The full summit agenda has been released for the second edition of Sustainable Design Summit, which will take place in London, UK, on 28 November 2023. A forum that unites the cruise, hotel and aircraft interiors sectors, the event is intended as a catalyst for change in interior design across these three industries.
With a strong focus on collaboration and innovation, interior designers, specifiers, sustainability specialists, and suppliers alike meet to share insights and explore the new era of sustainability goals.
The one-day summit tackles today’s biggest challenges with designing and sourcing responsibly. The pivotal opening keynote, ‘Progress, leadership, and transparency through the supply chain’ unites decision-makers across each sector. These include Joshua Wilkie, manager, waste management and circularity programmes at Air Canada; Mathieu Petiteau, newbuilding and R&D director at Ponant; and Sam Hall, director, interior design, Europe, at IHG Hotels & Resorts.
Hosted by Darian Stibbe, global leader, Partnerships for Sustainable Development, executive director at The Partnering Initiative, delegates will be guided through a CPD-certified programme of keynotes and topic-specific breakout sessions focussing on case studies and companies at the forefront of sustainable design. Stand-out sessions include ‘Understanding your emissions: What are your numbers really telling you?’; ‘Materials innovation and collaboration in the supply chain’; and ‘From collaboration to impact: Developing approaches and next steps’.
The speaker line-up features interior designers, both highly specialised and those who work cross-industry, lead specifiers, and sustainability specialists. Brands leading the conversation include Hilton, Royal Caribbean Group, Air Canada, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Holland America Group, Bombardier, Hurtigruten Norway, Winch Design and PriestmanGoode. Certification and sustainability advisory companies such as Lloyds Register, TU Delft and Mind Click will also be sharing their knowledge and what the delegates as brand owners require from the supply chain.
Speaker Mirja Rasi-Mäki, sustainability specialist at Meyer Turku, emphasises the importance of seeking cross-disciplinary solutions to sustainable design obstacles: “Product development partnering and collaboration in sustainability issues are essential in addressing the unique challenges of the maritime industry; bringing together diverse expertise, ensuring regulatory compliance, maximising resource efficiency, adopting innovative technologies, and promoting a positive passenger experience while minimising environmental impact. Through collaboration, the different stakeholders can contribute to making the cruise industry more sustainable and environmentally responsible.”
Included in the day’s agenda is the zero-waste Product Showcase of intrinsically green materials and solutions, and numerous opportunities to network allowing delegates to expand their knowledge, discover the latest innovations, and create new relationships across the sectors.