boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry lead the way on sustainable boating at International Breakfast Meeting 2020

boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry lead the way on sustainable boating at International Breakfast Meeting 2020
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The 2020 edition of the annual International Breakfast meeting (IBM) will feature the topic of sustainable boating with a focus on alternative fuels and engine systems.

The European Commission, as well as innovators from the fields of electric, hybrid and hydrogen will contribute to an exciting discussion on a key topic for the recreational boating industry.

IBM is organised by boot Düsseldorf, the world’s largest boat show and EBI, the voice of Europe’s recreational boating industry. Now in its fourth edition and growing to over 150 participants in 2019, the theme follows the cross-sectoral developments towards decarbonisation. It brings together high-level experts to provide thought leadership on a key issue for industry, governments and the wider public. It will take place on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 from 8:30 until 10:30 in the Congress Center East at boot Düsseldorf.



Topics taking centre-stage will be the European Union’s strategy towards decarbonising Europe’s industry and the ambition to develop a carbon-neutral continent in the coming decades. The alternative solutions that will be presented and discussed in IBM’s interactive format are expected to be hydrogen, hybrid and electric engines.

Petros Michelidakis (Director, boot Düsseldorf) commented: “We are very proud to host this important networking platform which is successfully taking place every year during boot Düsseldorf. Recognising new trends and developments at an early stage will help the industry to understand and effectively use innovations for a sustainable development.”

Philip Easthill (Secretary-General, EBI) commented: “Environmental sustainability is a key issue for the recreational boating industry where there a number of exciting innovations. We very much look forward to discussing this with international experts at the International Breakfast Meeting next year that we are delighted to be organising again with our partner boot Düsseldorf.”

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About boot Düsseldorf

boot Düsseldorf is the biggest boat and water sports trade fair in the world with almost 250,000 visitors and is the place where all of the industry meets in January every year. About 2,000 exhibitors are presenting their interesting innovations, attractive new developments and maritime equipment from 18. to 26. January 2020. More than 2,100 journalists from almost 50 countries around the world will be there to report about boot. This means that the whole of the market will be coming to Düsseldorf to provide an exciting insight into the entire water sports world for the nine-day exhibition covering 220,000 square metres in 17 different halls. There is something for every water sports enthusiast, with the main focus on boats and yachts, motors and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities, beach resorts and chartering.


About European Boating Industry (EBI)

The European Boating Industry (EBI) represents the recreational boating industry in Europe. It encompasses all related sectors, such as boatbuilding, equipment manufacturing, marinas and service providers. The industry is a significant contributor to the European economy, representing 32,000 companies that employ over 280,000 people directly. The vast majority of the sector is made up of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It is a key contributor to tourism and has a global trade perspective.
EBI is an established stakeholder at EU level, defending and promoting the interests of its members on key issues ranging from Single Market legislation to blue growth, tourism and trade policy. More information here:


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