Ireland was particularly hard hit by the economic crash in 2008, and many individuals, businesses, and organisations continue to be under financial pressure.

State funding for the arts has also been cut significantly since 2008 – however, most performing arts funding is aimed at opera and classical music (rather than pop, rock, and electronic music) so only those venues and events reached through EE MUSIC that present a multi-disciplinary programme are expected to be directly affected by this.  

 The number of active music venues in Ireland is unknown. AOIFE (the Association of Irish Festival Events) has over 400 members across music, literature, arts, and others – around 100-150 of these are likely music festivals.

Guides, resources and events:

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI): The SEAI offers a wide range of generic resources on energy management, including ‘quick win’ energy saving tips and a guided ‘Energy Management Action Plan’ to talk you through putting in place your own energy management structure with lots of templates for everything from awareness campaigns to action plans.SMEs can also register with the SEAI to receive free support on energy management.

Codema: Dublin’s energy agency, which works on policy including Dublin’s climate change strategy, but also publishes guidance including the Guide to Home Energy Savings and the Guide to Energy Saving Lightbulbs – many of these tips will also be relevant to an office or small music business


  1. Initiative of local authorities in Ireland's Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN), launched in 2013. LAPN is one of many resource efficiency programmes being implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). GreenYourFestival is aimed at all festivals (including sports and agriculture events). One of the available free resources is a 4-step resource pack for event managers, as well as a number of case studies.

Green Hospitality runs a Greener Festivals & Events Programme, which offers free guidance on topics including measuring & monitoring, available for download here.

EE Suppliers:

Firefly Clean Energy: renewable and hybrid energy solutions for outdoor events. They have for example worked with Electric Ireland at Electric Picnic to engage audiences through an energy-generating playground for attendees.



Fund It: Ireland-based crowd-funding platform for Ireland-based projects

Business to Arts: a membership organisation that supports arts organisations with business development and fundraising, including support in brokering sponsorship arrangements with businesses


Awards and certifications:

The Irish Festival Awards used to award a ‘Greenest Festival’ award, which was won for five subsequent years by Electric Picnic, but discontinued after the 2012 edition.


EE MUSIC Ambassador: 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.

EE MUSIC Energy Consultant: 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.


Info at

+353 1 860 3710

18/19 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2


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