Registration opens for Sustainable Design Summit 2023


The Sustainable Design Summit (SDS) will return to London, UK, on 28 November. Registration is now open. The event will be held at a new location, the Museum of London Docklands.

The summit will spark sustainability conversations across the cruise, hotel and aviation design industries. Designers and specifying experts from across these three sectors will be united by the common goal of making hospitality interiors more sustainable in a series of talks and roundtable discussions that will encourage cross-sector insights and learning.

In 2021, the World Travel and Tourism Council established an ambitious roadmap to reach net zero by 2050. This set out guidelines suggesting sustainable design practices for hotels, airlines and cruise lines. Progress so far has included key industry players setting sustainability targets and initiatives, adoption of circular product lifecycle schemes, and the cruise interiors community collaborating to establish a Sustainable Maritime Interiors initiative.

Delegates talking at the 2022 event

The event aims to build new connections between delegates

The inaugural SDS built strong foundations for the event, with many meaningful conversations and insights taking place across the day’s plenaries and roundtable discussions. These offered a variation from the standard conference format, providing an increased focus on collaboration and in fostering new connections between delegates.

“Fantastic venue, great mix of people and some really interesting speakers. A really timely and important event,” commented Ben Orson, FlyZero cabin lead at Orson Associates. “It was both enjoyable and highly useful for making new contacts and picking up new ideas and insights. I certainly hope to make it a regular item in the diary.”

Now in its second year, SDS attendees will be turning their attention from conversation to action. The curated agenda will feature interactive breakout sessions. Here, representatives of these three industries will converge to hold deep cross-sector conversations ranging from product lifespan planning to creating a more collaborative supply chain across all stakeholders. SDS will also host a Product Showcase featuring products within the cruise, hotel and aviation design sectors.

Products on display

Products will be showcased

Expert-led conference sessions will navigate topics including understanding, analysing and using emissions numbers to drive improvement. Delegates will also gain insight into how they can avoid greenwashing in marketing and understand the regulations and legislation sustainable products must comply with.

Speakers already confirmed include Zuzana Hrnkova, vice president and head of marketing, ATR; André Pettersen, president of hotel operations, Hurtigruten Norway; Sam Hall, director, interior design – Europe – IHG Hotels & Resorts; and Siu Lie Tan, founder, Circular Symbiosis.

To register for an Early Bird pass today click here.

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Izzy has been part of the Business Jet Interiors International team since its second issue, and the editor since 2011. She also edits Auditoria and Railway Interiors International. Outside of work, Izzy is rediscovering her love of art by learning how to paint with watercolors.

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