EDRA/GHIN: Contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Goals.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for a more sustainable future. We believe that the Home Improvement sector is one sector ideally placed to promote these goals, both in a way we organise our businesses and through the products and services we offer to our customers.

EDRA/GHIN have completed a recent project in which we collated some highlights of the work that the EDRA/GHIN membership complete to contribute towards these goals. This is by no means an extensive list, rather a collection of examples. All information provided was sourced from publically available information.

We fully understand that sustainability is a journey, not a destination, and we will update the document as our businesses continue to develope their own individual programmes.

The highlights of contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals can be found HERE.

Any reader who would like to know more about the project should contact EDRA/GHIN at info@edra-ghin.org

Trade Fairs: Management of spoga+gafa believe Trade Fair will take place.

The Trade Fair Management of spoga+gafa believe that the trade fair will take place from the 30 May to the 01 June 2021.

The spoga+gafa team are confident that the specialist trade show can, should and will be held a little over four months from now. However, time is still needed before they can better and more reliably assess what the situation will look like in early summer. Therefore, the management team will continue to observer how things develop in Europe and intercontinentally in February before a final decision is made.

The management team were also delighted to pass on that your garden lifestyle fair is in excellent shape. This is particularly demonstrated by the large number of reservations that have been received for all of the segments in all of the 14 halls.

Three events will also be held alongside spoga+gafa. The ‘Garden Summit 2021’ organised by the BHB wil take place on the afternoon of 1 June 2021. The VDG Winter Conference, the annual general meeting of the German garden centres will also take place at spoga+gafa 2021 as well as the Motoristen-Kongress.

The full Press Release can be found HERE

 

Trade Fairs: Horticultural Industry is Committed to IPM Essen.

“For the majority of the exhibitors, participation in IPM ESSEN as an indispensable communication and sales platform is a matter of course. We are currently experiencing not only in Essen that large fairs with international participation can once again be held successfully. The be-all and end-all is a functioning hygiene concept, and we have proven that”, says Oliver P. Kuhrt, Managing Director of Messe Essen.

“A fair is not a concert or a soccer match. The distances between the participants is greater, and they are also much more widely spread over time. That’s why we are expecting regional shifts due to travel restrictions, but assume that not much will change in the overall picture”, adds Sabina Großkreuz, Head of Marketing at Messe Essen.

Effective hygiene protection is not only lived practice in the event organization, but also one of the focal points of the IPM ESSEN 2021: “The IPM Discovery Center, in which we present innovative concepts for the point of sale every year, is dedicated to the topic of safe garden centers in 2021”, explains creative director Romeo Sommers. “From shop-fitting to visitor guidance and product presentation, we will be showing solutions for active infection protection, which today is a prerequisite for successfully addressing customers.”

IPM ESSEN is the world’s leading horticultural trade fair revolving around solutions and innovations in the green sector.

 

UK: Homeowners to see savings available under new Green Homes Grant scheme

From late September, homeowners and landlords in England will be able to get up to £5,000 worth of vouchers (£10,000 for low-income households) to make energy-saving improvements so that their homes are more energy-efficient and cheaper to run.

The Green Home Grants scheme, due to open by the end of September, will allow consumers to obtain funding for up to two-thirds of the cost of the energy saving measures identified. The scheme will cover green home improvements including insulation of walls, floors and roofs, the installation of double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating. These measures could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

Through the Green Home Grants scheme the UK Government plan to make over 600,000 homes across the country more energy efficient and support over 100,000 jobs in green construction.

 

USA: The Home Depot Announces Renewable Energy Goal

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced companywide sustainability progress in its 2020 Responsibility Report, which outlines the company’s 2019 progress on its corporate responsibility strategic pillars: focus on people, operate sustainably and strengthen communities. The report also introduces several new goals and provides an update on the company’s recent response to COVID-19 and social equality issues.

As part of its existing pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2035, The Home Depot reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in 2019, driven primarily by energy reductions and supply chain efficiencies.

New goals include a commitment to produce and procure energy from 335 megawatts of renewable and alternative energy projects by 2025.

Read the full report here: The Home Depot 2020 Responsibility Report

World: 8th Global DIY-Summit to be held from the 9 – 11 June 2021 in Copenhagen

For the past few months, the DIY Summit team have been closely monitoring the Global Covid-19 situation and assessing the best possible circumstances in which to hold the Global DIY Summit.

While EU Authorities implement and require the highest levels of medical measures and hygiene protocols for travel, the team feel that the delivery of the world-class international event will inevitably be impacted by such travel restrictions if it were to be held this year.

With this in mind, and following close consultation with event partners, key stakeholders and hosts, the decision to postpone the 8th Global DIY Summit by one year has been taken. The new dates for the 8th Global DIY Summit are 9 to 11 June 2021 and this event will be held at Bella Centre Copenhagen.

In order to continue offering this important and anticipated event for our industry, all tickets and sponsorships for the Global DIY Summit 2020 will automatically be valid for the rescheduled event. The ticket also includes access to a brand new online networking platform which will be launched this year in early October. This online service will allow all delegates and partners to attend online seminars, masterclasses, download studies, contact and schedule 1:1 video calls with other attendees, among other benefits.

www.diysummit.org

 

Germany: Spoga+Gafa Suspended for 2020 and Switches to New Date from 30 May to 1 June 2021

With the entire area almost fully booked by the spring of 2020, and thus outstanding registration levels for spoga+gafa, the trade fair situation increasingly came to reflect the current developments around Covid-19 and the economic situation.

For this reason, the spoga+gafa team reassessed the overall situation together with the Advisory Board and decided that it was best to respond to the cancellations and wishes of a large number of industry exhibitors and visitors by suspending spoga+gafa 2020.

At the request of the industry, Koelnmesse have also permanently moved the date for spoga+gafa to the first half of the year. In future, this means that the largest garden lifestyle trade fair in the world will be held at a time more convenient for orders by large segments of the industry. In 2021, spoga+gafa will take place from 30 May to 1 June.

www.spogagafa.com

Germany: Spoga+Gafa 2020 going ahead

As things stand, spoga+gafa 2020 is to take place as planned, from the 6-8 September 2020 in Cologne.
“We are continuing to work flat out on the preparations for the largest garden lifestyle trade fair in the world and in spite of the tense situation, we have so far been able to record an excellent number of applications compared to the previous year level. As such the garden industry is preparing for the times after the Corona crisis and for taking up business again,” according to the statement signed by the Vice President Trade Fair Management Catja Caspary and Stefan Lohrberg, Director Spoga+Gafa.
They also give the assurance that payments from exhibitors and visitors will be refunded if the trade fair has to be cancelled due to Corona virus “which currently doesn’t appear to be the case”. In addition, the trade fair will only take place “if it has the chance of being successful for all parties involved,” according to the trade fair management. “Hence if we are led to believe that although all exhibitors are participating, a relevant share of our visitors will not attend in September due to risks or bans, we will act in the interests of all partners and reassess the situation”.
Keep up to date at spoga+gafa 2020

 

UK: Kingfisher provides £1m of PPE and funding for health services across Europe

Since the Covid-19 crisis hit Europe, Kingfisher and its businesses in Europe have ringfenced all their remaining stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) so it can be donated to frontline healthcare workers. Already protective eye-wear and masks, worth over £200,000, have been provided to the UK’s National Health Service. Kingfisher also confirms it has ordered a further three million face masks from suppliers in China and Israel, which it expects to arrive towards the end of April. These will be donated to the health authorities in the UK, France, Poland and Romania, or used to equip its colleagues who are facilitating online and click & collect orders in stores.

Read more at: www.diyweek.net

U.S.: National Hardware Show postponed to September

The National Hardware Show has been postponed and will now take place on 1-3 September 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Originally the event, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020, was scheduled for 5-7 May. “We know how important the National Hardware Show is to our customers’ business and it is our top priority to provide a place where the hardware and home improvement industry has the ability to come together and allow business to continue,” said Randy Field, group vice-president, Reed Exhibitions. “Therefore, we will be holding the National Hardware Show September 1-3, 2020. We believe this is the right decision for our customers and the industry in general, which is a vital part of the supply chain for manufacturing and distribution of products.” The fair organisers are “working with our partners to find solutions to logistical and operational issues that may arise. We are here to help, but ask for their patience as we ensure all of our customers are taken care of,” said Field.
More information for visitors and exhibitors can be found on their website