How can we be more sustainable? It’s a question that is at the forefront of everyone’s minds – from world leaders at November’s COP26 discussing how to battle climate change, right down to our individual purchasing decisions as consumers. It’s certainly not an easy question to answer and not an issue that can be solved in silo either.
The importance of collaboration is key to driving a more sustainable future, and it’s a core focus at Expo 2020 Dubai – an event I have been lucky enough to be part of through Canon’s partnership as official Printing and Imaging Provider. As a sustainability team we recognise the role that diversity has to play in the discussion for change. That’s why, over the course of six months from October 2021 to March 2022 we will have seen the presence of not only our Sustainability Director and Environmental Specialist at World Expo, but also our charity partners and the young people we support through our social initiatives giving them a chance to speak out about their sustainability work.
Expo 2020 Dubai brings together 192 countries to showcase current and future sustainable solutions to the world’s challenges and seeks to inspire others to build a better world. It is set within futuristic looking grounds and offers an impressive experience where innovative ideas are powered by tech and inspired by sustainability. Each part of the experience really is considered and offers a taster of the change that could be made outside of the Expo world. For example, I’ve personally never received water in a can before, but it’s accepted practice here, as one of the standards introduced by the event organisers is the Expo 2020 Plastic Pledge, where businesses attending are asked to make a commitment to choosing the planet over plastic. It is something that we at Canon signed up to and we are proud to be 100% compliant with the RISE Guidelines, the organisation working with Expo to measure sustainability performance of the suppliers, partners and pavilions. For us, this meant not bringing non-recyclable plastic packaging into the Expo. Suppliers were also asked to consider using alternatives to single use pre-packed plastic bottles, which is how I found myself drinking canned water.
Andy Tomkins, EMEA Sustainability Engagement Manager Canon
This article first appeared on the website of Canon Europe