Energy saving, and the generation of renewable energy, are among our top priorities. And we are pleased that we have already been able to successfully implement a number of measures in this respect. Since 2012, for example, we have been steadily converting our entire lighting in the halls and outdoor facilities from halogen vapor lamps to modern LED technology – resulting in energy savings of 40 percent . The project is scheduled for completion later this year. By then, more than 8,400 lamps will have been replaced – making for energy savings of around 60 percent on previous consumption. However, energy savings can also be made through demand-driven control of the systems. Depending on the outside temperature and usage behavior, optimum temperature control can be achieved in the halls at the touch of a button, so to speak.

The electricity used for powering the lamps and all systems on our premises is 100% green. We have obtained our entire electricity supply via hydropower since as far back as 2018, enabling us to save around 40,000 metric tons of CO2 to date. What's more, our commitment to green power is about to be consolidated through the construction of a vast photovoltaic system on the roof of Hall 19/20. All told, the new system is expected to save more than 300,000 kg of CO2 per year that would otherwise be emitted in power generation from fossil fuels. The electricity generated by these means will be used entirely by Deutsche Messe.

But it goes without saying that the story doesn't end there. As part of our energy transformation concept, the focus is also on the installation of further energy-efficient systems technology.

Keyword "Waste disposal": More than 5,000 metric tons of waste are generated on the exhibition grounds every year, most of it in connection with the individual events and during the trade fair set-up and dismantling. In order to avoid producing hazardous waste, we rely on innovative upcycling. For example, we collaborate with maesh, a Hannover-based company which produces individual bicycle, sports and toiletry bags, backpacks or shoppers from discarded advertising banners and thus gives this material a second life. Find out more here .