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Green Gathering’s Green Traveller Challenge

In the face of climate emergency, The Green Gathering is inviting festival goers to take a leap and become ‘Green Travellers’. The festival’s onsite carbon emissions are almost zero, an achievement recognised by the European Green Operations Group and the International Greener Festival Awards. The last big hurdle for organisers aiming to create a carbon neutral event is travel; in 2018 this accounted for 98% of The Green Gathering’s emissions!

Launched this spring, the festival’s Green Traveller Guide aims to empower ticket buyers to choose low impact transport. The Guide has tips for finding the best public transport deals, packing light, cycling and liftsharing. Incentives include complementary festival programmes, express shuttle bus from Chepstow railway station, free guided cycle rides from Bath and Bristol, and special offers on camping accessories courtesy of upcycled tent pioneers Camplight.

Choosing public transport can reduce a festival-goer’s emissions by up to 87%. By teaming up with Energy Revolution, The Green Gathering offers travellers chance to use a carbon calculator to compare modes of transport. There’s also an option to balance travel emissions by donating to Energy Revolutions’ renewable energy projects. In 2018, 100% of donations went to Solar For Schools, putting panels on school roofs and renewable energy education on the curriculum.

“Our aim this year is to directly reduce the carbon emissions of our festival-goers travel by encouraging and incentivising behaviour change. Once we’ve gone as far as we can with that, in maybe a year or two, we’ll focus on balancing travel through donations to Energy Revolution projects.” 

– Em Weirdigan, Green Gathering director

DGTL Festival win AFG International Festival & Greener Transport Award

The debut International A Greener Festival (AGF) Awards recognised festivals from eight countries across three continents for their environmental practices at the conference earlier this month. Amongst the winners was DGTL Festival who won both the International Greener Festival Award, for their boundary-pushing work in reducing the event’s overall environmental impacts, and the Greener Transport Award for targeting reductions in audience, artist and production travel emissions.  

DGTL Amsterdam doesn’t only seek to reduce their environmental impact, but pushes boundaries to innovate, using the event as a test bed to find better ways that we can organise ourselves as individuals and as a society – Waste problem becomes resource solution. They have put sustainability at the forefront of their ambitions as an organisation. 

DGTL Amsterdam takes place across the water behind Amsterdam Central Station and has its own ferry service for three days. Being the culture of the Netherlands most people travel by bike – zero emissions transport!
 
Only 10% of the audience arrive by car and car occupancy is high. The event makes provision so that public transport and cycling are the cheapest and easiest options for people attending the event. Bikes are provided for production staff and electric “Stint” vehicles for production transport. Off site DGTL use Segways for litter collection and transport, being next to a dock means the festival can take advantage of river freight for deliveries. DGTL also measure and aim to reduce the artist travel impacts, beginning with ground transport efficiencies and lift sharing. 

Find out more about DGTL’s sustainability initiatives: HERE

Find out about the other festival winners of the International Greener Festival Awards HERE.

Photo Credit: Hanna Norlin

100% of 2018 donations into Solar for Schools

Energy Revolution festival, audience, supplier and artist members balanced over three million (average car) travel miles from festivals and tours in 2018 – with all donations going to Solar for Schools projects across the UK

In 2018, our 50+ members – including UK touring artists, a growing number of festivals and their audiences, and suppliers – worked with us to record their travel miles to events and the associated carbon emissions, and then balance or ‘offset’ these emissions with donations to projects that generate renewable energy. 

This year 100% of donations will go to Solar for Schools, an initiative that puts solar panels on the roofs of schools in the UK, allowing them to produce low-cost clean electricity, while also educating children about the importance of a low carbon future.

New Energy Revolution members in 2018 included: Download and Reading festivals, produced by Festival Republic, who have long championed festival sustainability initiatives. They donated £1 from every car-parking pass sold to Energy Revolution.  Artist, Novo Amor joined the charity in 2018 to balance the CO2 from his 2018 European and North American tour travel. Festival travel provider, Tuned in Travel joined last year balancing 100% of the CO2 from passenger travel to events. 

Since we began in 2015 Energy Revolution has helped its members balance over 8.4 million average car miles – that’s more that 2.6 million kg CO2e – with donations in previous years supporting; reforestation and wind turbines in India and community-owned solar and wind projects across the UK. 

Energy Revolution’s original aim was to help our members balance 10 million travel miles by 2020, but, with growing commitment from the industry and more festivals, suppliers and artists joining the movement, we’re on track to reach the goal ahead this this year.

Ultimately we aim to create a grant-making legacy fund, which can support on-going work to reduce carbon emissions created by the festival and touring sector. Find out more about becoming a member hello@energy-revolution.org.uk

Bluedot sustainability

BLUEDOT’S CHRISTMAS GIFT TO PLANET EARTH

This year Bluedot have pledged to donate £10 to Energy Revolution for every 2019 weekend ticket sold throughout December! Bluedot has been working with Energy Revolution since the very beginning, when festival director, Ben Robinson, helped to found the project in 2015. 

Here’s Ben’s message to Bluedot fans… 

“As we approach the festive season, we’re more aware than ever of the environmental impact of this time of year.

Unwanted gifts, miles of wrapping paper and millions driving home to see family, all leave a carbon imprint that is having a huge effect on the planet.

That’s why this festive season for every weekend ticket you order for bluedot 2019, we’ll be donating £10 to EnergyRevolution, which invests in sustainable energy projects… This is just one part of a wider sustainability programme that bluedot will be co-ordinating year round, and we’d love you to be part of it.” We’ll see you in July! – Ben Robinson, Festival Director

Read more about the brilliant sustainability initiatives Bluedot have in place to cut their environmental impacts HERE

Charity partner for the UK festival awards 2018

Energy Revolution charity partner for the UK Festival Awards

There are just two weeks left until the 15thannual UK Festival Awards, when 700 of the industry’s most renowned organisers and suppliers will gather to network and celebrate their collective accomplishments over the past year.

Energy Revolution are delighted to be charity partner for the Awards this year – giving travellers to the event the chance to balance their fossil fuel journey with investment in clean renewable energy projects.

Taking place on December 6that the Troxy in London, the ceremony will acknowledge the achievements of events, businesses and individuals across 21 categories. View the shortlists here. It’s  great to see so many Energy Revolution festival members shortlisted for awards!

Tickets can be purchased here. In case you’re wondering who’s going to be there, check out…

WHO’S IN THE ROOM

10,000 Hours, AFO, A Greener Festival, AIF, ArcTanGent, Arts Council England, Asahi, Barn on the Farm, Bearded Theory, BIMM, Black Deer Festival, Boardmasters, Bournemouth 7s, CanO Water, CGA, Cheltenham Science Festival, Community Festival, Country 2 Country Festival, Creative Events, CT London, d&b audiotechnik, Deer Shed Festival, Diabolical, DIY Magazine, Download Festival, Eastern Electrics, Elderflower Fields, Elrow Town London, Energy Revolution, Event Trees, The Fair, Festival Republic, Fly Open Air, FOCUS Wales, Foreverland, Freemans Event Partners, Funkin Cocktails, Gather and Gather, Global, Harman, Heineken, ID&C, Imaginators, Initials, Isle of Wight Festival, Jägermeister, Julie’s Bicycle, Just So Festival, Latitude Festival, Mixmag, MOM Consultancy, Music Bank, Music Insurance Brokers, NASS, National Express, National Festival of Making, NCASS, Neighbourhood Festival, Nordoff Robbins, Norlin Events, Off-Axis, Pernod Ricard, PlayPass, Pollstar, PR Week, Reading & Leeds Festival, Red Bull, Seaside Touring, Shambala Festival, SJM Concerts, Smirnoff, Sounds of the City, Southbeats Festival, Stonedeaf Festival, Thorns Group, Ticket Arena, Ticketmaster, Timber Festival, TPI, Tramlines Festival, Tuned In Travel, Twelve Agency, Vision Nine, Wacken Open Air, Wireless Festival, Woo Fest, Zeina Ltd

, 661,635 miles

The TicketSellers help festivals balance over 650,000 travel miles

The Ticketsellers worked with 13 festival clients to help festival-goers to balance 661,635 travel miles with an investment in clean renewable energy this year.

By integrating Energy Revolution’s travel carbon calculator into the ticket buying process The TicketSellers make it simple and accurate for festival audiences to balance or ‘offset’ the carbon emissions associated with travelling to and from events.

The Ticketsellers offer the calculator software to each event and festival the team work with as part of their core service, with no demands on the organiser, meaning the collection of carbon-balancing donations is hassle-free.

This year, the festivals who chose to use the feature as part of their 2018 ticket sales included: Boomtown, Shambala, Illusive, Just So Festival, Nozstock, Port Eliot, Starry Skies, Towersey Festival, Wonder Fields, Grinagog, GT Bicycles Malverns Classic and Sunflowerfest – and Noisily Festival are also on board for 2019.

The TicketSellers and Eventree are also Energy Revolution supplier members – meaning they record staff travel miles, calculate the associate CO2e emissions and balance these with investment in renewable energy projects.

Find out more at www.theticketsellers.co.uk 

Tuned in Travel Balance Passenger Miles

Tuned in Travel balance 100% of staff and passenger miles with renewable energy

Tuned in Travel offer safe, affordable and greener travel to some of the UK’s favourite festivals, including Bluedot, Kendal Calling, Belladrum, ArcTanGent, Gottwood, Houghton, Glitterbox, This is Tomorrow and Standon Calling.

By encouraging more festivalgoers out of cars they help festivals cut their overall carbon footprints by reducing audience travel
 CO2 emissions.

As an Energy Revolution supplier member Tuned in are committed to balancing their staff travel miles with investment in renewable energy projects and this year they also offered their passengers the choice to balance the carbon emissions generated by their festival travel with a small donation.

Tuned In Travel balanced 100% of their passenger and staff travel 
in 2018, over 36,000 vehicle miles, and the equivalent of 30,600 Kg CO2e, with 100% of donations going to renewable energy projects. This figure even included all ‘dead mileage’ – the mileage from the empty coach from depot to the collection point and back, and on the return to the festival to collect passengers.

Find out more at www.tunedintravel.com

Solar EV Charging at Shambala Festival

Onsite Electric Vehicle Charging at Shambala Festival

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. 

Reusable cups at Shambala

RAW Foundation Launch Guide to Reusable Bar Cups

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 at Festival Vision: 2025

Energy Revolution at Festival Vision:2025

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. 

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