Let's build an Energy Efficient Music Culture:

     
    The 4 Steps to EE MUSIC:
    1. Analyse and understand your energy use, sources and costs - how much are you using, when and for what, and what is the source
    2. Use power efficiently: reduce your energy use (obviously!)
    3. Use renewable energy: switch to low or zero carbon energy sources
    4. Communicate and collaborate: communicate with staff and contractors to promote energy efficient behaviour, engage your audiences on energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and collaborate with others in the industry on building and sharing best practice.

    (…and the unofficial fifth step: party! )

    Join the EE Movement:

    For more information on the how, browse through the case studies, guides and much more in our Resources section – and don’t forget to check out your local country section. Once you’re ready to get started, create your EE MUSIC IG Tools account to start keeping track of your own event’s or venue’s energy use and carbon footprint and don’t forget to join us at one of the many EE MUSIC Events taking place all over Europe. Below are some top tips for festivals and venues to get you started.


    Top EE MUSIC Tips – Festivals

    • Specify energy efficient equipment from your suppliers, such as LED lighting and switch-mode amplifiers.
    • Tour buses use a lot of power. Provide central facilities for artists and drivers so tour buses aren’t required to run air-conditioning and appliances on-site.
    • Turn off lights and equipment where possible, including in dressing rooms and production offices when not in use; turn off stage video where possible, etc.
    • Ask energy suppliers for detailed information about power and entertainment output provided by diesel generators, to help choose the right sized generators.
    • Carry out detailed pre-production planning for site layout and power demand to ensure generators are sized correctly. Involve your power supplier(s) in the planning stages, as early as possible.
    • Reduce size of generators where possible.
    • Monitor power use and generator efficiency during your event and use this information to optimise energy management in future years.
    • Insert contract clauses on energy efficiency and introduce financial incentives/penalties for contractors and traders based on energy use.
    • Plug into grid/mains electricity where possible, which is lower carbon than diesel generators.
    • Switch from red diesel to Waste Vegetable Oil biofuels for generators.
    • Use hybrid diesel generators, which combine a generating set with storage batteries and solar panels or wind turbines.
    • Switch to other renewable sources such as solar PV, solar-powered batteries & generators, and wind power where possible.
    • Communicate your energy efficiency commitments to all staff, freelancers, production personnel, volunteers, traders, artists, etc. and ask them to participate.
    • Get your audience involved with powering entertainment using bikes or feet - these types of set-ups can power small stages, cinemas or mobile phone charging.
    • Engage and communicate with your audience about energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

    Check out our Guides section for more in-depth information, or attend an EE MUSIC Festival Training near you.

     



    Top EE MUSIC Tips – Venues/Clubs

    • Introduce a switch-off policy for lighting, electrical, refrigeration, and IT equipment.
    • Ensure heating, cooling and lighting systems switch on & off according to when different areas of the building are in use by adjusting controls, using timers and thermostats.
    • Regularly check and maintain building controls to ensure correct settings and operation e.g. for cooling, heating, hot water and lighting systems.
    • Avoid areas being heated and cooled simultaneously.
    • Ventilate with fresh air rather than cooling whenever possible.
    • Regularly clean filters in air-handling units or replace them with more energy-efficient versions.
    • Service your boiler annually.
    • Purchase energy-efficient equipment when replacing old equipment e.g. fridges.
    • For show lighting, choose lowest wattage bulbs and tungsten moving lights rather than discharge; use LEDS; ensure lights are turned off between rig check and show; and conduct rehearsals under working lights.
    • Update fluorescent tubes to more efficient ones, depending on room temperature and use level; update all others with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) & LEDs.
    • Install motion sensors and daylight sensors on lighting.
    • Install more energy efficient plant, e.g. for boilers anything less than 60% efficient, more than 10 years old or oil-fuelled is usually worth replacing.
    • Maintain building fabric to avoid excessive air filtration and minimise heat losses.
    • Install insulation in and around external walls, in roofs, and under floors; and draught-proof windows and doors.
    • Change to a 100% green energy provider.
    • Install your own source of low or zero carbon electricity, e.g. solar photo-voltaic panels, wind turbines, micro-medium scale CHP (combined heat and power); or heating, e.g. solar thermal, biomass, heat pumps (air, water & ground source).
    • Communicate your energy efficiency commitments to all staff, freelancers, production personnel, volunteers, artists, etc. and ask them to participate.
    • Engage and communicate with your audience about energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

    Check out our Guides section for more in-depth information, or attend an EE MUSIC Energy Workshop near you.