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Sustainable Design Summit Returns for 2023

June, Brighton – Registration opens for Sustainable Design Summit, returning to London on 28 November. Now in its second year, the summit will spark sustainability conversations across cruise, hotel, and aviation design industries in a new location, Museum of London Docklands. 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.

Sustainability is today’s most urgent topic for interior designers. 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. These three sectors are already making progress, with prominent changes including 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.

The inaugural Sustainable Design Summit (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.

Many meaningful conversations took place at the inaugural SDS

“Fantastic venue, great mix of people and some really interesting speakers. A really timely and important event,” Ben Orson, FlyZero Cabin Lead at Orson Associates comments. “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.”

Spark sustainable action

Now in its second year, SDS attendees will be turning their attention from conversation to action. This will be catered to in a curated agenda featuring 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. Sustainable Design Summit will also host a Product Showcase featuring the most environmentally responsible products within the cruise, hotel, and aviation design sectors.

Connect with sustainable suppliers at the SDS Product Showcase

Expert-led conference sessions will navigate various 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 & 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.

About Sustainable Design Summit

Sustainable Design Summit is here to make sustainable choices easier, challenge existing practices and together create practical solutions. The Summit is organised by Elite Exhibitions, organisers of Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas and Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe. For more information on SDS, please contact Marketing Manager Olivia Irving at or call on +44 1273 086 330.

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