Educating German Companies on Sustainability and Assessing Carbon Footprint

The Fulda Chamber of Commerce and Industry


The Fulda Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK), operating under the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), represents and promotes the regional economic interests of over 15,000 member companies in the city and district of Fulda located in Germany. In addition to strengthening regional economic power, IHK offers company-oriented, practical resources with the mission of improving transport infrastructure, space management, inner city development, tourism, education, and skilled job opportunities.



What are IHK’s current sustainability advocacy priorities?

Acting as a key economic player and agenda setter for the region, we strive to serve as a role model in various fields of sustainability, including carbon emissions reductions and reporting, circular economy, and sustainable finance. With the expertise of partner institutions, politicians, and industry experts, we offer member companies many opportunities to stay informed on innovation, energy law, and the digital future. We also actively participate in the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Hesse’s sustainability strategy.

What actions is IHK taking to help its member companies reduce their environmental impact while remaining profitable?

Reducing environmental impact is a collaborative effort, and we host many educational events throughout the year to support knowledge sharing on sustainability, climate, and innovation tailored to business needs.

For example, every year our chamber hosts the “Fulda Business Day” conference. In 2020, the 27th Fulda Business Day conference gathered 200 in-person attendees to discuss how sustainability can be a driver of economic, ecological and social change – especially with the shifting demographics and the new obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, we also hosted an online conference about climate protection advantages of night-friendly lighting and the alliance between Rhön International Dark Star Reserve and Fulda International Dark Sky City.

The 28th Fulda Business Day coming this year, titled “New Work: Future of Work - Work of the Future,” will focus on how the economy will rebuild in a world that must accept a “new normal.” Throughout the rest of 2021, we will host more online events about the future of renewable, clean energy, e-fuels, and e-mobility, including hydrogen and biofuels.

Member companies can find more resources on environmental impact and sustainability in the Fulda chamber magazine. Prior editorial topics include an overview of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and features on local company sustainability current practices.

Does IHK have climate goals in place for 2025 or even the next decade?

In 2021, we plan to conduct a CO2 balance to help determine the chamber’s carbon footprint. The data gathered from this initiative will be the first of many steps in our journey to becoming a carbon neutral chamber. Over the next year, we will further develop and map out climate goals and objectives for the years and decades to come.