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Take the Industry Green Survey 2017

Festival organisers can help Powerful Thinking track industry progress on the journey towards a more sustainable future by filling out the annual Industry Green Survey.

TAKE THE INDUSTRY GREEN SURVEY 2017 

The survey is anonymous and will only take 5 minutes. The results allow the Powerful Thinking Steering Group to understand the challenges festival organisers faced in 2017 and to shape support and resources to move toward more sustainable practices.

Thanks to A Greener Festival all entrants will be entered into a prize draw to win a free delegate pass to The Greener Events & Innovations Conference in March 2018! 

Please complete the survey before 22nd Dec 2017. Winners will be announced in Jan 2018.

Photo credit: Louise Roberts for Shambala festival 

The Power to Choose at The AFO Conference

Energy efficiency took centre stage at the annual AFO conference on the 10-12th November in Stratford-upon-Avon. In a panel focused on power at events, chaired by Andy Lenthall (Production Services Association and Powerful Thinking), Alastair Gregson (Powerline), Barry Hughes (Hybrid Power Hire), and Tim Benson (ZAP Concepts) discussed the changing business landscape and technology.

Andy Lenthall reflected; “We are at a tipping point [as an industry] where, if people are up to speed with the choices they have, we will see efficiencies driven by smarter planning and use of lower emission alternatives. The commercial incentives are now very real.”

To help event organisers make smart choices about their power contracts Powerful Thinking have created a list of suppliers who will work with events towards their energy efficiency goals:

SEE THE SUSTAINABLE POWER SUPPLIER LIST

Is pay-per-use the future of trader-energy at festivals?

In 2017, Shambala festival worked with energy expert Sid Rogerson (Entersys) to monitor the power use of 40 concessions onsite, with the intention of using data collected to inform the development of a pay-per-use model for trader energy.

The festival has used the information to establish an average total kWhs for users, to identify concessions using significantly above average energy, and those that are very efficient.

Using overall fuel consumption figures and energy equipment and service costs, they have developed a cost per kWh. Chris Johnson, Operations Director says: “Rather than simplistic fee for the size of feed (16A, 32A etc.) which can have little bearing on actual kWhs used, we will establish a standing charge and tariffs so that lower energy users are charged comparatively less (per kWh) and higher users will find themselves with a cost incentive to consider energy efficiency.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT SHAMBALA’S GREEN INITIATIVES

Energy Revolution Launch Sustainable Travel Guide for Festivals & Events

The Energy Revolution Guide to Sustainable Travel for Festival and Events was launched at the Festival Vision:2025 meeting at the Showman’s Show last month. Energy Revolution is a UK charity that helps festivals turn travel miles into 100% clean energy through investment in renewable energy projects.

With audience travel making up 80% of the average UK festival’s carbon footprint, tackling travel emissions is a key part of any festivals sustainability strategy. The new Sustainable Travel Guide, written by Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival, Powerful Thinking & Energy Revolution), explains the impacts of event-related travel and offers festivals and events practical solutions to start reducing the impacts of audience and supplier travel. The Guide is part of the resources that Energy Revolution offers to festivals and events in calculating, reducing, and balancing CO2e emissions from audiences, suppliers and artists.

Download your copy of The Energy Revolution Sustainable Travel Guide 

Energy Revolution has enabled festival audiences to balance over three million travel miles so far with balancing donations being invested in renewable energy projects in India (wind power and reforestation) and Bristol (solar).

It’s easy and free for festivals to sign up to become a member of Energy Revolution – members receive further resources and guidance on making audience travel more sustainable including use of the Travel Carbon Calculator, help in setting up carbon balancing for their audience travel miles and an annual certificate celebrating the miles and kgCO2e they have balanced.

Contact hello@energy-revolution.org.uk for information on becoming a member. Check out the website for details on the renewable energy projects and participating festivals, suppliers and artists: http://www.energy-revolution.org.uk

Find a Sustainable Power Supplier

One of Powerful Thinking’s aims is to create a community of festivals and suppliers that works towards common sustainability goals. Finding a power supplier to work with a festival year on year to ensure energy is used efficiently can be key in carrying out a successful environmental strategy.

Powerful Thinking have created a list of power suppliers who have the practical solutions to help festivals meet their sustainability goals. The Sustainable Power Supplier list is a new resource which allows festival organisers to see at a glance what services a power supplier offers: for example what kinds of biofuels they offer, if they can supply solar and LED and hybrid generator solutions. The individual power supplier profiles also offer information about rental fleets, details about energy monitoring, recording and reporting services and the energy management strategies they will employ.

Festivals can find out how and what data the supplier will share with them, if they will data share as part of their contract and if they give advice on future performance savings year on year as part of their service. Power suppliers on the list also describe their own environmental polices.

Find a Sustainable Power Supplier

Powerful Thinking Guide Goes Dutch with Green Events NL

The Powerful Thinking Guide 2017, launched earlier this year, will be translated into Dutch by Green Events Netherlands and hosted on a new database on sustainability for Dutch festival organisers created by Lab Vlieland. The translation will be announced at the ADE Green conference later this month.

The Guide was first published in 2012 and updated this year to provide event professionals with up-to-date knowledge and practical resources to help manage temporary energy smartly, reducing environmental impacts and fuel bills. It is arranged as a collection of modular resources, factsheets and case studies that are also available online. The edition is European in focus, reflecting both the progress being made across Europe on this topic, and the partners involved with the guide’s content.

“Green Events Nederland is very pleased that we could help to increase the accessibility to the Powerful Thinking guide by translating this valuable resource into the Dutch language.” Green Events NL Paul Schurink

Vision:2025 Festivals at the Showman’s Show: Who’s coming?

The  second meeting of Vision:2025 Festivals is hosted at The Showman’s Show on Weds 18th October, in the ‘Hub’ a new space introduced to the show floor, underlining  organiser of the Showman’s Show, Lance Show & Publications Limited, commitment to promoting sustainable best practice.

On the agenda for the meeting is a keynote session from Ben Robinson, director of From the Fields, who will share his experience of engaging the Bluedot Festival audience with their mission values and sustainability goals. A session on industry updates and innovations such as the launch of NCASS’s new trader carbon calculator and re-launch of food waste project 8th Plate, developments in solar lighting, Julie’s Bicycle on their Creative Green Certification and the latest research on using biofuels at events, and how festivals are turning travel emissions into renewable energy with charity Energy Revolution will also be discussed.

In addition, delegates will be able to participate in roundtable discussions with industry experts on key topics for reducing environmental impacts. Read the full programme HERE.

Amongst the 60 festivals expected to attend are representatives from:  Hay Festival, Green Belt, Brainchild, Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Always the Sun, Wheels & Fins, The Green Gathering, Towersey Festival, Shambala, T in the Park, Download, Wireless, EDC, V Festival, Creamfields, Electric Picnic, Swingamajig, Starry Skies, Just So Festival, Leeds, Reading, Lambeth Country Show, Bluedot, Kendall Calling, Off the Record, Electric Fields, Live from Jodrell Bank, Eat Festivals, Port Eliot, Fling Festival, 3 Foot People, Elderflower Fields, Redfest and Cambridge Folk Festival. 

Learn more about Festival Vision: 2025 HERE.

A Greener Festival Assessor Training Now Online

A Greener Festival are making their environmental assessor training available to a global audience for the first time through a new short online course offered with Falmouth University and CEG Digital.

Established in 2007, A Greener Festival gives its award to festivals, events and venues, which demonstrate sustainability with a significant focus on environmental impacts. Festival assessors will be trained to provide independent site assessment, verification and certification of environmental actions and to undertake on-site visits before and during the event.

The course is now open for student applications ahead of an October start. Find out more details and apply HERE.

‘Pee Power’ UWE project at Glastonbury Festival

This year Glastonbury Festival used ‘Pee Power’ urinals developed by The University of the West of England (UWE) to create electricity that powered a mobile phone charging station, internal lighting and information panels onsite. The project is part of 5-year partnership between Glastonbury Festival and UWE in which they will work together on waste reduction and energy efficiency as well as showcasing the Pee Power technology in advance of trials in refugee camps and schools in developing countries.

Pee Power works via stacks of microbial fuel cells that use urine as a fuel for direct electricity generation. Teams of scientists were onsite at Glastonbury Festival to explain the technology and engage visitiors with the project. UWE students were also onsite to research energy efficiency measures in collaboration with festival power providers, stage production teams and mobile traders.

Learn more about the Pee Power project HERE.