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Energy Revolution members smash carbon balancing targets

Carbon emissions from over 13 million travel miles have been balanced with investment in renewable energy by the 50 festivals and 30 suppliers working with Energy Revolution – smashing the 10 million mile target set when the project launched in 2015. 

The project has gained momentum over the last 5 years with new festivals coming on board including All Points East, Download, Reading and Noisily – with many members actively trailing new ways to engage audiences in travelling more sustainably – from incentivising coach travel and rewarding car-sharing to building carbon-balancing donations into car parking passes. Suppliers including Judgeday, Rock City Stage Crew and Tuned In Travel continue to work with Energy Revolution to balance company travel miles and this year many catering concessions have signed up to do the same.

“There is a growing momentum from the live events industry to understand and take responsibility for its environmental impacts – Energy Revolution has succeeded in engaging a committed community of festivals, suppliers and their wider audiences in this vital conversation while channelling their donations into direct action by supporting renewable energy.” Alison Tickell, CEO, Julie’s Bicycle & Trustee of Energy Revolution    

Energy Revolution has had significant support from the wider events industry this year with the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) scooping an industry first in November by balancing the travel emissions associated with the production of Festival Congress and the UK Festival Awards naming them charity partner for the second year running. Supplier focused events The Showman’s Show and Event Tech Live both offered travel balancing to delegates in 2019 and Event Buyers Live have announced their commitment to balance production emissions next year. 

Donations from this year will go to projects that install solar panel systems on UK schools to give them access to affordable renewable energy and that work with the schools and local community groups to maximise the environmental, educational and community impact of the installations. 

Mike Smyth, Chair of The Schools’ Energy Co-operative, one of the projects benefiting from donations, commented; “We are delighted to have support for The Schools’ Energy Co-operative from the festival and events industry through Energy Revolution – it means we can continue to make affordable solar energy a reality for schools across the UK.” 

Event Buyers Live 2020 partners with Energy Revolution to tackle carbon emissions

All travel associated with the organisation of Event Buyers Live 2020, the industry buyer meets supplier event, is to be balanced to create a travel carbon neutral event with Energy Revolution.

Event Buyers Live, which takes place from November 23-25, 2020 – has formed a partnership with Energy Revolution to balance the carbon emissions caused by staff and speaker travel. Furthermore, all delegates attending the event will be offered the opportunity to carbon balance their travel too and100 per cent of all funds generated willbe invested in projects that create clean renewable energy.

“At Event Buyers Live 2019, I had the pleasure of chatting with a number of event organisers about event and festival sustainability,” explained Chris Johnson, CEO of Energy Revolution. “I am really pleased to be returning to the industry event, working with the event’s organising team to help them measure the carbon emissions created by travel.

“It’s incredibly important that an industry event walks the walk and leads by example. What’s also great news is the fact that EBL20 is taking place at De Vere Orchard Hotel, which recently won a CHS Award for its sustainability achievements.”

Energy Revolution will support Event Buyers Live to calculate the carbon emissions generated and will provide a range of tools that the organising team can share with partners and stakeholders so that they can become members of Energy Revolution and/or balance their travel emissions to EBL 2020.

Furthermore, Energy Revolution will be present at the event to explain the impacts of travel and the solutions it offers to event organisers, suppliers, artists, production and audiences.

Neil Fagg, event director of Event Buyers Live, commented on the partnership: “Environmental issues and the importance of sustainability continue to feature in mainstream media and because of that, event and festivalgoers expect event organisers to create events that meet their growing green expectations.

“We are delighted to be working with Energy Revolution to make Event Buyers Live a travel carbon neutral event. To reiterate Chris’ statement, we educate the market on sustainability through Stand Out, and we must now practice what we preach and show as an organiser that we too can make a difference.”

To register your interest in attending Event Buyers Live 2020, call 01795 509113 or visit

UK festivals awards and Energy Revolution

Energy Revolution charity partner at UK Festival Awards 2019

Energy Revolution is partnering with the UK Festival Awards again this year to offer visitors the chance to balance their travel emissions with investment in renewable energy.

The UK Festival Awards shortlists for 2019 have just been revealed, one month before the event’s much anticipated return to the Troxy in London on December 5th. Following the sell-out success of its 2018 edition, the 16thannual ceremony will once again present accolades across 22 categories that honour teams and individuals in all areas of the festival industry.

Michael Baker, Awards Manager for the UK Festival Awards, commented: “With over 450 submissions made and 55,000 votes cast, this has been an especially competitive year that stands as a testament to the incredible efforts of the UK festival industry in 2019. Thank you to all of those who participated, and congratulations to our finalists – we look forward to celebrating all of your achievements with you at the UK Festival Awards on December 5.”

The shortlists can be viewed here. Categories include Best Major, Medium-Sized, and Small Festival; the new Women In Festivals Award; The Innovation Award; Line-Up of the Year; The Brand Activation Award; and Best Festival for Emerging Talent.

Presented by rapper, comedian and actor Doc Brown, the UKFA ceremony will be bookended by an extended drinks reception and in-house afterparty with music from DJ duo, Scratch Perverts.

Tickets for the UK Festival Awards are priced at £125 (plus VAT) and can be purchased here. They include a seat at the ceremony, access to the networking reception and in-house afterparty, plus street food catering and some complimentary drinks.

If you’d like to get in touch with the UK Festival Awards team for sponsorship opportunities, contact Craig Jackson. For all other enquiries, contact the Festival Awards team

Festival Vision: 2025 Conference on event sustainability – programme goes live

The Festival Vision: 2025 conference returns to The Showman’s Show on Wednesday 16th October this year for another afternoon of talks, panels and presentations on event sustainability with industry-leading guests. 

It’s a chance for festival organisers to get together and talk about the successes of the last seasons and look to the opportunities ahead in 2020. This year for the first time sessions will be open to all delegates to The Showman’s Show. 


Programme highlights include:

  •  Keynote speaker Sophie Thomas, introducing the Circular Economy model and what it means to events in the coming decade
  • Julie’s Bicycle on climate emergency on the global stage, public arena and broader creative community 
  • The Future of Food’ looking at food waste, provenance, zero-packaging and the practicalities of implementing initiatives onsite 
  • ‘Insights on Waste Management’ gathers experts who’ve worked on some of the UK’s most celebrated events to consider how to implement effective waste strategy and engage audiences
  • ‘Innovations in Energy’ session showcases the latest in power management, monitoring & efficiency from suppliers and consultants
  • Preview of The Show Must Go On report & update on the future of Festival Vision

Full programme below or download HERE

Event Industry Green Survey

Powerful Thinking Launch Event Industry Green Survey

Calling all event organisers! Please take a few minutes to tell our founding partner Powerful Thinking about the environmental measures you have taken over the last season and your plans for next year. 

The data will contribute to the 2nd edition of The Show Must Go On report, to be published early 2020, after the success of Powerful Thinking’s ‘Festival Vision: 2025 Crowdfunder’ which secured over £28,000 of funding for the project.

All entrants to the survey have a chance to win a delegate pass for this year’s Green Events & Innovations conference (GEI) at the ILMC on 3 March 2020. 


First launched in 2015, with support from the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and The Association Festival Organisers (AFO) the survey helped inform the seminal environmental report The Show Must Go On and the launch of Festival Vision: 2025 – a shared vision for a sustainable event industry. 

Now four years on, with almost 80 UK festivals having taken the Festival Vision: 2025 pledge to reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2025, the results from the 2019 survey, shared as anonymous aggregate data, will support research for the The Show Must Go On report 2020 allow the Powerful Thinking Steering Group to track trends and progress. 

The survey is open until December 21st2019. The GEI ticket winner will be announced in Jan 2020

Event Tech Live offer Carbon-balancing

Event Tech Live offers carbon balancing to travellers

Event Tech Live has partnered with Energy Revolution to provide travellers to the event with the opportunity to balance travel carbon to this year’s event.

This year marks the sixth edition of the ever-popular show and promises to be bigger and better. ETL showcases the latest event technology as well as the best event practices, pulling in experts from all sectors of the industry to demonstrate their professional opinions, research and expertise.

The show runs from 6th-7th November 2019 and takes place at the Old Truman Brewery, East London. Its sister event, Event Technology Awards takes place on the evening of the first day (6th) at Troxy.


AIF make Festival Congress first travel carbon neutral industry conference

The Association of Independent Festival’s annual Festival Congress in Sheffield 6-7th November this year, is set to be the first travel carbon neutral events industry conference, working with Energy Revolution to balance the carbon emissions from travel for all speakers and staff with investment in projects that create clean renewable energy. Delegates will also be offered the option to balance their travel emissions with a donation at point of ticket sale – with 100% of all donations going directly to renewable energy projects.

The sixth annual Festival Congress, following five consecutive sold-out events, is expected to attract over 350 delegates. The conference will take place at Abbeydale Picturehouse, a stunning, Grade II listed, 1920’s cinema. Buy tickets and find out more about the programme here.

AIF CEO Paul Reed said: “Following an exciting inaugural year in Sheffield, Festival Congress has firmly settled into its new home and is back with our most ambitious and varied programme to date. We’ll be debating the key issues currently facing the independent festival sector and, as ever, looking outside of the industry for inspiration. With Abbeydale Picturehouse, we’ve found a conference venue that is aligned with the content and Independent Festival Awards in terms of creativity and atmosphere. In addition, as part of our commitment to environmental change, and following our Drastic On Plastic and Take Your Tent Home campaigns, I’m delighted that AIF is working closely with Energy Revolution to walk the walk and be the first transport carbon neutral event industry conference.”

Vision:2025 to return to The Showman’s Show in 2019

Want to join a community of like-minded festival organisers and suppliers working together to tackle their overall festival impacts? 

The annual Festival Vision: 2025 session returns to the Showman’s Show on Wednesday 16th October 2019.

The session is a chance for event organisers to get inspired, share experiences and meet innovative suppliers. This year for the first time the event will be open to events who are not yet signed up to the Festival Vision: 2025 pledge – through which over 70 events have pledged to am to reduce their CO2 impacts by 50% by 2025.  

This year’s program includes sessions such as ‘The Future of Food’, which will explore food waste, understanding the supply chain and sharing inspirational examples from the season. Additional topics on the table currently include the circular economy, insights on waste management practices and an industry briefing on innovations in energy management with the full program set to be revealed in early September.

Participants can also expect an exclusive preview of some of the new Show Must Go On Report findings and insights from the festival season with panellists presenting initiatives from a number of well-known UK events.

Once again, the three shortlisted exhibitors of the Green Supplier & Innovation award, co-founded by Energy Revolution’s founding organisation, Powerful Thinking, and The Showman’s Show, will be invited to present their sustainable products and services to the event organisers in attendance in a Dragon’s Den style format. 

In addition, there will be networking opportunities over a sustainable lunch and drinks reception at the end of the day. 

Chris Johnson, CEO of Energy Revolution and Chair of Powerful Thinking says: “The Vision:2025 event at The Showman’s Show has proven to be a great success over the last few years. We’re looking forward to returning this year with another set of interesting topics, bringing together organisers and suppliers and sparking some lively debate.”

Email: if you’d like to attend. 

Festival Vision 2025

Festival Vision:2025 Crowdfunder

Energy Revolution’s founding organisation, Powerful Thinking, launched the Festival Vision:2025 Crowdfunder this week, on 11 June. The campaign invites everyone in the industry to be part of an ambitious strategy towards sustainable events – cutting impacts by 50% by 2025. 

The Crowdfunder aims to raise £25k to fund a second-edition of The Show Must Go On Report, which will provide, free-to-use, practical resources, advice and a roadmap for change in key areas – with Energy Revolution trustee, Liz Warwick, heading up the Travel & Transport chapter and our CEO and Chair of Powerful Thinking, Chris Johnson, overseeing the project.  

There are many opportunities for events, companies and individuals to be part of this vision. Below Chris, explains what the project is all about. Get

Watch the video and visit the Festival Vision: 2025 Crowdfunder page for support and sponsorship opportunities:

Love Saves The Day 2019

Love Saves Tomorrow!

The travel-emissions-busting festival hero award for this month goes to Love Saves the Day!

This year as part of the Love Saves Tomorrow sustainability campaign they have pledged to carbon-balance the CO2 emissions from their audience shuttle buses to and from the festival, with investment in renewable energy, through Energy Revolution.

That’s the carbon emissions from 3000 people each day making 90 round trips from the main train station to the site at Eastville Park! 

Photo credit: Benjamin Eagle for Love Saves TheDay 2019