Messe Frankfurt’s average energy needs are comparable with those of a town with around 40,000 inhabitants. Switching over to electricity with an optimised carbon footprint is a natural next step in the Group’s integral, responsibly-mindedbusiness practice. As Uwe Behm, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, emphasises: “By switching over entirely to renewable energy sources, we eliminate some 19,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Given that 80 trees compensate for approximately a tonne of CO2, you would need more than 1.52 million trees a year to offset this quantity of CO2.”
In this way, the company also accommodates the wishes of its customers. Uwe Behm: “As a partner, we are acting on the desire among our exhibitors and guest organisers for an environmentally friendly approach to trade fair management.” Awareness of the need for sustainable energy has further increased in recent years and a number of guest organisers already exclusively use electricity from renewable energy sources. For Messe Frankfurt, switching over completely to green power is a further means of actively helping to protect the climate and environment and of driving forward its energy targets with a view to achieving an integral energy performance. Of course, the company is also playing its part in the ambitious climate protection plans of its shareholders, the City of Frankfurt and the federal state of Hesse.
Renewable energy has been a priority on the exhibition grounds for years, with three photovoltaic systems currently being operated there. Since late 2018, the third photovoltaic system – located on the roof of Hall 12 – has been generating energy from the sun’s rays. In future, an estimated 2 GWh of energy is to be harvested every year, which is roughly equivalent to the requirements of 500 households.
Since 2010, Messe Frankfurt has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact – the first German trade fair organiser to join its ranks. The worldwide CSR network is committed to sustainable corporate management and to the ten principles set out in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption activities.