The Frankfurt exhibition grounds are a ‘city within a city’. With an area the size of 90 football pitches containing eleven exhibition halls, more than 90 congress and conference rooms and 26 restaurants, services such as stand construction, visitor marketing and catering ensure that a large number of deliveries are needed – and not only when international flagship fairs are taking place. Thanks to the acquisition of three ‘StreetScooter’ electric transport vehicles, it will be possible to make some of these deliveries ‘all-electric’, without any vehicle emissions whatsoever. As Uwe Behm, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, puts it: “Now, carpeting, signage and even break-time snacks can be moved around the exhibition grounds in a climate-neutral manner by Messe Frankfurt’s service partners. With the deployment of StreetScooters, the company has made an investment in the improvement of its ecological footprint.”
Messe Frankfurt has been promoting electromobility for quite some time now. In 2011 the company purchased the first electric Mercedes Benz A- Class car, and has also utilised a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the exhibition grounds. Today, Messe Frankfurt’s fleet boasts multiple electric cars, and Messe Frankfurt makes its charging infrastructure available to exhibitors and visitors at its trade fairs as well, with thirteen charging stations on the exhibition grounds.
Messe Frankfurt’s CSR activities also include increasing its renewable energy generation. With the completion of the new Hall 12, the company has installed its third – and largest – solar power system on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, 5,300 modules generating 1,087 MWh every year. This corresponds to the requirements of 241 single-family homes. The photovoltaic systems on the roof of Hall 10 and the Rebstock multi-storey car park yield an average of 900 MWh of solar energy per year, enough to supply the needs of 200 households.
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