Sustainability in the exhibition industry

The German trade fair industry: climate neutral by 2040


Future-oriented economy and socially responsible action go hand in hand: the German trade fair industry is setting to become climate neutral.

The German trade fair industry comprises numerous stakeholders which have influence on several industry sectors: site operators, trade fair organisers, exhibitors, visitors, and service providers. We will all work together responsibly to achieve our goals and to continuously improve and expand them in line with social, political, and cross-industry requirements. We will monitor our achievements and report on them on a regular basis. We have compiled a positioning with nine components and thereby established a process which will be developed continuously.


Trade fairs are part of the solution on our path to a climate neutral economy.

Trade fairs are marketplaces for companies worldwide to exchange products and services, but also to enter into new cooperations and to market innovation. Trade fairs are meeting places where industry partners act together as problem solvers and pave the way to a sustainable future. Trade fairs are think tanks for developing economic solutions for the battle against the climate crisis. In short, trade fairs are part of the solution on our path to a climate neutral economy.

The German trade fair industry fully supports the goals of the Paris Agreement  to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Based on the many existing climate neutrality measures of numerous stakeholders within the trade fair business our industry sector wants to contribute to the achievement of the climate target. Thereby we act according to the principle of “avoid before reduce before compensate".

The German trade fair industry is also committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as guiding principles for its own corporate practices and, as a first step, implements the following measures:

 Positioning sustainability

Media Release: German trade fair industry sets ambitious climate protection targets


  • From 2023, sustainability will be part of all tenders, 100 percent green power by 2025

  • Harting: "Trade fairs are part of the solution on the way to a climate-neutral economy“ 

  • 450 million Euro in modernization investments planned in the coming years 


Berlin, August 2, 2022 | The German trade fair industry will become climate-neutral by 2040. By 2025 at the latest, German trade fairs will supply themselves with 100 percent green power. As early as next year, the German trade fair industry will make sustainability a requirement in tenders with its industry partners. These three and six other goals were set by the 69 organizers, associations and hosts of trade fairs in Germany organized in the umbrella organization of the German trade fair industry AUMA at their recent annual conference in Berlin. The realization has started yet. It is a joint process that will be continuously developed. The accomplishments will be surveyed regularly. 

  • Philip Harting, Chairman of the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry AUMA: "Trade fairs are part of the solution on the way to a climate-neutral economy. Trade fairs are the meeting places where industry partners, as problem solvers, jointly pave the way to a sustainable future. Our trade fair venues have been working for years to become increasingly sustainable. Now we are setting industry-wide sustainability standards for our sector of the economy. The principle of avoidance before reduction before compensation applies. In order to remain attractive as the meeting places for the problem solvers of our time, we are tackling this major task in an extremely tense economic situation for our industry after almost two years of a trade fair ban."   

 Media Release


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