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Energy Revolution join Julie’s Bicycle and Believe Music at the Great Escape 2019

Energy Revolution is heading to The Great Escape 2019 to join the teams from Believe Music Group and Julie’s Bicycle who are hosting a discussion on how to empower artist and industry action on climate change within the music sector.

The session, runs from 4-5pm at Believe Social @ Dead Wax Social, 18A Bond Street Brighton BN1 1RD – it will focus on the recent work of artist Novo Amor, who in 2018 released his album Birthplace with a commitment to make the tour and album more environmentally responsible. 

Hear Dave Grinnell, senior marketing manager at AllPoints / Believe and Chiara Badiali from Julie’s Bicycle in conversation: They’ll talk about how the Believe team worked to bring environmental sustainability into the album campaign and manufacture, the impact that it’s had at Believe Music Group and what they’re doing to green their operations, and how Novo Amor worked with Julie’s Bicycle and Energy Revolution around his tour.

Register for the session here

Association of Independent Festivals Launch “No Single Use Tent” Campaign

Organisers of more than 60 independent festivals across the UK, including many Energy Revolution festival members, have issued a call to retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing and selling ‘festival tents’ as single-use items, which result in almost 900 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

The call comes as part of a new initiativefrom the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), which has also launched a consumer-facing campaign urging festival-goers to ‘Take Your Tent Home’ and ‘Say No To Single Use’. AIF members include some of the biggest and most well-known independent festivals in the country such as Shambala, Boomtown Fair, Boardmasters, Kendal Calling and End Of The Road.

AIF estimates that each year 250,000 tents are left at music festivals across the UK. Most aren’t collected by charities and can’t be recycled, meaning the vast majority end up in landfill. The average tent weighs 3.5kg and is mostly made of plastic – the equivalent of 8,750 straws or 250 pint cups.

Major retailers have a history of selling cheap tents marketed specifically for festival-use.

Research by Comp-A-Tent, who have been researching festival waste and testing solutions since 2015, suggests that as many as 36% of tents left at festivals are bought from either Argos or Tesco. As part of its ‘Festival Season’ range, Argos offers a four-man tent for £29.99, a sleeping bag or £9.99, an airbed for £14.99 and camping chair for £7.99 – a total of £62.96 (1). Amazon also offers two-man tents for festivals for as little as £19.99 (2).

Research from environmental charity Julie’s Bicycle says that the carbon impact of manufacturing a 3.5 kg tent that ends up in landfill is 25 kg CO2e (3).

AIF’s ten-year report, published in 2018, revealed that 9.7% of people attending its member events had ditched a tent during that year’s festival season, equating to an estimated 875 tonnes of plastic waste – the equivalent of 70 Routemaster buses or eight blue whales.

Whatsmore the “ditch” rate is higher for some other festivals, averaging 1 in 5 according to research with Love Your Tent, Bucks New Uni and AGF, in which case the actual plastic impact is even greater.

The AIF campaign includes an animated educational video that will be displayed across social media for all participating festivals, as well as assets being displayed on screens and at entrances to festival campsites throughout the 2019 season. The Take Your Tent Home campaign follows the Drastic On Plastic campaign, launched by AIF last year in partnership with RAW Foundation, which empowered 65 of the trade body’s member festivals commit to eliminating all single-use plastic at their events by 2021.

In 2018, the first year of the Drastic On Plastic pledge, festivals have reported some significant changes at their events: 93% of signatories ditched plastic straws, 40% banned the sale of drinks in single-use plastic on-site, 40% replaced single-use bar cups with reusable cups, 67% sold branded reusable drinks bottles, and 87% promoted the use of reusable bottles.

AIF CEO Paul Reed said: “We call upon major retailers to stop marketing and selling tents and other camping items as essentially single-use, and profiting from disposable culture. AIF launches this campaign to raise awareness and highlight abandoned tents as part of the single-use plastics problem. The message here is not to buy a more expensive tent – with a single tent carrying the same amount of plastic as more than 8,700 plastic straws, festival audiences can take positive action and reduce their carbon footprint simply by taking their tent home and reusing it, ensuring that it doesn’t become a single-use item this summer.”

Chair of Powerful Thinking Chris Johnson said: “We’re finally waking up to the climate crisis en masse. The stuff we use is part of the problem – everything has an impact, usually hidden from the user. As festivals, we can work with audiences to inspire better decisions, reduce single use and waste, and minimise ecological damage at this critical moment in history.”  

Campaign partners:

Julie’s Bicycle: https://www.juliesbicycle.com/
RAW Foundation: http://rawfoundation.org/making-waves/
A Greener Festival: https://www.agreenerfestival.com
Camplight: https://www.camplight.co.uk

References:

(1) https://www.argos.co.uk/static/ArgosPromo3/includeName/festivals-and-camping.htm
(2) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trail-Festival-Camping-Waterproof-
1500mm/dp/B073ZKL7X6/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=festival+tent&qid=1556190338&s=gateway&sr=8-
11

(3) This figure is based on a lifecycle analysis undertaken by Julie’s Bicycle in 2017 on behalf of Comp-A-Tent, partly funded by Innovate UK and in collaboration with festival promoter Festival Republic, circular designer Sophie Thomas, and business developer Matt Elliot. It includes impacts from materials, manufacturing, distribution, and landfill, but excludes audience transport to the shops for buying the tent or transport to the festival site.

Just So Festival: campers arriving

8 ways to cut your festival travel footprint

When you think of the environmental footprint impact of festivals what springs to mind? A field marred by broken tents and discarded plastic bottles? The hum of a diesel generator at 3am? The weird blue chemicals in festival toilets…or the pollution to the water table from punters too busting to queue to use them…

These are all problems that impact on the environment BUT…  Did you know that the CO2 emissions from travel have by far the largest impact on the average UK festivals’ carbon footprint? Audience travel alone typically accounts for up to 60-80% of their footprint!  …and that figure will increase as we find out more about additional impacts of crew, supplier and artist travel.

Luckily there are easy ways that every festival-goer can help reduce their travel emissions and help their favourite festival cut overall emissions: 

1/ Buy a ticket that includes public transport: Many festivals offer coach + entry tickets – which means you get a discount on the cost of your travel – and you might even get an extra perk: Boomtown offer all coach ticket holders free early entry… and travelling with a coachload of friends means your party starts even earlier! 

Check out National Express, Big Green Coach or Tuned in Travel – who all provide coaches to many of the UK’s favourite events. If you go with Tuned in Travel have the added bonus of offering passengers the chance to offset or balance their emissions with a small donation to renewable energy projects through Energy Revolution. 

2/ Go by public transport: Look into train or bus routes – festivals usually provide all the info you need – and many even have deals with local bus companies meaning your travel from the station to site is free. The team behind Timber Festival work with local bus company Midland Classic to offer a bus route direct the site. Cambridge Folk Festival go the extra mile by offering free bus rides from the main bus and train stations onto site.

Worried about carrying all of your kit there and back? More festivals are offering affordable pre-pitched tents – check out tent provider with Camplight to see which festivals you can rock up to a ready-made canvas home from home. The Green Gathering have created a detailed Green Traveller Guide to the event and are working with Camplight who will throw in FREE hire of a thermarest and camping chair for every public transport traveller who books a tent with them. 

Some events even have onsite shops meaning you can lighten your load by saving your booze shopping until you’re there – Download, Latitude, and Reading and Leeds festivals all welcomed the Co-op into their grounds for the first time last year selling food, water, beer and wine, toiletries including medicines and, to cover all eventualities, both sun cream and rain ponchos! 

3/ Use leg power! Many festivals organise guided bike rides – which means all your festival kit gets delivered for you while you freewheel onsite to meet it! You might even get an extra perk – Shambala Festival offer free programmes to all those who arrive by bike! Red Fox Cyclingoffer guided rides to a number of events including Boomtown, Shindig Weekender, Bluedot, Wilderness, Timber Festival and many more…  

4/ Fill your car with friends! With four people in your car you cut your CO2 per passenger mile by 25%! Want to make new friends? Sign up to a lift share scheme and hop in someone else’s ride or pick up some travellers. Try LiftshareBlablacaror GoCarShare. Got a lot of friends? Consider hiring a minibus at Tuned in Travel offer a range of options to get your crew there in style. 

5/ Go electric! Electric vehicles (EV) are the way ahead with the government committing to making 60% of all vehicles manufactured EV by 2030. Don’t own one yet? Check out the benefits and find your perfect match at Go Ultra Low– they event offer grantsto help you make the switch. EV charging is also becoming available at events across the UK so you can hop back into your car for the return journey fully charged… check out S2VS who offer a meet and greet “valet” charging service for all types of EV at festivals. 

6/ Be a happy camper… Driving solo in a campervan is one of the worst things you can do – the CO2 emissions are, on average, over double that of a solo journey by car. Worryingly the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 10-year reportshowed that in 2017, 38.34% of travellers arrived by campervan – if you’re going to bring yours remember to fill it with friends or leave it in the drive this year and look into other ways of getting there. 

7/ Drive efficiently: Over 70% of people still travel by car… if that’s you remember you can cut emissions by driving with care: Drive smoothly. Shift up early to a higher gear.  Switch off your engine instead of idling. Slow down! Use your air-con wisely – if you’re travelling below 60 mph opening the windows is more efficient. Check your tyre pressure. Lighten your load & ditch the roof rack: To learn more check out the Energy Saving Trust’s guide on fuel efficient driving for businesses.

8/ Balance your travel emissions: However you decide to travel you can choose to do something positive to balance the negative impact of your emissions. Of course, the first step is ALWAYS to cut emissions at source, but for unavoidable emissions you can calculate your individual journey’s CO2 and make a small donation to Energy Revolution – we’ll give 100% of your donation directly to projects that create clean renewable energy. Balance your travel here: www.energy-revolution.org.uk

Photo credit: Ten Eight for Just So Festival

Green Gathering

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

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