Imex 2008 - the greenest yet

This year’s Imex show is set to be the greenest yet, according to organiser Regent Exhibitions, with biodegradable delegate badges and alternative energy among the efforts to reduce its environmental impact. Imex claims the show, which is being held on 22-24 April in Frankfurt, will be the first exhibition in its industry sector to use completely biodegradable and recyclable badges. Each year, the show produces more than 21,000 badges. The show will also be the first exhibition at Messe Frankfurt to use green energy, with Imex organisers intending to power the show with hydroelectricity from a local supplier. Among the show’s other environmental initiatives is a Green Supplier Award, in addition to its existing Green Exhibitor Award and Green Meetings Awards, which it runs in conjunction with the Green Meetings Industry Council. The new award is designed to recognise and reward suppliers’ efforts to measure and reduce their impact on the environment. Imex is also encouraging hosted buyers and visitors to travel to Frankfurt by train, with the incentive of train fare discounts given by train company Deutsche Bahn. Visitors travelling by plane are being encouraged to counter their carbon emissions via Imex’s online offsetting scheme.

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