EE MUSIC supported the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna to become a pioneering green event.
Good Practice: an update from Festival Republic, UK
Good Practice: Huset KBH, Denmark
Good Practice: Club Audit, Norway
Good Practice: Electric Castle Festival, Romania
Good Practice: Music Club A, Portugal
Good Practice: Music Club B, Portugal
The EE MUSIC team performed an energy audit for the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, UK to understand what good energy management practice was already taking place and how the venue could further improve.
The Sage Gateshead in the UK is using data, a strong environmental policy, and staff engagement at all levels to realise substantial energy use reductions.
Øya is a music festival that has been running since 1999 and hosts artists spanning a variety of musical genres including pop, hip-hop, punk, rock and electronica.
Good Practice: Dia de la Musica, Spain
The Melt! Festival, with 20,000 visitors in 2013, is one of Germany’s pioneer festivals when it comes to going green.
Festival Internacional de Danças populares (International Festival of Folk Dances) is an annually held music festival in Castelo de Vide, Portugal.
Good Practice: Wiesen Festivals, Austria
ufaFabrik is a one-of-a-kind project that combines living and working in an International Centre for Culture and Ecology, and is situated in Berlin, Germany.
Imogen Heap performs an event completely powered
‘off the grid’
The “Gloria” is a former cinema and theatre and since the early 90s a well-known event location in the vibrant city Cologne.
Boom is a biannual electronic and world music festival based in Portugal attracting 26,000 audience members.
Festival Republic is a UK music promoter.
Global2000 Tomorrow Festival is an indoor/outdoor-based festival in Zwentendorf an der Donau, Austria.
The first Rock in Rio was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1985, with follow-up events in 1991, 2001 and an edition in odd years since 2011.
Estádio do Dragão (or Dragon Stadium) is an all-round sports and entertainment venue in Porto, Portugal.
Glyndebourne marks its 80th anniversary this year and is still a widely renowned landmark for opera and classical music.
Located in Esch-sur-Alzette in the South of Luxembourg, the Kulturfabrik houses work from various art forms such as music, theatre, exhibitions, visual arts, dance, literature and cinema.
Shambala is an independent music festival with an audience of about 10,000.
Set in a picturesque country park, the environment has always been central to its ethos.
Wembley Stadium has been using a best practice environmental management system to improve its impacts since 2007.
Tollwood Festival of Culture happens over 25 days twice a year (one in summer and one in winter) in Munich, Germany.
Band on the Wall is a not-for-profit venue run by registered charity Inner City Music.
Based in the district of Ehrenfeld in Cologne, Germany, Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld hosts a wide range of cultural events such as concerts, parties, exhibitions and poetry slams.
Village Underground is an East London-based music venue described as part creative community, part arts venue.
Wembley Stadium has been using a best practice environmental management system to improve its impacts since 2007. The Live Earth event which was held at the Stadium in July 2007 was a starting point for continual improvements. The Live Earth event was a great opportunity to show how such large events can support artists, audiences and concert promoters in reducing the environmental impact of events. Since 2007 the Stadium has implemented an environmental management system to manage environmental impacts in key areas such as energy, waste, water, transport, procurement and communications. The Stadium has achieved numerous certifications such as the Three Star Julie’s Bicycle Industry Green mark award, Carbon Trust Standard certification and re-certification, Carbon Trust Waste Standard, 2 Green Tourism Awards, Green Apple Award and a Sustainability award at the Stadium Management Awards
Energy consumption is significant environmental impact for the Stadium and so several approaches have been taken to improve efficiency. Between 2007 and 2012 Wembley reduced electricity consumption by 32%. The Julie’s Bicycle Industry Green tool calculates that this has reduced carbon emissions from energy use by 6,000 tonnes! Wembley also monitors electricity consumption per visitor on event days and using the Industry Green tool has calculated that between 2011 and 2012 it reduced emissions from energy use per performance per seat by 9%. The stadium procures 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.
These impressive reductions have been achieved mainly through focusing on improved management alongside some investment in equipment replacement. The Green Team Energy Sub Group sets internal targets for energy reduction and manages the implementation of projects and campaigns. Staff from Wembley Stadium and contract partners sit on the Green Team to ensure there is a joined up approach. All non-essential lighting is switched off on non-event days, including its iconic Arch. There are procedures in place to ensure that key staff across the business including cleaning, security and catering contractors book lighting requests with a set switch off time. Heating, cooling and lighting settings are booked for different areas of the Stadium depending on their usage each day of the week. LED lighting has been installed in areas which are permanently lit, such as lift cars, and movement sensors have been installed in areas frequently used, such as office spaces.
Engaging with staff and audiences is an important element of Wembley’s approach. In 2012 a Green Team Expo event was run to engage with staff and contract partners. The event included activities and information about all key impact areas, including energy efficiency, promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency companies and an opportunity to take part in a pedal-power contest. In March 2012, during WWF’s Earth Hour, the lights on the iconic arch were switched off early at 8:30pm at the end of the Saracens rugby match. An Earth Hour message was communicated to the audience at half time on the big screens in the bowl.
Lighting settings are set for different areas of the Stadium depending on their usage each day of the week, and systems are in place to allow key staff including cleaning, security, and catering contractors to book lighting requests with a set switch-off time. LED lighting has been installed in areas that are permanently lit (such as lift cars) and movement sensors to activate lights have been installed in areas that are frequently used (such as office spaces). All non-essential lighting is switched off on non-event days, including the Stadium’s iconic Arch.
Wembley Stadium has been very carefully tracking its energy usage and related carbon emissions, allowing the Stadium to keep track of the reductions achieved – 32% from 2007 to 2012. Using the Julie’s Bicycle IG Tool, they have determined that this has reduced carbon emissions from energy use by 6,000 tonnes CO2e! Wembley also monitors electricity consumption per visitor on event days and using the IG Tool has calculated that between 2011 and 2012 it reduced emissions from energy use per performance per seat by 9%.
Wembley Stadium has an extensive Green Team, which includes an Energy Sub Group to set internal targets for energy reduction and manage the implementation of projects and campaigns. The Green Team includes both staff as well as representatives from contract partners to ensure there is a joined up approach. In 2012 a Green Team Expo event was run to engage with staff and contract partners. This included activities and information about all key impact areas, including energy efficiency, promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency companies and an opportunity to take part in a pedal-power contest.