Energy Revolution members worked together to increase sustainable travel to Shambala Festival this year.
Supplier member, S2VS, took their EV charging service to Shambala Festival this year. It was their first trial at a music festival, with the Shambala team and audience once more leading the way in pioneering new environmental initiatives and willingness to champion innovation.
“Shambala is powered by 100% renewable energy. As part of our strategy to reduce transport-related emissions it was a natural next step to offer electric car charging, using the renewable energy generated onsite.” Chris Johnson (Operations Director, Shambala Festival)
The capacity to charge Electric Vehicles at the event makes travelling electric far more attractive, saving the hassle of finding and stopping at recharge services offsite with a car full of tired festival goers wanting to get home.
How did it work? S2VSsection-off a designated area of the car park specifically for EV Charging and parking. EV car owners simply drop their car and they do the rest, charging, security, reparking – all taken care of by the team.
“Why shouldn’t EV drivers benefit from a few perks for doing the right thing by the environment?? They have the right to driver their own car, van or motorhome to any event, safe in the knowledge they can charge on-site in order to make the journey home as safe and as short as possible.“ S2VS UK
S2VS are already exploring completely green & sustainable solutions for next season, with battery storage and solar PV playing a major role in how the electricity to charge the vehicles is generated, stored and utilised.
RAW Foundation have published the Guide to Reusable Bar Cups at Events, the final resource for events in the AIF’s ‘Drastic on Plastic’ campaign which brought over 60 festivals together to ban single-use plastic at events by 2021.
The guide provides event organisers with comprehensive information about why to choose reusable cups rather than disposables, the environmental benefits, tips on how to manage reusable cups onsite, and examples of how festivals have been successful.
The Drastic on Plastic Action Pack also includes the Plastic-Free Festival Guide, which provides an overview of the action events can take, a festivalgoer guide, and templates for an A6 lanyard mini-guide.
Changing to reusable bar cups is one of the key changes organisers can make, and is being adopted by more events every year, with festivals such as Shambala, Download, Glastonbury and many sports sector events and venues using them.
The core message of the campaign is ‘re-use not single use’. RAW Foundation is working across the event industry to inspire change toward a ‘pointless plastic free’ world, and is presenting a new conference at the Showmans Show on Thursday 18th October, the day after the Vision:2025 event which looks at how events can cut environmental impacts across all areas.
The RAW Foundation Reusable Cup guide can be downloaded HERE
Energy Revolution has been invited back to the Vision:2025 annual conference on festival sustainability hosted at The Showman’s Show at Newbury Showground on October 17th2018.
This will be the 3rdannual meeting of the 70+ festival organisers signed up to the Vision:2025 pledge, with Powerful Thinking, to cut the environmental impacts of their events by 50% by 2025.
The program is planned to empower festival organisers to improve sustainability across their events and combines talks, panel discussions, roundtables and innovation showcases. Energy Revolution will join organisations such as Julie’s Bicycle and A Greener Festival which are building communities of change around sustainability in the Arts, to introduce our support network around the key area of tackling travel emissions.
The afternoon event will be a chance for festival teams to share ideas, best practices and real ‘in the field’ challenges and opportunities. Festival organisers will also learn more about the new suppliers, organisations and communities that are helping the industry move towards more sustainable practices.
Full speaker and session information will be released in September. Festivals that have not signed the Vision:2025 pledge but would like to attend the afternoon can find out more about being member at www.festivalvision2025.net.
Welsh multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Novo Amor aka Ali Lacey is the latest artist to work with Energy Revolution to record and balance the carbon emissions from his upcoming tour with investment in renewable energy projects.
Novo Amor is set to release his debut album ‘Birthplace’ in Oct 2018, the video for the eponymous title track was unveiled last week on June 14th featuring a13-meter long model of a whale, which was made from plastic collected by school children, who received books in return for their donations. The stunning video sends a powerful message about the effect humans are having on the natural world; encouraging viewers to appreciate the beauty in the music and the video but also consider how their use of plastic is impacting the planet. The video was shot in Komodo and Bali, Indonesia, with production duo Sil and Jorik and stars renowned freediver Micheal Board as the ‘figure of humanity’.
Novo Amor is continuing his environmental work by collaborating with Julie’s Bicycle,to minimise waste at shows, and Energy Revolution to limit the environmental impact of his upcoming tour dates by balancing his fuel consumption and Co2 emissions. This “self-applied pollution tax,” as he sees it, will be used to generate clean renewable energy through the projects that we help to support.
“The presence of plastic waste littering our oceans is not a new issue, but it’s an issue that has been worsening for years and is something that we can and should be addressing. The problem is not only a threat to marine life, but to the entire food chain, our whole ecosystem. When something impacts wildlife in such a profound way, we can expect it to impact upon us. The problems are manifold, the repercussions shocking, but there are ways in which we can raise awareness of such an urgent issue, and counter it.” Ali Lacey (Novo Amor)
Watch the video
Find out more about Novo Amor here: www.novoamor.co.uk
Big Lemon Bus Company are the latest project that donations from festival audiences and suppliers in 2017 have gone to support. Energy Revolution is lucky enough to have the chance to invest a small percentage of last year’s donations in this pioneering company that is transforming public transport in their local area and taking the steps needed to create the low carbon infrastructure needed in society.
The Big Lemon Bus Company are true sustainable transport heroes; they provide affordable and environmentally sustainable bus services in and around Brighton. Originally running all the buses on recycled waste cooking oil from local restaurants, The Big Lemon launched the UK’s first solar-powered electric bus in 2017 and they are now converting the entire bus fleet to electric. The electricity needed to power the buses is provided by solar panels on the roof of the bus depot. Donations will go towards the new electric vehicles needed in order to create the UK’s first fully electric bus network.
The Big Lemon bus have core values of community, sustainability and innovation, and we are proud to be helping them in their mission to “enable everyone to get around their community in an affordable, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable way.” They have produced a guide to Community-Led Transport Initiatives, which is offered free of charge to anyone interested in setting up their own initiative, and they also offer training and mentoring support along the way.
Although they are currently concentrating on local bus networks Big Lemon Buses has been delivering festival-goers sustainably to their favourite events for over 10 years, including Brighton to Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude, Reading, Boomtown, End of the Road and Shambala!
Find out more about the Big Lemon Bus Company– and book your festival ride here!
Balancing donations from festivals, audiences and suppliers in 2017 are now powering two more renewable energy projects: Ecossol; which helps fund the installation of solar PV systems on the rooftops of homeowners wanting to go green; and Alternative Energy Developments, which provides biomass heating systems for charity-owned outdoor adventure centres in Scotland.
Ecossol makes it affordable for homeowners in the northeast of England to install solar PV systems, which power their homes and contribute clean renewable energy to the grid. Ecossol monitors and maintains the solar systems and homeowners can use the electricity generated for free in return for the rights to the feed–in tariff payments. Homeowners can then buy their solar PV system outright as well as the rights to the tariff.
Alternative Energy Developments owns and installs biomass boilers that provide low carbon heating systems for venues, including charity-owned outdoor adventure centres in Scotland and a biomass-from-waste-wood venture in Rotherham.
A third of all travel balancing donations from festival audiences in 2017 are supporting these two projects. Both investments were made through Abundance, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. You can find out more about the risks of investing through Abundance on their website.
The remaining two thirds of 2017 donations went to supporting the REACR community owned wind turbine in the forest of Dean.
Find out more about REACR.
Balancing donations from 2017 have been invested in a community owned wind turbine in the Forest of Dean. The project, Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables (REACR) supplies clean electricity to the local community, helping to cut fuel poverty and avoiding the carbon-intensive burning of fossil fuels. The project also offers a fund to support local projects that are working to build community resilience, especially around reducing fuel poverty through energy efficiency and energy education.
The 500KW wind turbine in Alvington creates 1,550 MWh per year, powering 350 local homes with clean electricity and saving 731 tonnes of CO2 each year. The turbine is owned by Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables (REACR), a Community Benefit Society committed to making a positive difference locally in addition to the environmental benefits directly associated with the generation of renewable energy. REACR invest surplus from the operations of the turbine in a community fund, which supports local projects: over the last few years they have supported local schools to buy equipment, helped repair the local church and provided resources for a community playing field.
REACR has received two thirds of the balancing donations made by festivals, audiences and suppliers in 2017, remaining donations are being invested in more UK based renewable energy projects which we’ll share with you soon.
Find out more about Alvington Court Wind Turbine and REACR.
Rock City Stage Crew were Energy Revolution’s star supplier member in 2017, balancing their fossil fuel travel miles to eight UK festivals through direct investment in clean renewable energy. In total they balanced 30,796 litres of fuel – the equivalent of 259,347 average car miles!
Rock City Stage Crew is an award winning family run business, established in 1990, that supplies personnel and training to the Live Events Industry throughout the UK. In 2017, they balanced their fuel use from crew travel and from onsite vehicles used for We Are Fstvl, Download, Lovebox, Wilderness, Creamfields, Boomtown, Reading and BBC Hyde Park.
Rock City are committed to ensuring their operations are sustainable and to balancing their environmental impacts with investment in renewable energy. As well as working with Energy Revolution to balance travel emissions over the last two years, in 2015 they installed 30KW of solar panels on the roof of their HQ, which have generated 49,797.23 KW in two years. They are in the process of updating their fleet to low emission vehicles; to date they have replaced half of their buses with Ford Custom mini-buses with Ford EcoBlue 2.0 litre TDCi engines, which have low fuel consumption and low emissions.
Rock City aims to balance 100% of their CO2 emissions by investment or production in renewable energy by the end of 2020.
Find out more about them at www.rockcitycrew.co.uk
The results are in! This summer 20 festivals and their audiences and suppliers worked with Energy Revolution to balance their travel – in total balancing over 1.1 million miles of festival journeys!
To be precise they balanced 1,169,580 miles travelled in an average car (using DEFRA’s figures) – which is the equivalent of 361,092 kg CO2e.
Energy Revolution will invest 100% of these donations into clean renewable energy projects in the coming year. Helping to turn the problem of fossil fuel emissions into a solution for the future – clean renewable energy.
Thank you to everyone who balanced their journey in 2017 – whether through their ticket purchase or directly through our website. You can find a list of the festivals that we worked with HERE.
In 2018 we will be working with more festivals to balance travel miles working towards our goal of balancing 10 million festival travel miles through direct investment in projects that are creating clean renewable energy for the future.