Make environmental sustainability a priority in your business and put in place a public environmental policy and action plan with a net zero target. Nominate someone on your team who is responsible for greening your activity. Join Festival Vision:2025 and become part of a community with shared targets - read The Show Must Go On report about what we can do as an industry.
Measure your environmental impacts and put in place targets for reducing them. You can use the simple Creative Green Tool carbon calculator for outdoor events:www.ig-tools.com
Join industry initiatives on tackling campsite waste, like theCampsite Roundtable and the AIF Take Your Tent Home Campaign. Share your experiences with others at industry events like ADE Green at Amsterdam Dance Event (every October), and the Green Events & Innovations Conference in London every March.
Put in place an energy management strategy with a focus on energy efficiency, better power specification, and introducing renewable energy where feasible.Powerful Thinking offers a free energy management guide, factsheets and plenty of case studies. If you're sourcing biofuels, check out thisfactsheet for some things to look out for. And if you want to know more about how we can reduce our contribution to air pollution, see this factsheet.
Speak to your partners, sponsors, and suppliers about how they can support your targets and aims, and put in place environmental conditions in contracts, with partners, and your procurement policy.
Ditch the plastic and cut waste: switch to re-usable cups, minimise the use of single-use plastics by catering and traders, and work with your waste contractor(s) to increase recycling rates. Join industry campaigns like AIFDrastic on Plastic Campaign. More info: RAW Foundation:Making Waves Guide to Plastic Free Festivals and Events //Julie’s Bicycle Practical Guide: Waste Management at Outdoor Events //WRAP Understanding Plastic Packaging and the Language We Use to Describe It [PDF] //Hope Solutions/ZAP Reusable Cup Factsheet
Encourage audiences to take public transport. Download the ecolibrium Travel Guide link: Sustainable Travel Guide for Festivals and Events. Ensure information on how to get to the festival by coach, train, bicycle, or car-sharing is readily available, and put in place incentives where possible. Give audiences (and suppliers, crew, and artists) the option to balance their travel miles by sharing theEcolibriumTravel Carbon Calculator app designed to help everyone in the industry from artists to managers, event professionals and freelancers make a significant difference to the carbon footprint of their work by reducing the carbon emissions from travel and balancing unavoidable emissions though their climate solutions programmes (Energy Revolution - Renewable energy projects AND/OR Trees+- tree planting, rainforest protection & ecosystem regeneration)
Put the environment on the menu. Introduce vegetarian and vegan options on your menu (or go 100% meat- and fish-free). Focus on local, seasonal and organic produce. Read about Shambala's experience of going meat- and fish-free. Work with initiatives like Eighth Plate to make sure surplus food goes to where it's needed instead of landfill.
Speak to visiting artists about the climate and ecological emergency, what you’re doing, and how they can take action. See artist section.
Speak to fans about the climate and ecological emergency and support environmental campaigns and events.
Divest your pension fund from fossil fuels. Look to switch to an ethical pension fund with a focus on green investment, and/or lobby your pension provider to create a more climate-proof pension plan.
Ask your bank about their ethical lending and investment policy and pressure them to improve it. If you can, switch your business banking to an ethical bank that doesn’t invest in carbon intensive fossil fuels.
Switchit can tell you how green your current bank is and suggest alternatives.
Write to government representatives at DCMS, BEIS, and your local MPs about the actions you’re taking and your support for more ambitious climate policy.