View Residences (photo, ) Greenscape and Woodlands Residences in a special workshop. These projects are designed to create new standards in residential development and to improve the living standards of Romanians wishing to live around Bucharest without the city's noise, traffic and pollution. The workshop will be moderated by Loucas P. Ellinas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L.P. Ellinas.

Some of the Green projects on show at MIPIM Horizons

The Urban Environment Research and Design Institute (Federation of Russia) has now been elaborating "Green initiatives" for 15 years. Its professional activity is connected with the implementation of innovational technologies and new methods for complex area development projects, based on three main criteria: economic feasibility, environmental tolerability and social equity.

Its aim is to adapt historical monuments to modern purposes and to restore monuments, parks and gardens within a more modern landscape architecture, adapted to today's needs. The Moscow manors Medvedkovo and Vinogradovo that are to become tourist and recreational centers showcase the Institute's efforts in that matter. Another goal of the Institute is to highlight environmental particularities of urban areas and thus to elaborate socially and environmentally friendly projects for large-scale residential areas, such as Mirax and Inteko (picture.)

The company IN-VI (Brazil) is launching the Amazon Boats project. Located deep in the Amazon, it involves the protection of 8,000 square kilometers of this area through the one time perpetual purchase strategy to be passed from one generation to another. The Amazon Boats are designed to be of minimum impact on the environment. This includes the adaptive re-use of logging and military barges. The use of solar power and bio fuels will ensure that the house boat is as carbon neutral as possible. IN-VI is currently in the final stages of negotiation with Ariau, the favorite Amazon resort of dignitaries like Prince Charles or businessman-philanthropist Bill Gates, to have this resort area as a base station for the Amazon Boats.

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