Festival Vision: 2025

Festival Vision: 2025 is a shared vision for a sustainable festival industry. It was conceived as part of The Show Must Go On report, a festival industry response to the 2015 global climate change talks in Paris.

The Show Must Go On report outlines the environmental impacts of the festival industry and aims to provide a robust basis for an industry-wide action. The Festival Vision: 2025 Pledge brings together festivals that wish to take action to create a sustainable future.

Join the growing number of committed festival organisers by taking the Pledge below, and be one of the Vision Festivals aiming to make the festival industry an exemplar of environmental responsibility.

As festival organisers we know how to create unforgettable experiences and how to inspire people. We know how to get things done in challenging circumstances and we are accomplished at communicating with audiences.

It is well within our reach to turn our industry into an exemplar of environmental responsibility. We can make a vital and significant contribution to a future that we want our children to inherit.

Festival organisers working with their many and diverse partners, from concessions to the supply chain, contractors, charities and brands, can provide leadership for what is perhaps the most important conversation of our time.”  The Show Must Go On report, Powerful Thinking

Download The Show Must Go On report  HERE.

The Pledge

We aim to achieve a 50% reduction in festival-related annual GHG emissions by 2025. As a participating festival, we will put measures in place to achieve this, such as:

  • Reducing waste where possible and aiming for 50% (or more) recycling rates by 2025.
  • Reducing reliance on fossil fuels where possible and aiming to reduce annual diesel consumption by 50% (or more) by 2025.
  • Working with audiences, suppliers and artists to positively influence travel choices and reduce travel-related emissions.
  • Working with the supply chain to improve accountability and the sustainability of food sourcing.
  • Working together as an industry to share experiences (positive and negative) about changes we make, sharing best practice and working toward industry standards where appropriate.
  • Measuring key impacts using credible methods in order to measure progress.
  • Sharing information to enable (anonymous) annual reporting for the industry e.g. working with Powerful Thinking and other closely affiliated organisations such as Julie’s Bicycle and A Greener Festival.

Note: All festivals have unique circumstances, and have different sustainability measures in place. The purpose of the Pledge is simply to show that you are willing to take steps toward becoming more sustainable. Powerful Thinking will not be closely monitoring individual festivals’ progress, but we will seek to chart the industry’s progress as a whole, and offer advice and support along the way. 

If all you are able to do is measure your impacts in 2016, that’s enough!

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Guides for Sustainable Events

Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide, Meegan Jones (2014)

A Greener Festival website:  www.agreenerfestival.com

Bristol2015 Green Event Guides: www.bristol2015.co.uk/about/sustainable-event-guides/

Julies Bicycle: www.juliesbicycle.com


Good Food for Festivals Guide (2013), Sustain: www.sustainweb.org/publications/?id=243

Love Food Hate Waste awareness campaign:  www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.uk

Eighth Plate festival food salvage, research and awareness project: www.eighthplate.org.uk


The Power Behind Festivals Guide, Powerful Thinking: www.powerful-thinking.org.uk

European Music Energy Efficiency Initiative: www.ee-music.eu

Festival Fuel Tool, Powerful Thinking: www.powerful-thinking.org/fuel-tool

Waste Management

WRAP Advice for the event management sector, including an online waste management tool and guide to recycling: www.wrap.org.uk/category/sector/event-management

WRAP Cymru Events Recycling Guide: www.wrapcymru.org.uk

Making Waves Plastic-free Festival guide, Raw Foundation/Kambe Events: www.festivalinsights.com/MakingWavesFestivalGuide


Guide to Water Management at Outdoor Events, Julie’s Bicycle (2014): www.juliesbicycle.com/resources/water-management-at-outdoor-events

Guide to Plastic Free Festivals, RAW Foundation/Kambe Events (2014): www.rawfoundation.org/making-waves/

WRAP Guide to saving money through water efficiency: www.wrap.org.uk

Reviewing and Communicating Progress

Julie’s Bicycle Creative Industry Green Tool for measuring impacts: www.juliesbicycle.com/industry-green/ig-tools

Information about the ISO20121 standard: www.iso20121.org

A Greener Festival Awards assessment: www.agreenerfestival.com

Office Management

Julie’s Bicycle Practical Guide: Greening the Office: www.juliesbicycle.com

Participating Festivals

Liverpool Loves
Free Harmony Festival
Bristol Harbourside Festival
Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Towersey Festival
Just So
Starry Skies
Chilled in a Field
Chippenham Folk Festival
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
Hay Festival
Love Saves The Day
Glas-Denbury Music Festival
BoomTown Fair
Middle of Nowhere Festival
Larmer Tree Festival
Secret Garden Party
Kew The Music
The Green Gathering
Lambeth Country Show
Holifair Festival
Always the Sun Festival
Leamington Peace Festival
Download Festival
Electric Picnic
V Festival
Redfest Bristol
Wireless Festival
BBC Proms in the Park
T in the Park
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley
Camp Bestival
Eat: Burnham-on-Sea

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