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The electricity of the future

As part of its strategic measures in the field of sustainability, as of 2020 Messe Frankfurt will be switching over entirely to renewable energy.

February 2019

Messe Frankfurt’s average energy needs are comparable with those of a medium-sized town with around 40,000 inhabitants. As of 2020 the world’s largest trade show organiser with its own exhibition grounds will switch over entirely to clean power and exclusively use renewable energy sources for its stands, halls and exhibition grounds in Frankfurt.

In doing so Messe Frankfurt sets the benchmark for other German trade fair companies. “By switching over entirely to renewable energy sources, we eliminate some 19,000 tonnes of CO2 a year”, says Uwe Behm, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. This commitment also reflects the wishes of exhibitors and guest organisers, some of whom already exclusively use electricity from renewable sources. Of course, in the process the company is also supporting the climate protections plans of its shareholders, the City of Frankfurt and the federal state of Hesse.

The switch will be implemented by Mainova AG, which has provided Messe Frankfurt’s energy supply for decades and thus knows the company and its needs very well. Three photovoltaic systems are already in use on the exhibition grounds. Messe Frankfurt has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact – the world’s largest initiative for responsibly-minded corporate management – since 2010 and was the first German trade fair organiser to join its ranks. The CSR network is committed to upholding ten principles set out in the fields of human rights, labour standards, anti-corruption activities and environmental protection.

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Press release:Messe Frankfurt to switch over entirely to renewable energy


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