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.
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. The Centre offers performance spaces for contemporary culture, hosting international artists, festivals, in-house productions, comedy, cabaret, dance, music, children’s programs and professional theatre presentations. Performing artists and others are invited to stay in the accompanying guest house. Also available are two theatre spaces, multiple practice studios and an outdoor covered stage.
ufaFabrik introduced one of the first combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Berlin, commissioned in the early 1980s. In 1994, the original system was replaced by a computer-controlled heat and power system. Its centrepiece is two six-cylinder engines and two generators, which together produce about 88 kW of electricity and 190 kW of heat. The CHP supplies approximately 300,000 kWh, which works out to be 75% of the total electricity needs for the building. The roof area holds a 53 kW peak solar PV array, and a wind turbine with a rotor span of 3 metres, which generates 700 watts of power. The electricity generated by the wind turbine is used to power outdoor lighting. The remainder of the venue’s electricity supply has been provided by a 100% renewable energy supplier since 2003.
All electrical appliances and equipment, the heating, ventilation, cooling and bakery are constantly monitored and controlled by a central computer using an electronic management system. Specially developed software calculates the actual energy requirements and adapts the performance of the CHP to always work optimally. Hence, the energy consumption of the building is maintained at an optimal efficient rate.
The cavity between the ceiling and the roof of one of the buildings is filled with environmentally friendly insulation consisting of cellulose fibre made from recycled paper and impregnated with fire retardant mineral salts, which simultaneously protect from pests. Other areas have sheep’s wool insulation added to the roof space – another environmentally friendly insulation material. Additionally, green roofs on some of the buildings help to improve the thermal efficiency of buildings in the winter and keep buildings cooler in the summer months. Exhaust air from a number of the buildings is used in a heat exchanger to heat the incoming air. Windows have special heat-insulating glazing fitted.
Since 1994, the ufaFabrik has a computer-controlled combined heat and power system on site. Its centrepiece are two six-cylinder engines and two generators, which together produce about 88 kW of electricity and 190 kW of heat. The CHP supplies approximately 300,000 kWh, which works out to be approximately 75% of the total electricity needs for the building.
On its roof, the ufaFabrik hosts a solar PV installation that can generate up to 53kW in full sunshine, generating an average of 37,000 kWh of electricity annually and saving approximately 33 t CO2. When it was installed in 1997, it was the largest solar PV installation in Berlin.
The ufaFabrik has an on-site wind turbine with a rotor span of 3 metres, generating up to 700 watts of power that are used towards powering the outdoor lighting. The ufaFabrik collaborated with the TU (Technische Universität) Berlin to develop a more efficient ‘slitted’ rotor, a 2.4 m diameter prototype version of which has also been installed at the venue (readings from the two turbines are now being compared to establish the higher efficiency in an operational setting).
The ufaFabrik makes extensive use of natural and environmentally undamaging materials to insulate its buildings – including cellulose fibre made from recycled paper and impregnated with mineral salts as fire-retardants and pest repellent, sheep’s wool, and green roofs.