Julie's Bicycle and Ireland EE MUSIC Ambassador Claire Byrne, sustainability consultant for the Irish festival industry and Dublin City Councillor for the Green Party, are co-hosting a free EE MUSIC Workshop at Whelan's in Dublin, Ireland, on the 24th November. 

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Rising energy costs and an increased interest in environmental sustainability is making sustainable energy management a growing topic of importance in the music event production industry, but there is frequently a knowledge barrier preventing effective action. We want to scale up existing good practice and skills, sharing the experience and learning from different parts of Europe about how to best address this in a way that balances environmental, financial, and social considerations.

The workshop in Ireland is for all interested venue managers, heads of operations, production professionals and anyone else with an interest in energy management in the music event industry. It will be an informal and practical workshop day covering:

• Practical and sector-specific advice on making energy savings (and often, money savings!) in clubs and venues.
• Best practice case studies on energy management and use of renewable energy by venues from across Europe.
• How to use the EE MUSIC IG Tools, which are carbon calculators designed specifically for the creative industries to help venues and festivals monitor their environmental impacts and energy use on a monthly or yearly basis. The Tools have been adapted from the Julie's Bicycle Creative IG Tools, which are already being used by over 2000 arts and creative organisations in the UK and worldwide.
• Discussion between venues, technical and production professionals, and promoters on finding new ways of working that promote energy efficiency in the music event production industry - and an honest look at the challenges and barriers we're faced with when addressing environmental sustainability, and how we can start to overcome them. 

The full agenda will be published soon. Guest speakers will include Claire Byrne, Chiara Badiali of Julie’s Bicycle, and Dublin-based energy consultancy Evolved Energy Solutions, with more to be confirmed.

The event will take place at Whelan's in Dublin. The iconic venue has been hosting live music events since 1989 and operates several stages - the main venue (capacity 450), Upstairs (capacity 120), and The Parlour.  

Attendance is free, but registration is requested. Lunch will be provided.

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Event Details:

24 November, 11:00 - 16:00 / The Parlour, Whelan's / Dublin / Ireland / Lunch provided 


About the Organisers and Speakers

Claire Byrne

Claire Byrne is a sustainability consultant for the Irish festival industry. Clients include Body&Soul (winner of two A Greener Festival Awards) and Another Love Story festivals.  Her work aims to minimise the environmental and social impacts of the festivals through creative and comprehensive sustainability strategies that effectively manage the waste, energy, transport and land use to reduce the carbon emissions associated with outdoor events.  Claire also lectures in Sustainable Event Management in The Dublin Business School and The Fitzwilliam Institute.

Claire is Director of Environmental and Sustainability Education Projects with Real Nation and coordinates pop up cultural events in the city with Happenings and is also a Dublin City Councillor for the Green Party. She has extensive experience in research, policy development and campaigning in the areas of politics, energy, transport and climate change.

Chiara Badiali (Julie's Bicycle, UK) 

Julie’s Bicycle is the leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries, founded in 2007 by the UK music industry. Our aim is a creative community with sustainability at its heart and our goal is to provide the inspiration, expertise and resources to make that happen. Our tools and resources are used by over 2,000 organisations worldwide. Chiara joined Julie's Bicycle in 2012 with a particular focus on getting the manifold stakeholders in the music industry on the same page when it comes to embedding environmental best practice in their activities. She has various former lives in cultural PR, live music promotions, and festival bookings and artist liaison.

Evolved Energy Solutions

Evolved Energy Solutions is a Dublin 2 based energy consultancy firm focused on helping clients reduce their energy related costs. They provide a range of survey and consultancy services including energy audits, thermal imaging surveys, energy management planning and project implementations, and wireless energy monitoring and heat controls. Their broad client base ranges from nursing homes to nightclubs and from small retail outlets to large multinational companies.

More speakers TBC.

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