Messe Frankfurt to switch to 100% renewable energy

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All of the electricity required to supply the stands, halls and exhibition grounds at the trade exhibition company’s Frankfurt site will come from renewable energy.


The change from conventional energy sources to green marks a milestone in the company’s long-term strategy towards sustainability. This means that Messe Frankfurt is also raising the bar on sustainability practices, with other German trade fair companies hopefully following suit.


Messe Frankfurt’s energy needs are comparable with those of a town of 40,000 inhabitants. The company is supported in its move by cooperation partner Mainova AG, a Frankfurt-based energy service provider.


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.


Uwe Behm, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt commented: “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.


“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.”

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