UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has announced Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (‘HML’) is the winner of its 2023 UFI Operations & Services Award.
The topic for the 2023 UFI Operations & Services Award was ‘Successful examples of operational measures to reduce the carbon footprint of trade fairs and events’. The award honoured and recognised organisations that have successfully implemented outstanding projects that have already helped in reducing the carbon footprint of a specific event, multiple events, a venue, or a specific associated service; and which has laid the foundations for continued improvement.
Stefan Eckert, senior vice-president services at Koelnmesse GmbH and chair of the UFI Operations & Services Working Group said: “Congratulations to HML who shared with us their impressive Decarbonisation Strategy through Continuous Analysis and Enhancement of Facilities Energy Efficiency. Their proven record of successfully implementing operational initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of events showcases their commitment to sustainability and their ability to deliver measurable results.”
“Sustainable Development, Technology Enhancement, and Continuous Improvement are three of HML’s eight guiding principles. HML strives to be at the forefront of a greener event industry. We are proud to have started our decarbonisation journey, invested resources in upgrading facilities to reduce energy consumption and cultivated our staff members in daily operation as well as facility planning. Receiving the 2023 UFI Operations & Services Award from the world’s leading industry association is a strong endorsement of our commitment to sustainability and our achievements of reducing carbon emissions,” said HML managing director Monica Lee-Müller.
The Jury also recognised two other finalists as Best Practices, for the quality of their projects: Fiera Milano (Italy) for presenting their first carbon footprint assessment of the event ‘Homi fashion & jewels’ and actions taken to offset the CO2 emissions generated, and Bar Convent Brooklyn, an RX event for their waste impact reduction initiative. The entries of the two finalists are available for download at: The 2023 UFI Operations & Services Award.
More information on the UFI Awards is available at www.ufi.org/awards.
The 2023 UFI Award winners will share their projects at the 90th UFI Global Congress, which will take place 1-4 November 2023 in Las Vegas. For more details on the UFI Global Congress, please visit www.uficongress.org.