Messe Frankfurt has passed the audit for the internationally recognised environmental management system by the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
With the EMAS validation, which also meets the requirements of environmental management norm ISO 14001, the company commits itself to continually improving its environmental performance.
Following the successful validation, the certificate was officially presented on 23rd November to Messe Frankfurt President and CEO Wolfgang Marzin by Melanie Nolte, Vice President of the Frankfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Wolfgang said, “the Frankfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce has been accompanying companies through the EMAS certification process for many years. We are particularly delighted that a renowned company like Messe Frankfurt, which has always played such a central role in Frankfurt life, has now been awarded this environmental certificate and is demonstrating its future viability to impressive effect.”
The environmental management system applies to Messe Frankfurt GmbH together with Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH, and the company’s subsidiaries Messe Frankfurt Medien und Service GmbH and Accente Gastronomie Service GmbH, all of which are based on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds.
This environmental management system (EMAS), which was developed by the European Union, is geared towards companies that continually improve their environmental performance on their initiative. Companies that adopt the EMAS environmental management system commit to recording all environmental aspects of the company and conforming with all environmental laws. To meet these requirements, Messe Frankfurt drew up an environmental policy and set ambitious environmental targets.
These are included in Messe Frankfurt’s binding ecological target to be climate-neutral at its Frankfurt base by 2040 at the latest. The company sees this as attaining greenhouse gas neutrality and establishing a sustainable water management system. The transformation process includes all Messe Frankfurt companies at its Frankfurt base.
Messe Frankfurt has left the difficult and demanding last three years behind it and is now enjoying both qualitative and quantitative growth in Germany and abroad. By the end of the financial year 2023, approximately 340 events will have been held worldwide under the Messe Frankfurt Group umbrella, with more than 84,000 exhibitors and an estimated four million visitors.
As well as taking its worldwide core business to the next level, Messe Frankfurt will be investing more in modern technologies and sustainable event management and using this to strengthen its international competitive position. Back in 2022, Messe Frankfurt had already decided of its own accord to introduce the environmental management system EMAS.
Wolfgang added, “the EMAS certification that we received a few days ago is a key achievement for our business. It is just one of the numerous voluntary commitments and sustainable measures with which we have been actively engaged for years. EMAS will also help us to meet the challenges of the new EU regulations and the sustainability reporting requirements that this entails. Now that we are financially independent again, we are actively tackling the digital transformation process in the Group and plan to
complete many parts of this by 2026. With this, we are starting the greatest modernisation project in Messe Frankfurt’s company history.”
With global Group standards and the fast availability of knowledge about customers and markets, Messe Frankfurt wants to increase its efficiency in managing its Group activities around the world. At the same time, it is laying the foundations for additional data-based B2B marketing services that are provided all year round.
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