Messe Frankfurt to use only ‘green energy’ from 2020

World’s largest trade fair organiser Messe Frankfurt has decided to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy from 2020 event year. This includes the power supply for the stands, halls and exhibition grounds at the company’s Frankfurt base. The move away from conventional energy sources is a further milestone in implementing its long-term strategic measures in the field of sustainability. The company’s cooperation partner is Frankfurt-based energy service provider Mainova AG.

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-minded business practice. Uwe Behm, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, said, “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.”

Messe Frankfurt said that 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.

“Mainova and Messe Frankfurt have been partners for decades and our companies have strong roots in their home city. We also share a responsibility for protecting our climate. Messe Frankfurt also embraces this responsibility in its capacity as a member of the Business Efficiency Network founded by Mainova. As well as this, we are eager to help our partners in stepping up their efforts for sustainable energy supply by providing them with tailored solutions,” said Mainova management board member Norbert Breidenbach.

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.

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