AUMA: German trade fair industry to be climat...

German trade fair industry to be climate-neutral by 2040

Photo: Messe Munich

The German trade fair industry will be climate-neutral by 2040, some companies want to achieve this goal earlier. By no later than 2025, organisers and exhibition site operators will be supplying themselves with 100 percent green power.

As early as next year, they will be making sustainability a requirement for tenders from their sector partners. These three and six other goals were set by the 69 organisers, associations and hosts of trade fairs organised in the umbrella organisation of the German trade fair industry Auma during their recent annual conference in Berlin. The sector is positioning itself using a set of building blocks from waste to water – establishing a starting point for a joint process to be continuously developed.
„Trade fairs are part of the solution on the way to a climate-neutral economy.“
Philip Harting, chairman, AUMA
Philip Harting, chairman of the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry Auma: "Trade fairs are part of the solution on the way to a climate-neutral economy." An entire industry is setting itself sector-wide sustainability standards. The principle of avoidance over reduction applies. Harting: "In order to remain attractive as the meeting places for the problem solvers of our time, we are tackling this major task in an extremely tense economic situation for our industry after almost two years of a trade fair ban."

As part of the industry agreement, in exhibition stand construction a portfolio for sustainable stands will be available in the future. An incentive system for exhibitors to opt for reusable stands will also be developed. The economical use of water, further greening of exhibition sites, the reduction of CO2 emissions by consolidating trade fair logistics and improved travel to and from trade shows by public transportation are further aspects as are a large range of organic products in catering and the avoidance of food waste.