Mitigating the Carbon Footprint
VMware is mitigating the carbon emissions* associated with VMware Explore 2023 attendee participation by investing in nature-based solutions that sequester carbon. More specifically, VMware supports the Three Rivers Grasslands Restoration project, which removes carbon from the atmosphere by restoring degraded grasslands. We aspire to host a carbon neutral event and our 2023 Explore series demonstrates progress towards this goal.
Our selected venue, Fira Gran Via, features a sustainability policy aligned with their commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability, and is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Fira de Barcelona venues consume 100% green energy and only consume electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydraulic, tidal and geothermal, together with biomass and biogas.
- Fira Gran Via is a pioneer in Spain in furnishing an entire venue with IoT technology to optimize energy consumption associated with HVAC and has also installed low consumption lighting systems.
- Fira Gran Via has one of the biggest rooftop photovoltaic plants in the world with 25,947 panels that generate 5.86GWh of electricity per year, avoiding the emission of more than 2,200 tonnes of CO2.
- Gastrofira, the in-house food & beverage department, is committed to collaborating with local suppliers and producers for many of the items purchased for food production and regularly donates healthy food surpluses.
*The carbon footprint of VMware Explore 2023 attendee participation includes event production (build materials, shipping and disposal), venue electricity, attendee catering, and hotel accommodations, and excludes attendee and event crew travel to/from the event. This calculation is based on historical and current data, as well as industry-accepted averages.