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Climate neutral by 2035

Confex: a mix of conference and exhibition centre

Confex – the new multi-talent
Climate neutral by 2035: Koelnmesse has set the first key points of its sustainability strategy

Nature, events and community – these are the three main fields of action for Koelnmesse’s sustainability activities, which it will realise holistically. All measures and ideas have the aim of becoming a marketplace that makes maximum resource conservation possible during trade fair operations.

“It is a challenge. However, we are approaching this situation with vigour and have a clear goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2035”, says Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer. “To do this, we must reduce CO2 emissions, save resources and convert to renewable energies”, adds Böse, specifying the key objectives at hand. The United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDG) serve as a framework for these and numerous other activities at Koelnmesse and are the basis for Koelnmesse’s future sustainability strategy.

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Koelnmesse named "Company of the Year" 2024

DEUTSCHLAND TEST and FOCUS MONEY have named Koelnmesse "Company of the Year" 2024 in a study conducted by IMWF (Institute for Management and Economic Research). "We are delighted to take first place among trade fair locations in Germany. This achievement further confirms our continued efforts to offer our trade fair visitors and exhibitors first-class experiences. It recognises our success and serves as an incentive in our ongoing pursuit of innovative and sustainable paths for our customers in the future," says Koelnmesse CEO, Gerald Böse.

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Koelnmesse builds Cologne's largest inner-city photovoltaic system

4,800 modules with an output of almost 2.0 megawatt peak (MWp) will effectively reduce CO2 emissions by 1,200 tonnes annually. By constructing Cologne's largest inner-city photovoltaic system, Koelnmesse is taking another step toward achieving its goal of climate-neutral business operations by 2035. In the coming weeks, around 4,800 photovoltaic modules will be installed on the roofs of Hall 11 and the South Entrance, promising an annual yield of 2 million kilowatt hours. "Photovoltaics play a key role in our mission to achieve a future-oriented power supply," says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH.

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A career at Koelnmesse

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Trade fair halls and exhibition center

Koelnmesse's exhibition halls are centrally located in Cologne's city centre, right at the heart of Europe's largest economic region.

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Confex – the new multi-talent

Flexibility, attractiveness and eventization are the emerging requirements for innovative event formats. The fusion of conference and exhibition, the staging of topics through a more compelling variety of experiences, the digital presentation of hybrid trade fairs through the use of sophisticated media technology and modern IT infrastructure: That is what Confex is all about!

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Koelncongress.The right place.

Koelncongress GmbH originated from the distinguished companies KölnKongress GmbH and Koelnmesse Ausstellungen GmbH, and operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koelnmesse GmbH. With around 1,700 events a year in the business units Guest Fairs, Congresses & Meetings, Corporate Events, and Social Events, Culture & Concerts, Koelncongress is one of the leading event service providers in Germany. Based on the experience and know-how of 30 years in business, an extensive portfolio of top-notch locations in the city centre, and the conceptual strength of a full-service partner, Koelncongress offers tailor-made solutions for successful events in the metropolis of Cologne.


On the events in Ukraine

At Koelnmesse we are closely following developments in Ukraine. The Russian attack stands in absolute opposition to our own values. As a trade fair organiser, we stand wholeheartedly for peaceful coexistence and free trade around the world.

The war has caused tremendous uncertainty and commotion regarding unrestricted service provision, monetary transactions and passenger transport between Russia, Belarus and Europe or Germany in particular. We are therefore suspending the participation of Russian and Belarusian exhibitors on our physical and digital platforms until further notice. However, we remain in contact with our partners in Russia, some of whom have been with us for many years and who unfortunately cannot attend our trade fairs now in Cologne.

Curious? Koelnmesse facts and figures


exhibitors from 122 countries

3 Mio.

visitors from 224 countries


employees of Koelnmesse GmbH

284.000 m²

exhibition space

Koelnmesse on social media

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