We’re working to reduce our carbon footprint and are proud to be part of the brilliant Energy Revolution initiative.
While global leaders meet at COP21 in Paris, eleven pioneering UK festivals and their festivalgoers are taking action of their own. They’re part of groundbreaking festival initiative Energy Revolution, which will turn almost 1.7 million festival travel miles into clean energy in its first year.
By crowdsourcing donations with ticket sales and investing in renewable energy projects, the initiative turns fossil-fuel travel miles from festival-goers into a world-changing investment.
In the project’s first year it has raised more than £8,500 in crowd-sourced donations, which will be invested in two wind turbines in Tamil Nadu. Because of India’s coal-based fuel mix and the complementary activities of our investment charity Converging World, investing in renewables has approximately twice the impact on carbon emissions compared with investing it here in the UK.
Energy Revolution is currently working with eleven UK festivals to turn their travel miles into clean energy. Festivals that are currently members of the initiative include Bestival, Camp Bestival, Standon Calling, Boomtown, Kendal Calling, Secret Garden Party, Starry Skies, Shambala Festival, Love Saves The Day, Bristol Pride and Just So Festival.
Cassandra Frey-Mills, Co-Director of Energy Revolution said “On average, a staggering 70% of a festival’s carbon footprint comes from audience travel. Some have no choice but to travel by car, but why not change those fossil fuel travel miles into something world-changing?”
Participating festivals are also tackling their carbon footprint by using renewables where possible, tackling waste and working with audiences on travel choices.