Green Deal Circular Festivals: the festival industry’s contribution to global climate goals

This year important steps were made in reaching the global climate goals of zero emission and limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5’C. Last November during COP26 the Glasgow Climate Pact was agreed upon by almost 200 countries and in July, the EU published the Fit for 55 package.

Drastic reduction of emissions is one of the primary climate goals described in these agreements. The festival industry too, is taking its climate responsibility. In 2019 almost 20 European festivals signed the Green Deal Circular Festivals, agreeing on becoming circular as much as possible by 2025. Christa Licher, programme manager of the Green Deal Circular Festivals: ‘The ambition is to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems. Reaching climate neutrality by cutting CO2 emissions is part of the Green Deal’s focus. To achieve this, the participating festivals are working together on solutions to urgent themes such as energy, travel and transport, material resources, plastics and food and water.’

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