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.
Día de la Música is an indoor/outdoor music festival that takes place in Madrid, Spain and was the first Spanish, and indeed the first international, festival to achieve Julie’s Bicycle Industry Green (IG) certification. Día de la Música has also received three awards from A Greener Festival (in years: 2011, 2012, 2013) for its commitment to sustainability.
It also was awarded the Green & Clean Award, granted by the European Association of festivals, Yourope, and the Vivo Certificate for Sustainability, awarded by Spanish company Universo Vivo. It also holds the Greenhouse Gases Emission Offset title, awarded by the Madrid City Council, for planting indigenous forest species under the municipal carbon offset ‘Proyecto Madrid Compensa’.
Día de la Música works with Acciona Producciones y Diseño, S.A on its sustainability initiatives and strategy.
The venue where Día de la Música is held is a cultural centre with its own environmental policy that includes a recycling program, motion sensor lights and taps in some restrooms, an electrical system that allows for the consumption of grid electricity (before reverting to more polluting diesel generation) for most activities, indoor spaces designed to use natural daylight, and is well connected to public transport. Previously Día De La Música have established partnerships with BMW to help promote their new range of electric vehicles – BMWi, as well as using efficient vehicles from BMW and Respire (local car sharing company) for transporting the production team. In 2012 Día De La Música also installed an energy generating floor to engage audiences with renewable energy technology and the subject of environmental sustainability.
The Día de la Música Environmental Policy is implemented through technical monitoring before, during and after the event, allowing the organisation to establish the key areas of impact, to instigate action planning and execute performance evaluations, and undertake operational procedure checking.
Día de la Música has sought to minimise energy use by holding its event on the day in the year with the maximum hours of daylight. There are several other ways that Día de la Música is demonstrating its commitment to reducing environmental impact. The organisers are also undertaking numerous certifications and carbon footprint studies, and are also offsetting the GHG emissions through a company that invests in renewable energy in India.
Thanks to Día de la Música for providing the information contained within this case study.