REPORT: EE MUSIC Workshop Hungary

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 EE MUSIC Ambassador in Hungary Zsolt Jeges from MamaZone.  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 and Martha Bissman from WIP renewable energies/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 EE MUSIC 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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