Power to the Festivals – Greener Alternatives

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It’s summer, the outdoor music festival season is upon us and many festival organisers will be making a determined effort to reduce the carbon footprint of their events.

With the help of Jon Clark of BoldWorks we’re aiming to highlight ways to make your festival power generation smarter and greener.

Because we can see it, It’s easy to be aware of waste generated (and often left behind) during festivals and as part of the drive to reduce their environmental impacts and carbon footprint, festival organisers have made fantastic efforts to improve reuse and recycling habits among their audiences.

When it comes to carbon emissions, that’s only part of the story and many festival goers will be blissfully unaware of the power behind the scenes that drives everything from stage sound and lighting systems to phone chargers. Diesel generators along with travel and transport are the biggest contributors of CO2 emissions by outdoor festivals. Power generation emissions are likely to make up around 70-80% of the onsite festival carbon footprint and about 15-20 % of the overall footprint when travel is included.

Jon has checked out what’s available, what’s practical and what’s affordable. So let’s take a whistle-stop look at some truly green alternatives to diesel…

  • Understanding your power needs
  • Making a Commitment to reduce consumption
  • Reducing emissions from your outdoor power generation
  • Renewable sources of power
  • Novel Technologies

Find out more in our resources on Temporary Power

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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