Sustainability at IMEX
At IMEX, we have always set our sustainability sights high
We're on a mission...
For everything we do, we look at ways we could do it more sustainably and more regeneratively. We consider all aspects of sustainability and the impacts on people and the planet. We’re committed to benchmarking our performance against industry best practice such as EIC’s Sustainable Event Standards, helped by our sustainability consultants, MeetGreen.
But we can’t do it alone, collaboration with our supply chain and everyone attending our shows is paramount.
Net zero roadmap
Our net zero roadmap
Our goal is to make the biggest possible impact on a net zero future.
To achieve this, we plan to deliver net zero events and run a net zero business by 2030. We’re also committed to helping our industry take action to address the climate crisis.See our net zero roadmap
Our net zero roadmap objectives
Rewards, support and education on sustainability in the events industry and beyond
How we reward
We reward and recognise organisations making significant commitments to reduce their environmental impact through the IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
We're proud to reuse our show supplies and materials
It’s important to us that all materials featured at our shows have a past and a future.
- We collect food and materials that would otherwise be thrown away for distribution to those in need at both our shows
- At IMEX America leftover hotel amenities are turned into Clean the World hygiene kits for donation to the Las Vegas Shade Tree Shelter for women and children. Lanyards and stationery items are collected for reuse by Teachers Exchange
- At IMEX Frankfurt, plants and stationery items are collected and donated to the local orphanage (Stiftung Waisenhaus) and other charities
- Our show carpets are either re-used or recycled
Committed to driving industry change
Committed to driving industry change
We received MeetGreen’s Visionary award for sustainability for IMEX America and IMEX Frankfurt. This award recognises organisations that “lead within their own industry, prioritize measurement and work to move the sustainability dial. Research and develop new initiatives to improve environmental performance and use their buying power to drive change with venues and vendors.”
How we're reducing our carbon footprint
- Our show is powered by 100% renewable hydroelectricity in Frankfurt, and 30% solar energy in Las Vegas. We also offset 100% of our carbon emissions at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
- We champion a People and Planet Pledge to encourage all attendees and exhibitors to take four simple actions to minimise our environmental impact and help the local community
- We ask all participants to carbon-offset their travel, offer renewable powered train travel to Frankfurt to all European hosted buyers through Deutsche Bahn. We promote walking routes and public transport in our host cities
- We partner with Heka Health to incentivise healthy habits at our shows
- Anti-idling is standard for transfers, and transfers at our Frankfurt show are carbon offset by our transport partner
- Our venues sort and recycle leftover waste – 80% of mixed waste in Frankfurt is recycled, and the energy generated by incinerating the remainder generates power for the community
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Minimising our environmental impact
- 95% of waste is diverted from landfill at IMEX America, meeting the industry threshold for a zero waste event
- We encourage exhibitors to place water coolers on their stands, and ask our attendees to bring reusable water bottles, coffee cups and bags
- We offer waterwise, meat-free and emissions friendly food options and menu labelling, and compostable serviceware and food packaging. 26% of all burgers sold at IMEX America 2021 were meatless burgers that use 89% less emissions and 97% less water than the average meat burger
- We serve aluminium water bottles instead of single-use PET plastic water bottles at IMEX America
- Our polypropylene carpets, organic cotton lanyards and paper/polylith badges are recyclable, and we place easy-to-spot recycling bins throughout our shows
- Our rigid signage is plastic-free, reusable and recyclable paperboard. We experiment with recyclable materials such as Neenah conVerd paperboard instead of PVC and sintra
- We build a People and Planet Village on the show floor at IMEX Frankfurt to showcase resources, tools and innovations, including our own sustainability and EDI initiatives. We promote industry associations and community projects and offer a space to be inspired and meet like-minded people
Our legacy and CSR
Giving back to our home and host cities
Our host cities are our homes from home twice a year, and giving back to their local communities is our way of saying a heartfelt thank you for the warm welcome the IMEX family receives.
IMEX America 2021 attendees joined the KLH Group Clubhouse Build to help construct Luna’s Clubhouse on site. Together, a special play space was created for Luna, a local Vegas child with paediatric cancer.
How we support our communities
- In Frankfurt we support the Haus Lichtblick shelter
- In Las Vegas, we support The Shade Tree shelter, Opportunity Village and Spread the Word Nevada.
- Our home city is Brighton and Hove, UK and we choose to support The Clock Tower Sanctuary.
You can find out more about the construction of Luna’s clubhouse in our press release.
Legacy is embedded into our company ethos, so we checked in with IMEX staff about their own personal legacy to find out what it means to them.
Together, we can minimise our impact on the environment and regenerate our communities.
Discover more initiatives which help support our aim of uniting and advancing the meetings industry.
Meet our Green Squad
A member of our Green Team, Roger makes sure sustainability is considered in everything we do, and drives through green campaigns such as #greencaffeine and our refill movement. Before IMEX, Roger was a mortgage advisor at the Alternative Bank Switzerland; outside IMEX, drinking coffee and eating cake, either home-made or from one of Brighton and Hove’s bountiful cafés, takes priority.
Ellie spent six years working as a meeting planner before joining us in 2010. Ellie looks after our content marketing, researching trends and industry insights and working closely with our Knowledge and Events team. She edits IMEXbites (our internal newsletter) and is a long-standing member of our Green Squad, ensuring sustainability is top of our agenda.
Away from the office, Ellie loves staying active and is most at home on the tennis court or spending time at the beach with her two children.
David’s career has taken him from hotelier, through sales, and through various different continents, before settling down at IMEX HQ in Hove. His busy and varied role here sees him looking after our hosted buyer groups, nurturing and growing our relationships globally, and developing market expertise. Outside work, David can be found hosting family and friends to home-cooked dinners, always with a glass of wine or two – or out on the football field.
Part of our in-house design studio Maddy brings her creative flair to everything from our show signage to our digital and print advertising campaigns, putting her previous digital design and marketing experience to excellent use. Outside IMEX the creativity continues through crafting, crochet, embroidery, sewing and drawing. When not busy creating, hula hooping is Maddy’s pastime of choice.
Joining IMEX from her role as events manager for Brighton’s Malmaison Hotel, Hannah brings her event expertise to running the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forums global programme, helping to nurture the next generation of event professionals; and to managing our Inspiration Hub speakers.
Part of the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter Marcomms committee and board, curating their monthly newsletter and managing their social media, she also finds time to foster dogs for a local animal charity, bake, play badminton, and spend time on the beach with friends and family.
Liz joined IMEX from the Brighton Centre where she looked after the conference division. Before that she was at VisitBrighton as Destination and Conference Manager for our wonderful home city of Brighton and Hove – and most importantly exhibiting at IMEX every year with VisitEngland. Beyond IMEX, Liz’s organisation skills are put to excellent use as she juggles looking after her twins, playing and watching sports, travelling, cooking, serving as a school Governor and volunteering for Brighton Cooking Club, providing hot meals to those in need. At IMEX, Liz uses her previous exhibitor
One of the original launch team for our first show in Frankfurt in 2003, Hilary was previously assistant to the finance manager at Avenue Exhibitions, Avenue Publications and GoodBean Coffee. Outside work Hilary loves going on holiday with her family. She also organises fundraising events for her village’s Bonfire Society to make sure Bonfire Night goes off with a bang - and organises the Bonfire Night street collection raising thousands annually for several local charities.