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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. 

Birthplace Video: Novo Amor

Novo Amor latest artist to balance tour emissions with Energy Revolution

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 

 

The Big Lemon Solar Bus launch

Powering Electric Buses with The Big Lemon

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!

Energy Revolution for Artists and Agents

Energy Revolution for Artists and Agents

The most significant environmental impact of both events and artist
touring is typically from the greenhouse gases emitted during fossil
fuel based travel. Energy Revolution supports artists to reduce
emissions where possible, and balance unavoidable travel emissions through investment in projects that generate clean renewable energy, and which also have a wealth of positive social impacts.

Individual artists, bands, production teams, touring companies, venues, supply companies and audiences can all calculate the impact of their travel and the donation needed to balance them. Energy Revolution then invests 100% of all balancing donations into renewable energy to create ‘Carbon-Balanced Touring.’

The music and live events industry has huge opportunity to make a create change, with artists’ actions inspiring others to make positive changes. By joining Energy Revolution you become part of a community of change- makers, helping to turn a problem into a solution for future generations.

DOWNLOAD  Energy Revolution for Artists and Agents 

Grammy-winner Joss Stone is the first artist to balance travel from an international tour with Energy Revolution – so far she has balanced 2.7 million travel miles. Read the full story here.

Rock City Stage Crew: Energy Revolution’s Star Supplier in 2017

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

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