To mitigate climate change, the world needs solutions and people who are determined to take specific action to tackle the challenges of this global crisis. The trade fair and congress industry is no exception – and it has accepted the responsibility of minimising the impact of its activities on world climate. Therefore Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH was one of the first signatory companies of the “Net Zero Carbon Events” initiative launched by the Joint Meetings Industry Council. Other members include the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) and the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA).
Through coordinated efforts around the world, the trade fair and congress sector demonstrates its commitment to actively supporting the development of solutions and new concepts. The Net Zero Carbon Events initiative was officially introduced during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021 (COP26). The signatories agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by the year 2030, and to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050. To this end, the Initiative is developing a road map in a collaborative process which is scheduled to be completed in late 2022. This road map will provide the events industry with recommendations for action which every member will use to develop its own specific programme.
Electric mobility is gaining momentum. Hamburg’s trade fair company supports the mobility transition. In 2021 it began to install permanent, freely accessible charging stations for electric vehicles in its car parks to enable the convenient charging of electric vehicles on its premises. All charging points are connected to the City of Hamburg’s public charging infrastructure.
More than 100 new charging stations are scheduled to be available by the end of 2022. Most of them – roughly 60 alternating current (AC) charging points – will be located in the “Ost” underground car park in “Bei den Kirchhöfen” street. The same facility will also offer several rapid charging points and there will be charging stations for long-stay parkers as well. 30 charging points are already available in the “West” underground car park in Rentzelstraße, and an additional 14 in the CCH underground car park in Tiergartenstraße. In the “Mitte” car park building in Lagerstraße, 24 charging points are to be added by December 2022 at the latest. Furthermore, there are plans to install a transformer station for up to 30 temporary charging points at the “West” car park in 2023.
Ensuring the safety of guests and staff members has always taken top priority at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. To provide a safe environment at all events and workspaces for people to enjoy gathering without worrying about their health, the trade fair company has developed a comprehensive set of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, working closely with the responsible authorities and institutions. As a key element of the resulting hygiene strategy, UV-C air purifiers were installed in the existing heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems of exhibition halls B1 to B4 as well as in the eastern entrance area in 2020 and 2021. “These units clean the indoor air efficiently, eliminating coronaviruses and other microbes. Combined with other hygiene measures, we achieve an air sterilisation rate of up to 95 per cent in our halls. The people who come to us get the best protection possible,” explains Lars Kanbach, Division Manager – Engineering and Infrastructure at Hamburg Messe. The installed UV-C units are powerful: Their air cleaning capacity is 1,094,500 cubic metres of air, or more than a billion litres, per hour!