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.
Huset KBH is Denmark’s first and largest cultural centre, housing 7 stages, an event cinema, a board game café, and a restaurant serving reclaimed food waste. It hosts around 1,500 annual events and festivals across music, theatre, spoken-word, films, stand-up comedy, and more. Huset KBH originally opened in 1970, although it has closed and re-opened several times since then.
The venue is owned by the municipality of Copenhagen, but its activities are based mainly around the principles of voluntary participation and co-creation. The administration is an umbrella association of different organising groups, and it has a significant volunteer workforce.
The building is said to be the first concrete house built in Denmark and is made up of several different buildings that have been linked over time. Various energy saving and energy efficiency investments have already been made, including significant upgrades to LED lighting especially in hallways, staircases, and for outdoor lighting. The venue is currently looking into installing heat recovery ventilation and heat redistribution across the entire space – so that excess heat from a busy performance space can be directed to other parts of the building, for example.
There is an overall facilities manager, and individual managers for the different venues, stages, and bars housed in the building, meaning that responsibility for energy management is distributed.
A key challenge for energy management in the venue is the age of the building and much of its equipment, plant, and wiring. For example, in some rooms the light switch is at the other end of the room to the door so staff members regularly forget to switch off. It can also be difficult to engage the large volunteer workforce in energy saving actions, especially those who do not know the building as well.
An energy baseline was measured in 2011 and is now used as an annual energy budget: regardless of how many performances, events, and other activities the venue hosts, the target is not to exceed the energy use of that year (and where possible, to use less energy). The remaining energy budget for the rest of the year is calculated on a monthly basis. To date, this has been successful: a 16% decrease in energy us was achieved between 2011 and 2012, and a further 30% decrease between 2012 and 2013 – although there was a subsequent increase in energy use between 2013 and 2014.
Please note: the 2015 data point in the graph above does not yet include energy use for November and December as this case was written in November 2015.
We’d like to thank Huset-KBH for the information contained in this case study.