12. Resource Management

The company discloses what qualitative and quantitative goals it has set itself with regard to its resource efficiency, in particular its use of renewables, the increase in raw material productivity and the reduction in the usage of ecosystem services, which measures and strategies it is pursuing to this end, how these are or will be achieved, and where it sees there to be risks.

Sustainability, as Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) understands it, includes “[...] a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundlandt definition from the Report of the World Commission on Environment and  Development, 1987).

Climate protection plays a key role in this context. Climate protection is per se sustainable, and not just at the ecological level. Avoiding major climate change creates stability and ensures long-term success at the social and economic levels, as well.

HMC is an organiser of leading global trade fairs which are linked to sustainability. One of these trade fairs is WindEnergy Hamburg, which showcases regenerative energy sources. But HMC not only provides a central meeting place to third parties (such as Heldenmarkt, a trade fair for sustainable consumption) but has adopted internal principles of operational climate protection in its Climate Protection Policy, as well [refer to Criterion 6].  

Climate protection is consequently a core concern from the perspective of corporate responsibility, as well. This is another reason HMC as a public-sector company is committed to doing its share to implement the climate protection policy set forth by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (FHH), and to contributing on a permanent basis.

To this end, HMC supports numerous continuous initiatives towards implementing the principles of climate protection. An excerpt:

General initiatives: Waste: Office supplies and administration building: Soil and water:
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Energy and fuels:
  • Reduction of power consumption (e. g. "Switch Me off” signs on light switches since 2021)
  • CO2 Balance Sheet
  • Energy audit according to German Energy Services Act (EDL-G)
  • 100 % renewable electricity since 2011
  • Compliance with Energy Saving Ordinance of 2014 (exhibition halls)
  • Efficiency Class A
  • On-site electric carts and charging infrastructure
  • Use of daylight instead of electric light whenever possible
  • Retrofitting of energy-efficient technology (e. g. LED lighting, motion detector-controlled light switches in corridors, illumination and media equipment)
  • Company-owned staff bicycles
  • Successive conversion of company cars to hybrid vehicles
Heating / cooling:
  • 99 % recovered waste heat from the district heating network
  • Heat recovery from ventilation systems
  • Ventilation and air conditioning systems controlled separately for each hall
  • UVC air sanitation systems (Halls B1 to B4, East and South entrances)
  • CCH: temperature inside the building during operations is controlled hall by hall and adjusted for the respective building section and season
  • CCH: Air-conditioning takes advantage of the natural cooling effect of the adjacent ‘Planten un Blomen’ Park
Additionally at CCH:
  • Air quality control:
    • natural ventilation (from Planten un Blomen Park)
    • air quality can be adjusted for number of attendees
    • guaranteed air moisture, high air throughput
  • Contaminants:
    • exclusive use of DGNB-certified construction materials
    • compliant disposal of contaminated legacy construction material

The Sustainability Officer regularly reviews all implemented and planned measures, supported by the Sustainability Project Team. Further visions and optimisation potential are being developed. The implementation status of measures is reported regularly to the Executive Board. Furthermore, HMC reports its (planned) savings to the Climate Central Office, the initiator of the Climate Partner Agreement. No internal intermediate quantitative targets have been defined in addition to the FHH saving targets (refer to Climate Plan).

HMC considers its own use of resources and that of its service partners as substantial and is committed to improving the efficiency of its material and energy use steadily. Furthermore, HMC requires its contractors to comply with all applicable environmental and social standards.

One of the key risks in HMC's business operations in terms of natural resources is proper recycling. Ensuring proper separation and recycling of waste is a highly complex task in many trade fairs and events. Exhibitors are required to give preference to reusable materials and adhere to waste separation rules. One example of sustainable material use is the provision of reusable carpeting tiles for events. In addition, certified cradle-to-cradle carpeting is offered as of 2022.

Another perpetual risk in terms of high consumption of natural resources (especially fuels) is associated with the transport of exhibitors, congress participants and visitors to and from the premises. It is not up to HMC to dictate a particular means of transport. All HMC can do is raise awareness and provide incentives (such as discounts for train passengers) (for the results of a scientific study on enhanced integration of public transport in event ticket prices please refer to reporting year 2019).

Also refer to: Our Contribution to The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals