United Kingdom

Guides, resources and events

Julie’s Bicycle: Currently working with over 1000 cultural organisations in the UK and Europe, is a charity that offers free online tools, research, and bespoke consultancy to help arts organisations measure, manage, and reduce their environmental impacts. Founded by the music industry, with expertise from the arts and sustainability, Julie’s Bicycle bridges the gap between the creative industries and environmental sustainability.
Available resources at: http://www.juliesbicycle.com

  • IG Tools: carbon calculators for the creative industries

  • (Guide) Energising Culture: future energy strategies for cultural buildings

  • Green Arts Marketplace: directory of green goods and services for the creative industries

  • Practical Guide: Green Your Building (soon to be updated)

  • Biofuels factsheet

  • Energy procurement factsheet

Powerful Thinking: think-do-tank that brings together festivals and suppliers to explore new ways of working which reduce costs and carbon through increased efficiency, and share findings to promote lower carbon energy supply. Founded by A Greener Festival, Association of Independent Festivals, Bestival, Festival Republic, Firefly Solar, Julie’s Bicycle and Kambe Events. Note that most recent advice from A Greener Festival and Julie’s Bicycle is based in research conducted as part of Powerful Thinking.
Resources available at: http://www.powerful-thinking.org.uk

  • The Power Behind Festivals: guide to sustainable power at outdoor events

  • Factsheets on topics including catering energy management, solar energy, etc.

  • A wide selection of case studies

A Greener Festival: a not-for-profit company committed to helping music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices. Runs the A Greener Festival Awards. They provide some top-line resources on energy efficiency on their website (section Power & CO2 Emissions). 

White Light Green Guide (White Light):
Go to Download

BBC Low Energy Lighting Guide (BBC): aimed at TV lighting but may be applicable
Go to Download

Energy Savings Trust: general advice on energy efficiency and conservation (not creative industries specific).

Carbon Trust: general advice and guidance on cutting carbon emissions for organisations (not creative industries specific).

Green Events & Innovations: one-day conference hosted by A Greener Festival in partnership with the Association of Independent Festivals and Bucks New University, held to coincide with ILMC (the International Live Music Conference). Previous talks are filmed and available online:



Awards and certifications

Julie’s Bicycle Creative Industry Green: environmental certification scheme ranging from 1-3 stars specifically designed for the creative industries, available for festivals/outdoor events, venues, and offices.

A Greener Festival Awards: environmental sustainability award for outdoor events and festivals.

Carbon Trust Standard: non-creative industries specific environmental certification



Local suppliers for energy efficiency

Firefly Solar (UK): solar generators, energy storage systems, hybrid generators – specialists in temporary solar installations for festivals and events http://www.fireflysolar.net/

Midas UK (UK): 100% WVO biodiesel generators http://www.midas-uk.co.uk

Medley Productions (UK): Mobile Solar Generators, PA and Cinema rental, Marquees, Decor, Lighting and Art Installs http://www.medleyproductions.co.uk/

Zia Solar Systems (UK): mobile solar energy http://www.fluiddigital.co.uk/ziasolar/

FocusTrack PowerTrack (UK): software for calculating the energy consumption of show lighting. http://www.focustrack.co.uk/powertrack

Coltek (UK): providers of off-grid wind & solar powered PA http://www.coltek.co.uk/

The Stage Bus (UK): providers of mobile, solar powered, self-contained (PA, lighting, etc.) stages (The Camper Stage and The Truck Stage 2) http://thestagebus.com/

Flare Audio (UK): new efficient speaker technology. http://www.flareaudio.com 

Funktion One (UK): efficient speaker technology http://www.funktion-one.com/

Reaction power systems/Chain Reaction: pedal powered installation venue/PA for up to 2000 people http://bike-power.co.uk/

Electric Pedals (UK): pedal power engagement installations http://electricpedals.com

Eco Charge Live! (UK): interactive energy engagement http://www.ecochargetechnology.com/

Magnificent Revolution (UK): pedal power engagement installations http://www.magnificentrevolution.org/

sMeasure: online building energy management tool; used by many organisations working with Julie’s Bicycle http://www.smeasure.com/

DemandLogic: web system using data analytics to identify potential energy efficiency savings in buildings https://www.demandlogic.co.uk/ 

Ecotricity: green energy tariffs; used by Village Underground and many other creative & cultural venues http://www.ecotricity.com

Good Energy: 100% renewable energy tariffs http://www.goodenergy.co.uk

Green Energy: green energy tariffs; used by Band on the Wall http://www.greenenergyuk.com

Ideeas (UK): environmental sustainability consultancy http://www.ideeas.net/

Eco Action Partnership (UK): green event & PR consultancy http://ecoactionpartnership.com/

Funding and grants

This is not a comprehensive list of available financing and grant schemes, but a good place to start if you are looking for external funding for energy efficiency and sustainability improvements.

Carbon Trust and Siemens Financial Services’ Energy Efficiency Financing: Financing for investment in energy efficient equipment open to all organisations which have been trading for more than 36 months and are seeking to reduce their energy use. It can be arranged either directly by the customer or through the scheme’s recognised suppliers. A carbon saving assessment is undertaken by the Carbon Trust’s Implementation Services while the financing is provided by Siemens Financial Services.

Carbon Trust 0% Loans: 0% business loans are available to SME business sites in Wales and Northern Ireland, for organisations wishing to invest in energy efficiency and low-carbon equipment. Business loans are available from £3,000 - £100,000. The size of the loan offered and its repayment period will be based on the projected CO2 savings of a project, which will be assessed by the Carbon Trust.

Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs): ECAs enable a business to claim 100% first-year capital allowances on energy and water saving investments such as energy-saving plant and machinery and water conservation plant and machinery. Organisations can write off the whole of the capital cost of the investment in these technologies against the taxable profits of the period during which they make the investment.

Landfill communities fund: This is a grant scheme that redistributes landfill tax credits to projects which benefit communities and organisations. You can apply for up to £50,000 from more than one provider, and some have specific programmes for cultural organisations.

Non-domestic Green Deal: The Green Deal eliminates the upfront cost of energy efficiency measures through loans which are paid back through savings in energy bills. 

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI): Long term financial support scheme for renewable heat, such as ground source heat pumps and wood chip boilers, available to private and public sector organisations.

Salix loans: Interest-free loans for proven energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, heating and lighting upgrades for public sector bodies. These are only available to organisations whose building is owned by their local authority.

Feed-In-Tariffs: for generators of renewable energy


Background Info: Legislation 

  • Climate Change Act 2008: Statutory commitment to reduce UK carbon footprint by 80% by 2050 (using 1990 net UK emissions as baseline). Encompasses all GHG gases (not just CO2).
  • Renewable Energy Target (under 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive): legally binding target for 15% of energy consumption to be generated from renewable sources by 2020
  • Energy Efficiency Target (under EU Energy Efficiency Directive): indicative target to save energy equivalent to 30 million tonnes of oil by 2020, or 1.1% - but note that this is presently non-binding, and the UK government has not set any firm targets.  
  • The CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) Energy Efficiency Scheme was introduced under Part 3 of the Climate Change Act 2008. It is a mandatory carbon emissions reporting and pricing scheme that affects all organisations using more than 6,000MWh of electricity per year. It has affected some venue operators, and venues owned by local authorities.
  • Mandatory Carbon Reporting: all quoted companies must include their GHG emissions in their directors’ report as of 30 September 2013. Quoted companies are “UK incorporated companies with equity shares listed on the LSE (the main market) or admitted to trading on another EEA regulated market, the NYSE or NASDAQ,” so the requirements do not apply to the vast majority of promoters or venue operators. The regulations will be reviewed in 2015 to decide whether the GHG emissions disclosures should be extended to all large companies from 2016 (turnover >£22.8m, balance sheet total >£11.4m, >250 employees).
  • For a full range of UK government policy initiatives related to Low Carbon Technologies, see the Department of Energy & Climate Change and Department for Transport policy summary page: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/increasing-the-use-of-low-carbon-technologies









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Local Project Partners

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Project Partners

EE MUSIC is composed of nine project partners who work in the fields of sustainable energy, communication and music.

  • WIP

    Project coordinator: WIP Renewable Energies has been active in the field of sustainable energy for more than four decades.


    Julie’s Bicycle

    Julie’s Bicycle is a charity making sustainability intrinsic to the business, art and ethics of music, theatre and the creative industries.


    Greenmusic Initiative

    The GMI acts as a platform coordinating the music and entertainment industry´s efforts to minimise their climate impact.



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    Terra Systemics

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    Ekodoma Limited group is an engineering consultancy practice working towards energy efficiency, renewable energies, environment and economy.


    Agentur Wicher

    Wicher Agency is an advertising and brand agency – specialized on sustainability, b2b-clients and political campaigning.


    United Partners

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