Microsoft is cracking down on plastic at this year’s Future Decoded as part of a plan to host the most sustainable event to date.
Thousands of business leaders, journalists and technology fans are expected to attend the event at the ExCeL in London on October 1 and 2, which this year will focus on how businesses can use technology to improve how they work.
Speakers include astronauts Tim Peake and Helen Sharman; Christian Horner, Team Principal of the Formula One Red Bull team; Cindy Rose, Chief Executive of Microsoft UK; and Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer.
The company is tackling single-use materials during the two-day event, Microsoft’s biggest annual event in the UK, and is encouraging visitors to take reusable water bottles and use re-fill stations located throughout the venue. All coffee cups will be 100% recyclable, including compostable stirrers and recyclable sleeves, while plants used around the event will be recycled and replanted.
Microsoft will take a digital-first approach to signage, to reduce the use of materials. Any roller banners that are used throughout the event will be reused, along with the printed material and cartridges. The ExCeL will turn PVC banners into traffic cones as part of its recycling programme.
Microsoft said it is “committed to enabling a sustainable future by empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to thrive in a resource-constrained world through the use of technology like AI”.