Setting our sustainability sights high
Sustainability is at the forefront of our minds. For everything we do, we look at ways we could do it more sustainably, benchmarking our performance against industry standards such as the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards at IMEX America, helped by our sustainability consultants MeetGreen. We share as we learn, running education on sustainability at our shows, and encouraging our exhibitors and buyers to reduce the environmental impact of their show participation.
Read our IMEX America sustainability report
What we do
We’ve reduced the material we produce for our shows, and encourage exhibitors to do the same. We ask attendees to carbon-offset travel, and offer carbon-free train travel to Frankfurt to all European hosted buyers through Deutsche Bahn. Anti-idling is standard for transfers, and bio-diesel is used for 20% of hosted buyer bus transfers in Frankfurt. We opt for greener hydroelectricity in Frankfurt, and at IMEX America we encourage attendees to bring reusable cups #greencaffeine, and to choose food that uses the least water to produce #waterwisewednesday.
We collect food and materials that would otherwise be thrown away for distribution through ShoutOutLoud to those in need in Frankfurt. At IMEX America leftover hotel amenities are turned into Clean the World hygiene kits for donation to The Shade Tree shelter, with lanyards and leftover stand materials collected for reuse by Teachers Exchange.
Our venues sort and recycle leftover waste – 90% of mixed waste in Frankfurt is recycled, and the energy generated by incinerating the remainder generates free power for the community. We use recyclable material – 95% recyclable polypropylene carpets are used in Frankfurt. Our lanyards and badges are recyclable, and we place easy-to-spot recycling bins throughout our shows.
We reward and recognise organisations making significant commitments to reduce their environmental impact through the IMEX-GMIC Innovation in Sustainability Award.
Our exhibitors are encouraged to reduce the environmental impact of their show participation from the materials they use, to the amount they bring to the show. Our guide to exhibiting sustainably at IMEX shows them how.
We run education on sustainability at our shows, inviting green meeting experts to share their experience and guide our attendees through greening their own meetings and events.
“We do our part to leave the world a better place than we found it. We are committed not only to implementing best practice in event sustainability ourselves but also to using our influence to encourage everyone in our industry to maximise their efforts.”
Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group