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.
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, opened in 1993, is an indoor exhibition centre and events arena. As part of the Live Nation Entertainment portfolio of over 100 venues worldwide, Cardiff Arena has a capacity of 5,000 people seated or 7,500 standing, hosting almost 100 events every year. The diversity of its programme means that energy efficiency and energy management challenges vary by date. Over 60% of all electricity consumed on site is consumed on performance days.
Most of the energy demand is controlled by the Building Management System (BMS), which controls heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting. The BMS is managed by an operations manager and has pre-sets for non-performance days, seated performances, and standing performances. Electricity consumption is monitored through primary half-hourly meters from the main intake of the building. Gas consumption is monitored on a monthly basis through invoices.
In October, 2014, Julie’s Bicycle carried out an EE MUSIC funded energy audit. Major impacts on energy usage include: temperature control and adjustments for offices and for large audiences during performances, use of computers and other electronic office equipment, lighting both for the offices and particularly for performances, water and gas consumption (hot water) in offices and during performances for audience members using toilet facilities. The audit showed that the venue was already 8% more energy efficient than Julie's Bicycle Energy Benchmark for Venues and Cultural Buildings in 2014, and gas consumption was 60% below the industry benchmark – however, it also highlighted opportunities for further improvement.
Priorities for the future should focus on increasing understanding of energy consumption across the building, and heating demand across the day, to examine the case for further investments to realise additional increases in energy efficiency. Specific recommendations include:
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff worked with Julie’s Bicycle through EE MUSIC to obtain an energy audit to better understand energy efficiency and management and to identify areas of improvement.
The cooling system automatically takes advantage of ‘free-cooling’ (when outside air temperatures are lower than internal temperatures) by blending fresh outside air into the system, reducing demand on the chillers where possible. To reduce the heating demand for the main hall in winter, the space is heated gradually and kept consistently above 13°C.
The building management system is closely adjusted each day to suit the requirements of each performance and parameters have been refined year on year to minimise wasted energy.
In April 2014, an inverter was installed for the air-handling unit, which is predicted to increase efficiency by up to 70%, as the air-handling unit can modulate power based on demand.
Lighting through large parts of the building is controlled by Passive Infrared Sensors (PIRs) or through the BMS, which has an automatic ‘kill switch’ for many parts of the building, to avoid unnecessary lighting outside of normal operating hours.
Communication / Staff Engagement
Employees receive weekly communications about utilities in their meetings every Friday. They are also encouraged and trained to reduce their energy consumption. There is an established energy saving campaign in place to encourage office staff to reduce their energy consumption by switching off computers and lights when not in use.