Guides

Guides and Resources on Energy Management for Venues, Clubs and Festivals. 

 

 

EE MUSIC Guides and Resources


Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Sized Clubs and Venues:

 

Training Handbook

 

This handbook is aimed at all those with an interest in sustainable energy management and energy efficiency at small to medium sized clubs and venues, including both energy consultants and venue/club operators. Because of the broad nature of the expected audience, not all sections will be equally relevant to all groups. We have attempted to bring together a complete set of information combining music event production with sustainable energy management to help energy consultants, venue managers, and production professionals work together.

 

Download: English, Portuguese, Latvian, French, German, Bulgarian [PDF] 

 


Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Use for Festivals and Outdoor Events: Training Handbook

 

This handbook is aimed at all those with an in-depth interest in sustainable energy management and energy efficiency at festivals and outdoor events. Because of the broad nature of the expected audience, not all sections will be equally relevant to all; however coordination and cooperation across different roles and departments is integral to effective energy management at an event.

 


Download: English only


EE MUSIC Workshop Factsheet for Venues/Clubs and Promoters

This factsheet has been designed to accompany the EE MUSIC Workshops taking place in 27 countries. Aimed at venue/club owners and staff, promoters, and others interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy use, it contains top tips for sustainable energy use including some facts and figures for communicating with your audiences and has been translated into 20 languages. This is intended as a starting point: if you're looking for more in-depth guidance, see the Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Sized Clubs and Venues: Training Handbook.

 

Download: English

AustriaBelgium, BulgariaCroatia,

Czech Republic, Estonia, France

GermanyGreeceHungaryIcelandItaly

LithuaniaLatviaNetherlandsPolandPortugalRomania

SlovakiaSloveniaSpainSweden


EE MUSIC IG Tools

 

The EE MUSIC IG Tools are free-to-use carbon calculators designed specifically for use by venues and outdoor events. The tools help event organisers and venue owners measure, report, and understand their energy use and environmental impacts, and compare their performance to industry averages. They can provide a foundation for effective energy management strategies and are helping to build a Europe-wide understanding of energy use in the music events sector.


Languages available:  EnglishBulgarianGermanFranceLatviaPolandSpain

User guides in these languages are also available. Please check the EE MUSIC IG Tools page.

 

Find out more and sign up!  


More Resources on the EE MUSIC Website

Also see the Research section for more information; check out our country sections which are constantly being updated with more national resources, guides, contacts, suppliers, and initiatives; or browse through our Case Studies from all over Europe. 

Additionally, check out some of these blog posts for more information on specific topics:

Speaking to Your Audiences About Energyit can be tricky sometimes to speak about energy to your audiences in a way that doesn't make them (and you) feel bored. Here are some handy tips and tricks for communicating sustainability.

Turn up the Volume on EE MUSIC: a handy selection of downloadable banners, images, and more that you can use to show your involvement in EE MUSIC and that your venue or festival is taking action on energy efficiency.

Sharing Tricks of the Trade, Summer 2015: a selection of key tricks and advice based on the EE MUSIC team's experiences at Workshops, Events, and Trainings in Europe - a good starting point if you're not sure where to begin.

Energy Top Tips from the Field, Winter 2015: a selection of some top energy-saving tips the EE MUSIC team have heard about on their travels through Europe. 

Energy Efficient Equipment: a selection of some suppliers of energy efficient equipment operating across Europe, from lighting to refrigeration. More national suppliers can also be found in your country's country section

Reporting back from the PLASA Show 2014: a few lighting and sound equipment highlights from the PLASA Show 2014 


Other Guides and Resources for Festivals


Powerful Thinking (UK)
The Powerful Thinking website contains case studies and individual fact sheets on topics such as engaging caterers in energy efficiency.

http://www.powerful-thinking.org.uk 


The Power Behind Festivals: A guide to sustainable power at outdoor events
(Powerful Thinking, UK, 2013) 

Download from the Julie's Bicycle website


 

 

Other Guides and Resources for Clubs/Venues


Energising Culture: Future energy strategies for cultural buildings 
(Julie’s Bicycle, UK, 2012)

A very in-depth examination of sustainable energy use in cultural venues. This has a UK bias in areas such as legislation, but much of the content will be generally applicable. 

Download from the Julie's Bicycle website 


 

 

Other Guides and Resources on Lighting


White Light Green Guide (White Light, UK, 2013)

A guide to sustainable lighting by one of the UK’s leading suppliers of lighting & audio technology to the entertainment sector.

Download from White Light website [PDF] 


BBC Low Energy Lighting Guide (BBC & Arup, UK, 2014)

A guide to sustainable lighting aimed at television production, but containing some useful content for the wider entertainment lighting industry. 

Download from the BBC website [PDF] 


Broadway Green Alliance Lighting Guide (BGA, USA, 2014) 

A comparison of different, more efficient fixtures for common lighting applications – Note: This is aimed at a US market so not all products may be available in Europe, but it can be a good starting point to look at alternatives for technical/lighting production managers.

Go to the Broadway Green Alliance Online Lighting Guide


The Sustainability in Production Alliance 

 

SiPA is a UK community of technical production professionals, designers, manufacturers, sale and hire companies, and more that brings together all levels of the supply chain and all stages of the production process to work to help bring about sustainable cultural change in the live production industry. They have come up with 10 goals for 2025, including several on environmental sustainability - including engagement with the manufacturing supply chain to get better product design and specs, and moving the industry towards being powered by renewable energy.

 

Read the SiPA Goals.  


Please also check the individual country sections for further resources.


 Communication and Engagement


EE MUSIC Green Rider for Artists

Model suggestions for artists to communicate about environmental sustainability alongside their technical and hospitality riders. Similar documents can also be adapted by festivals or venues to communicate their energy-efficiency measures and expectations to incoming productions and artists.  

 

Download here [PDF]

 

This Green Rider has been adapted from the Julie's Bicycle Green Rider for Music Artists.


Julie's Bicycle Practical Guide to Team Engagement

Making progress on sustainability is about change. Making that change happen needs motivated and engaged people. Creating a Sustainability Team within your organisation is a well-proven approach that lots of organisations have used to enable positive organisational change and make environmental improvements. This guide builds on the experiences and insights from a wide variety of organisations to give you the best start, whether you're a company of three people or two hundred.

Download from the Julie's Bicycle website


Julie's Bicycle Practical Guide to Communicating Sustainability

 

This guide will help communications professionals learn how to build a stronger brand by communicating their organisation's sustainability activities. It will help sustainability champions learn how to better engage your communications colleagues on taking action. It will give you the structure, insights and principles needed to develop external sustainability communications for your own unique situation.

 

Download from the Julie's Bicycle website


Julie’s Bicycle Green Riders

Model suggestions for artists to communicate about environmental sustainability alongside their technical and hospitality riders. Similar documents can also be adapted by festivals or venues to communicate their energy-efficiency measures and expectations to incoming productions and artists.  
Download the Green Rider for Music


Other Useful Guides


Julie's Bicycle Practical Guide to Greening the Office

A step-by-step approach to reducing the environmental impacts of your office space. This guide focuses on making your office space greener and more resource efficient. It covers areas of impact like energy, water and waste, and offers advice on zero or low cost team actions, which can deliver significant carbon and cost savings. It is aimed at anyone interested in greening the office space.

Download the Greening the Office Guide from the Julie's Bicycle website


 

 

Background Reading


Fact Sheet on Offsetting (Julie’s Bicycle, 2010)

While some details of the information may be out of date, this factsheet outlines the different types of offsets available and their advantages and disadvantages. We would generally recommend using offsetting as a last resort – once all other possible measures to reduce your impact have been implemented.
Find out more about carbon offsetting

 

 


Fact Sheet on Biofuels (Julie’s Bicycle, 2010)

While some details of the information may be out of date, this factsheet outlines the different types of biofuel technologies available and some of the controversies around their sustainability.
Find out more about biofuels

 

 


A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies (Land Art Generator Initiative, 2012)

For those interested in a more in-depth technical exploration of renewable energy, this easy-to-understand guide covers over 60 different types of renewable energy generation.

Download from the Land Art Generator website