Ahead of its May trade show, taking place 23 – 25 May, the IMEX Group has published its first ever externally-verified Sustainability Report for IMEX Frankfurt.
The IMEX Group has tracked and published the environmental performance of its American show, IMEX America, since 2012 but today’s report represents a significant achievement for its German counterpart.
The report for IMEX Frankfurt 2022 has been prepared by sustainability partners MeetGreen, an organisation devoted to accelerating the event industry’s transition to a sustainable future. It marks an extension of an existing partnership as well as the first step in an ongoing process of data-gathering intended to measure and improve the show’s environmental impact.
Today’s report is also an important milestone in IMEX’s Pathway to Net Zero.
In working with an external authority to validate results, this report represents an important sustainability step for IMEX and establishes the benchmark against which all future IMEX Frankfurt shows will be measured. Previous environmental reports for IMEX Frankfurt have been conducted by IMEX staff only.
The new report covers aspects such as waste management, energy and water usage, event design and also social impact.
IMEX Frankfurt is currently the only show at Messe Frankfurt to track such a high level of sustainable data and to make it public.
The report reveals notable achievements in waste diversion and energy use, as well as highlighting several opportunities for improvement. These include simplifying and standardising carbon footprint measurement, sourcing more carpet with recycled content and expanding community donations.
More on this in the upcoming print issue of MICE Benelux
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