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EEMUSIC Report: Workshop Budapest/Hungary, November 2015


On 26th of November United Partners initiated EE MUSIC Workshop for venues and event
organizers in Hungary at A38Ship. The event was facilitated and hosted by EEMUSIC
Ambassador in Hungary Zsolt Jeges from MamaZone (www.mamazone.hu). 
The Workshop aimed at linking up club owners and promoters with the EE MUSIC experts
and the participants were able to get a new perspective on energy saving in the music
industry. The workshop was attended by representatives from Hungarian music industry
namely Island, Valley of Arts, Campus Festival, Music Festival, A38.
EE MUSIC experts Jacob Bilabel from Green Music Imitative/DE
(www.greenmusicinitiative.de ) and Martha Bissman from WIP renewable energies/DE
(www.wip-munich.de) talked about how music events and venues can become cleaner,
greener and cheaper by implementing different tactics and using tools like the EE MUSIC
IG Tools, a sector-specific CO2 calculator for helping events and venues track their
carbon impacts.
The workshop was oriented towards giving practical ideas solutions and tools that are
easy to implement by music event organizations for saving energy and lowering the
carbon footprint.
Jacob Bilabel talked about importance of planning and good organization as to set the
beginning of environmental friendly management. Also the importance of “audit” of the
venue/event as to be aware of main sources that consume energy and how much they
consume as to plan how this energy can be saved/lowered - by using which tool or
solution. The list with these sources is long – sounds, lights, heating, cooling, travelling
of all visitors and performers etc. But there is opportunity for savings from each of those,
of course depending on the specifics of the venue/festival.








Jacob Bilabel clearly stated that “The savings of energy should not spoil the experience
of music lovers, on the contrary the experience should be louder, brighter and satisfying
as it will happen with half of the energy usually used”.
The EEMUSIC workshop gave opportunity for open discussion as to answer the questions
of the Hungarian promoters as well as to give opportunity for ideas sharing. And it is
clear that there are a lot of ideas and opportunities, but of course there are still many
obstacles that the industry is facing. 
One of the major issues discussed was the little attention clubs pay to the opportunities
for saving energy and costs mainly because people from the industry do not have enough
information and know-how on tools and technologies that they can use. So as most
important focus for greener music industry was pointed the education and trainings for
the environmental industry representatives in Hungary. And having in mind that the
country is hosting some of the biggest European music festival and events like Sziget,
Valey of Arts, Ozora, there are a lot of opportunities and possibilities for development of
sustainable and greener music culture not only among the music industry reps, but
among the society in general. Some good examples were given as the Valley of Arts
festival that is organized with lower usage of lights, sound and stages with focus on
acoustic performances. 
In this direction EE MUSIC workshop set the beginning of a discussion on what and how
can be done as to improve the Hungarian positive impact on the greener energy map of
European music events.



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