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.
Festival Republic is a UK music promoter. Among its other events it runs the Reading, Leeds and Latitude festivals each year in various locations around England. Both the Reading & Leeds Festivals have each achieved a three star Industry Green rating for the 2013 events; this is the highest possible achievement within the Industry Green Certification scheme. Reading & Leeds are two of only a small number of festivals in the UK to have achieved this maximum rating and the first dual site festivals in the UK to accomplish this level of accreditation.
Festival Republic is committed to minimising the environmental impact of all its festivals and works carefully throughout the year to ensure that all events are as environmentally sustainable as possible. Key sources of potential environmental impact are identified and addressed by the Sustainability Coordinator, who sets clear targets for each event and works with all employees and contractors to achieve them.
Environmental best practice and new initiatives are communicated clearly and concisely to all employees and contractors, and festival audiences are kept up to date through the festival websites, social media channels and on site volunteers.
Energy efficiency initiatives implemented at Reading & Leeds have included encouraging attendees to cut costs and carbon emissions by sharing their car journeys to the festival; increasing the use of biodiesel onsite; and monitoring the generators usage in order to improve their performance and therefore reduce the amount of fuel burned.
These initiatives helped Reading & Leeds Festivals to achieve impressive reductions in their total relative emissions from energy use, water use, sewerage and waste, with Reading Festival reducing emissions by 11% between 2012 and 2013 and by 26% since 2009.
Festival Republic introduced bio-diesel targets back in 2007 in order to reduce carbon emissions. This move was made in spite of biodiesel costing more than red diesel. Historically the fuel had always been bought by the power contractor on each site up until 2012 when Festival Republic took control of the purchase and also decided to have a single power contractor across all festivals. Meetings are held with the contractor prior to the festival season and they are contractually bound to provide data on the actual fuel consumption breakdown.
Below is a table with figures from 2010 – 2013.
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On the whole, the complexities experienced by Festival Republic when deciding to increase biodiesel use included:
Size and location of the generators and equipment plugged into them
How precise power demand is compared to actual use
Communication and feedback between festival and contractor
Lack of biodiesel suppliers
Limited supply of biodiesel
On a separate note, but very much related to the diesel consumption, is that up until 2013 there was a lack of information regarding generators performance. Festival Republic required from the contractor a thorough telemetry on their generators at the three festivals. The results showed that more than half of the machines were oversized; an issue that is currently being addressed by planning the generators plan for 2014 around the 2013 data. This should translate into either smaller generators or bigger but fewer generators onsite, which should, in both cases, lead to diesel savings.
At the same time, Festival Republic has facilitated the conversation between the power contractor and a solar power contractor in order to ensure that hybrid solutions are trialled at the three festivals.
The above actions highlight the crucial need for taking more control of the power supply (purchase of diesel, bio-diesel targets imposed to contractors, accurate telemetries on generators, etc.) in order to have a better understanding of the actual demand and therefore identify areas for improvement.