This summer, we’re delighted to be launching the first carbon-balancing scheme specifically tailored to the needs of event suppliers. It’s easy to use, and we provide support for companies who wish to approach their operations more responsibly.
Using our Travel Carbon Calculator, companies can calculate their carbon emissions from journeys to and from events, and donate to Energy Revolution in order to ‘balance’ them. 100% of donations are invested in renewable energy projects; turning the carbon emissions from travel into a world-changing positive investment.
The pilot programme has been produced with support from some of the UK’s most progressive event industry companies, including Chai Wallahs, BES Systems, Rock City Crew, Charge & Store, Firefly and Greenbox Events.
On average, vehicle travel is responsible for more than two thirds of a festival’s carbon footprint. Participation from suppliers will help events and festivals significantly reduce their environmental impacts.
The Suppliers Initiative compliments our audience facing program, which raised more than £8,500 in its first year through point-of-sale travel balancing donations . The funds were invested in wind turbines in Tamil Nadu with charity The Converging World. The initiative has accounted for almost 1.7 million travel miles worth of carbon emissions to date.
Energy Revolution aims to balance 10 million miles of travel emissions in 2017, and is welcoming suppliers, event organisers, artists and artist management companies to join the movement for 2017. To find out more and join the scheme, go HERE.
TheTicketSellers have just become the first festival industry ticket agent to integrate our travel carbon calculator! The calculator allows ticket-buyers to calculate their real carbon emissions when travelling to an event, and gives them the opportunity to donate to ‘balance’ their emissions. 100% of donations are invested in renewable energy projects, turning turns fossil-fuel travel miles into a world-changing positive investment.
The first festivals to sign up to TheTicketSellers new green service are Subsonic, Shindig, Moseley Jazz & Folk Festival, Lunar, Illusive and Nozstock.
They will join eleven pioneering festivals who joined and helped to found the project in 2015, including Bestival, Camp Bestival, Standon Calling, Boomtown, Kendal Calling, Secret Garden Party, Starry Skies, Shambala Festival and Love Saves The Day.
The calculator is fully integrated with TheTicketSellers website, so it’s really easy for an event to join the scheme. There is no cost; an event organiser simply has to tick a box to add it to their event page. The calculator has been created using Government industry carbon statistics for travel.
On average, 70% of an event’s carbon footprint comes from audience travel, so allowing the audience to donate to renewable energy projects is a very easy way to balance a negative impact with a positive action.
Seventeen UK festivals are now on board. Energy Revolution is welcoming more festivals to join the movement. To join Energy Revolution, sign up here or via your TicketSellers account.
While global leaders meet at COP21 in Paris, eleven pioneering UK festivals and their festivalgoers were taking action of their own. You, the Energy Revolutionaries, helped us crowdsource more than £8,500 in our first year, which will turn almost 1.7 million festival travel miles into clean energy.
The donations you’ve raised will be invested in two wind turbines in Tamil Nadu (pictured). Because of India’s coal-based fuel mix and the complementary activities of our investment charity Converging World, investing in renewables has around twice the impact on carbon emissions compared with investing it here in the UK.
It’s a good start that will help us set the precedent for a cleaner, green events industry and help ensure the party goes on forever. But we’re not done yet. The movement is growing and we’re looking for more events to join us. If you’d like to be a part of the Energy Revolution, head here to sign up.
If you’re a festival-goer, you can donate to Energy Revolution when you buy your festival ticket to Bestival, Camp Bestival, Standon Calling, Boomtown, Kendal Calling, Secret Garden Party, Starry Skies, Shambala Festival, Love Saves The Day, Bristol Pride and Just So Festival.
Cassandra Frey-Mills, Co-Director of Energy Revolution said “On average, a staggering 70% of a festival’s carbon footprint comes from audience travel. Some have no choice but to travel by car, but why not change those fossil fuel travel miles into something world-changing?”
The Climate Group have published a comprehensive report which supports the role of renewable energy in tackling poverty in India (The Business Case for Off-Grid Energy in India, February 2015).
The report states that approximately 360 million people in India lack adequate access to grid-electricity and another 20 million households receive less than four hours of electricity per day. To help close this gap, the Government of India has set a target of generating 100 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022.
But while grid connectivity is expected to improve over the next 10 years, at the current rate of grid expansion, urbanization and population growth, 70-75 million households will still lack access to grid electricity by 2024.
Through investments such as those made by Energy Revolution into The Converging World‘s wind turbines in Tamil Nadu, equitable access to clean and reliable energy can be provided to those who need it most in India.
The most recent International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report* has for the first time unequivocally stated that the world must completely phase out fossil fuels and build a 100% renewable energy infrastructure within 30 years to avoid catastrophic global warming. Powerful Thinking, Energy Revolution’s partner organisation, aims to play an active role in this global challenge by working with the festival industry to reduce fossil fuel dependance, and provide information and resources to support festivals in making necessary changes.
*Fifth Assessment Report, IPCC, published October 2014
Ten major UK festivals launch Energy Revolution in an unprecedented festival industry collaboration. The pioneering festivals include Shambala, Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Boomtown, Love Saves the Day, Kendal Calling, Standon Calling, Wilderness and Starry Skies. Soon to be joined by more!
Energy Revolution partners give an option for festival-goers to donate to clean energy projects when they buy their festival ticket, replacing the use of dirty, non-renewable fossil fuels. Festivals and their audiences working together have the opportunity to create real change for a sustainable future, and to keep the party going forever.
On Thursday the 19th February, Energy Revolution launched at the Event Production Show. A distinguished panel of speakers discussed the subject ‘People Planet Profit’. Andy Lenthall (PSA) Chaired for the illuminating and engaging exploration of the topic. Tim Harvey (MAMA), Chris Johnson (Kambe / Shambala festival), Ollie Stroud (Secret Garden Party), Ben Robinson (Kendal Calling) and Chris Rutherford (Boomtown) all shared their experiences from their festivals.
The Energy Revolution initiative and its aims were covered during the panel session, as well as festival green initiatives, audience attitudes, and sustainability at festivals.