IMEX in Frankfurt – as a planner of international events, there is no better platform for you to learn, experience and meet with the latest ideas in the meetings industry! Today we want to share a few ideas as of how you can make your own events more sustainable – picked from latest IMEX content!

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IMEX Group – Taking leadership in sustainable development in the meetings industry

“We do our part to leave the world a better place than we found it. We are committed not only to implementing best practice in event sustainability ourselves but also to using our influence to encourage everyone in our industry to maximise their efforts.”

says Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group and encourages and sets the tone for the meetings industry to switch to sustainable practise.

IMEX’s Sustainable Stratgegy includes

  • to inspire action: examples to be found in the Sustainable Exhibiting Guide, the refill movement and donations
  • to engage suppliers (but not only! event planners can use all of these tips as well!): by using recyclable materials, providing locally sourced food items, chose compostable packaging

The Motto is what we all should apply in daily life and that of any circular economy: REUSE – REDUCE – RECYCLE

Read the latest sustainability report of IMEX Frankfurt to explore and discover good ideas which can be set into practice quite easily


Sustainable exhibition/events and sustainable give-aways

In 2019, IMEX introduced a Sustainable Exhibiting Pledge to exhibitors at IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America shows. The idea behind it is to encourage  exhibitors to consider their impact on the environment when they take part in trade shows. They are asked to commit to three green actions to minimise their impact at the show. For example, they might commit to reducing all single-use plastics and paper, using public transport to reach the halls or offering sustainable gifts/ giveaways. At any event with a product presentation, there are usually an abundance of things straining after a (usually very short) effect and of absolut no use except to leave them in the hotel room or throw them away at home. They cost money, resources and ad to the clutter.When planning give-aways, do so with consideration of their ecological impact and of their practicability.

In this IMEX blog article is a list of possible sustainable give-aways


Anti-idling action plan for your stand suppliers or any outsourced support for your events

One of the biggest myths around idling is that it’s more efficient to leave a car engine running for a few minutes than to shut it off and turn it back on again. The truth is that with modern fuel-injection technology, starting a car requires almost no fuel. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers estimates that the amount of fuel required to restart a car is the same amount used in just 6 seconds of idling. So why not make this a condition for suppliers who work with you that they not idle when delivering your constructions or catering? More on the website of


The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is given by IMEX to outstanding projects and persons – what can we learn from the winners?

Here are some top tips for planning a sustainable event from those who know best!


IMEX is a supporter of the center for sustainability for the events industry at EIC

EIC is also a great source for ideas and applications/case studies in making the world better through the meetings and events industry – here is a link to the resource library

And here for your better orientation, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals! Use them as guideline for setting your sustainable targets!

Happy and Sustainable planning!

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IMEX in Frankfurt 2020 will take place at Messe Frankfurt from 12 – 14 May 2020, with EduMonday, its pre-show day of learning and insights on Monday 11 May.