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.

Fill It. Scan It. Contribute.

Contribute to the planting of more trees by refilling your VMware Explore water bottle during the event. Simply scan the QR code found either on your water bottle or at a VMware Explore water station each time you fill up. Each scan contributes to One Tree Planted funding to plant trees.


Sustainable Practices

Responsible Materials

Onsite event materials are reduced, reused and recycled where possible:

  • Material recycle stations are located onsite.
  • Promotional items are responsibly sourced through preferred vendors that are progressive and active in pursuing carbon neutral output and support a number of philanthropic foundations, including One Percent for the Planet.
  • All single-use rigid graphics are printed on high-quality recyclable substrates. Aisle signs are printed on 100 percent recyclable, high-quality paper with only non-VOC inks.
  • Energy-efficient (Energy Star) electronic equipment is used when available, and a power-down policy requires all AV equipment to be turned off overnight when possible.

Green Venue

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.


Climate Impact Partners

Climate Impact Partners delivers solutions for action on climate. Together with the world’s leading companies and quality project partners, we will reduce 1 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2030 to transform the global economy, improve health and livelihoods, and restore a thriving planet.

One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted is a nonprofit organization focused on global reforestation. One Tree Planted is dedicated to making it easier for both individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity, and help reforestation efforts.

Fill it Forward

Fill it Forward creates interactive technologies, global giving initiatives, and reusable products that inspire the world to reuse. A Certified B Corporation, they meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and legal accountability.

*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.

Environmental, Social and Governance at VMware

VMware is committed to building a more sustainable, equitable and secure future.