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Koelnmesse joins net-zero-CO2 initiative in the events sector

"Koelnmesse has committed itself to organising its events worldwide by the end of 2050 in a way that will result in net-zero-CO2 emissions. We have already taken the first steps and are now putting strategies in place to reach this target", said Koelnmesse President and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Böse.

This is how Koelnmesse and UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, are taking part in an initiative of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), which is the worldwide umbrella organisation for the events sector. It represents the common interests of the leading international associations in the conference sector.

"We know that the events sector per se has a large CO2 footprint. If we make the right adjustments, however, we can have a great impact: Efficiency, prevention and the circular economy are the decisive variables in the steps we intend to take", according to Böse. These include, for example, travel activities in conjunction with trade fairs; logistics or the integration of digital elements in hybrid trade fairs, as well as stand construction or sustainability in the design of the trade fair grounds. "We have already begun contributing towards this with projects such as eSlot, an emissions-reducing system for logistics management. The new congress and event location Confex® was also pre-certified with the highest category in platinum by the German Sustainable Building Council, even before construction began."

Although it is at the beginning of its activities, Koelnmesse considers itself determined to set a long-term sustainability agenda for itself. This is why the company is working with external advisers on a strategy for corporate responsibility/sustainability that extends across all areas of the company.

"We want to take this path together with our industry partners and place obligations upon them as well", Gerald Böse said, describing the steps to come. "This is also how we intend to reach the intermediate objective set by the initiative of reducing CO2emissions by 50 percent by the year 2030". This is how Koelnmesse contributes towards reaching the targets of the Paris Agreement of the 25th UN Climate Change Conference and the resolution of the City of Cologne to bring its municipal activities in line with sustainability targets.

For further information on the initiative of the Joint Meetings Industry Council, visit: https://netzerocarbonevents.org/
 

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Koelnmesse tritt Netto-Null CO2-Inititative der Veranstaltungsbranche bei

"Die Koelnmesse hat sich verpflichtet, bis Ende 2050 ihre Veranstaltungen weltweit so zu gestalten, dass für die CO2-Emissionen eine Netto Null steht. Wir haben bereits erste Schritte getan und richten uns jetzt strategisch daran aus, um dieses Ziel zu erreichen", so Kölns Messechef Gerald Böse.

Damit beteiligt sich die Koelnmesse ebenso wie die UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, an einer Initiative des Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), der weltweiten Dachorganisation der Veranstaltungsbranche. Er vertritt die gemeinsamen Interessen der wichtigsten internationalen Verbände der Tagungsbranche.

"Wir wissen, dass die Veranstaltungsbranche per se einen großen CO2-Footprint aufweist. Wenn wir an den richtigen Stellschrauben drehen, können wir allerdings eine große Wirkung entfalten: Effizienz, Vermeidung und Kreislaufwirtschaft sind hier die entscheidenden Hebel für unsere Maßnahmen", sagt Böse. Dazu gehören beispielsweise die bei Messen anfallenden Reisetätigkeiten sowie die Logistik oder die Integration digitaler Elemente in hybride Messen genauso wie der Standbau oder die nachhaltige Gestaltung des Geländes. "Mit Projekten wie eSlot, einem emissionsreduzierenden Logistikmanagement haben wir bereits erste Beiträge geleistet. Auch die neue Kongress- und Eventlocation Confex® wurde schon vor Baubeginn von der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen mit der höchsten Kategorie in Platin vorzertifiziert."

Die Koelnmesse sieht sich noch am Anfang ihrer Aktivitäten, ist aber gewillt, sich langfristig eine Nachhaltigkeitsagenda zu geben. Deshalb arbeitet das Unternehmen mit externen Beratern an einer Corporate Responsibility/Nachhaltigkeits-Strategie über alle Bereiche des Unternehmens hinweg.

"Wir wollen den Weg gemeinsam mit unseren Branchenpartnern gehen und diese auch mit in die Pflicht nehmen", beschreibt Gerald Böse die kommenden Schritte. "So wollen wir auch das von der Initiative formulierte Zwischenziel, bis 2030 die CO2-Emissionen um 50 Prozent zu senken, erreichen." Damit trägt die Koelnmesse zum Pariser Abkommen der 25. UN-Klimakonferenz sowie zur Resolution der Stadt Köln, ihre kommunalen Aktivitäten an Nachhaltigkeit auszurichten, bei.

Mehr Informationen zur Initiative der Veranstaltungswirtschaft: https://netzerocarbonevents.org/

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