Environmental Protection @ Messe Berlin
Messe Berlin places high priority on protecting nature and conserving natural resources. The company makes every effort to use resources sparingly and practice environmental protection based on the principle that economic thinking and actions can achieve environmental benefits.
With this in mind, daily processes are continuously adapted to the latest scientific findings and further developed:
- As a result of careful energy management and targeted investments, the amount of fuel used for heating and air conditioning was reduced by 23% and CO2 emissions were lowered by 27% from 2005 to 2013.
- More than 30% of the electrical power required by Messe Berlin is produced by environment-friendly combined heat and power (CHP) systems. Over 40% of the heat energy is produced by burning carbon-neutral wood pellets.
- Service providers are selected based on their ability to meet the latest environmental protection standards.
- Discount monthly passes are made available to encourage the use of public transport by Messe Berlin employees.
- Brochures, forms and other documents are made available for download in order to reduce paper usage.
- Materials that are recyclable, biodegradable or reusable are generally used in all work processes.
Also some of the Messe Berlin trade shows support social and environmental concerns:
ITB Berlin is committed to social responsibility in tourism and supports relief projects including Welthungerhilfe and GTZ in Kenya, Peru, India and other countries. Throughout the year, the trade show offers visitors and exhibitors opportunities to improve their carbon footprint by offsetting through Atmosfair.
The trade show itself is organized and staged based on modern sustainability criteria.
Organized by the ITB Berlin for several years, the conference ”ITB Corporate Social Responsibility Day in Tourism“ focuses additional attention on current issues.
Lights out for the environment
As the operator of the Funkturm, Messe Berlin was supporting once again the environmental protection organization WWF’s "Earth Hour" global community action in March 2016: the radio tower’s lights were shut off for one hour. The action, in which lights are turned off by millions of people all over the world – including numerous buildings in thousands of cities – took place for the ninth time. The goal of this action is to globally increase people´s environmental awareness.