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Messe Frankfurt to switch entirely to renewable energy

by Stuart Wood

Messe Frankfurt has announced it will be changing to 100% renewable energy as of the year 2020.

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The switch to renewable energy includes the power supply for all stands, halls and exhibition grounds at the company’s Frankfurt base.

Messe Frankfurt’s average energy needs are comparable with those of a town with around 40,000 inhabitants. The company’s partner in the switch is Frankfurt-based energy provider Mainova AG.

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.”

Mainova management board member Norbert Breidenbach commented: “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.”

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