REPORT: EE MUSIC Workshop Lithuania

On the 20th November 2015 the EE MUSIC Festival training and workshop took place in Comfort Hotel, Vilnius. It was organized in framework of Vilnius Music Week (VMW) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The workshop was organized by Vilma Dzienaite – the Lithuanian EE MUSIC Ambassador – in cooperation with Ekodoma and other EE MUSIC project partners such as WIP Renewables Energies and Green Club Index. The workshop was led by experts from the EE MUSIC project such as Ingo Ball, Jacob Bilabel, Gatis Žogla and Līga Žogla and invited guest - Rob Scully from Glastonbury Festival (UK).

The event was divided into two main parts; morning session on energy efficiency and sustainability in festivals, and afternoon session about energy efficiency in clubs and introduction to IG Tools. The event got interest by the local representatives and gathered around 30 participants.

The opening speech of the event was done by Jacob Bilabel from Green Club Index and Ingo Ball gave an overview of the idea of EE MUSIC project and how the creative industry can lead to major energy savings, because they have a channel to large groups of people and can have an influence of their minds to increasing the awareness of environmental issues. Jacob Bilabel presented the experiences from festivals around Europe on energy savings and sustainability issues. Different video materials were presented, by starting the discussions with the audience on finding the possible solutions for organizing the festivals in environmental and sustainable manner.  Rob Scully from Glastonbury Festival informed about their experiences on how to save fuel resources by decreasing the capacity of diesel generators. He also showed different ways of producing energy in festivals. For example how electricity can be produced from the men’s toilets (urine). The audience were inspired by the different experiences and best practice examples.

On the afternoon session presentation was given by Gatis Žogla on experience from energy audits in clubs in Latvia. He showed how important is to keep a comfortable indoor climate, and emphasized that large energy saving potential in clubs lays with drinks cooling devices, just by simply changing the usage of them (by decreasing fridge temperature and switching of stand-by regime). Ingo Ball also showed the experience from making energy audits in clubs in framework of Green Club Index initiative in Germany. The experience from energy audits showed that it is possible to gain around 10% and up to 25% energy saving by simply changing the behaviour change. A short introduction was also given about use of IG Tools, which is a calculator that measure the energy efficiency of your festival, club or venue, and let you compare your energy data over time and within the music sector. The workshop was closed with a discussions lead by Jacob Bilabel and Ingo Ball on the future actions in framework of EE MUSIC initiative.
All participants of the EE MUSIC festival training/workshop were able to get the EE MUSIC leaflet and flyer as well as the hard copy of EE MUSIC market study, guidelines to use IG Tools, and guidelines for energy efficiency in festivals, and clubs and venues.

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