Green entrepreneurship – At Palexpo, tech is at the service of the environment

For its third edition, the Climate Show is inaugurating a smaller show with around thirty exhibitors.

Published: 04.20.2022, 15:59

Nearly 2,000 visitors are expected at the Climate Show between April 20 and 21 at Palexpo.


Will progress and technology save the future of the planet? This is the bet made by the Climate show. From April 20 to 21, at Palexpo, the show invites the public to come and meet small and medium-sized companies working to fight against environmental pollution. Also on the program, conferences, two eco-responsible fashion shows and scientific workshops for the youngest.

2000 visitors expected

After the show was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, Climate Show returns this year in a more modest version, with around thirty stands. “We lost around 60% of the exhibitors, explains Nadia Plata, director and founder of the event. Some companies unfortunately went bankrupt during the crisis and we ourselves lost a lot.” She recalls that the show is completely self-financed and does not benefit from any subsidy or financial aid, although the organizers have tried to "knock on all doors".
The Simply Science Foundation offers science workshops for younger children with reproducible experiments at home.


The show expects around 2,000 visitors, 65% of whom are professionals. Conferences are also reserved for them to address topics such as eco-construction or renewable energies. A “Spicy Pitch” debate will also invite companies to debate around divisive issues such as digitalization or plastics.

Shower water and cleaning at sea

Among the stands, there are various SMEs offering all kinds of innovations. E-nno, for example, pilots the reduction of the environmental impact of the housing stock by collecting data and Joulia SA offers to recover the heat used during a shower. The two companies won the Climate Show's "Catwalk" competition, which rewards sustainable and eco-responsible innovations. The NGO Sea cleaners is also presenting Manta, its “factory boat” which should be launched in 2025 and which will collect, process and recycle large quantities of plastic macro-waste in the oceans.
The event takes place in a particular context. The latest IPCC report is more than alarming and more and more activists are promoting civil disobedience to warn about the future of the planet. For Nadia Plata, herself the holder of a doctorate in environmental chemistry, one method is not better than another. “Everyone has their own way of trying to change things. We promote innovative companies and scientific conferences.” The founder of the show also stresses that each year she refuses around 20% of companies deemed too unsustainable.
The company Reactis, founded by Alexandre Le Thiec, presents a potting soil entirely composed of recycled organic materials.


Léa Frischknecht is a trainee journalist for the Geneva section. After a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Geneva, she obtained her master's degree at the Media and Journalism Academy of the University of Neuchâtel.

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Published: 04.20.2022, 15:59

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