GDCF and ADE Green mentioned in National Program Circular Economy
What role do festivals play in the transition to a Circular Economy according to the national government? In any case, they are not unimportant – everyone knows that who turned to page 34 in the already published National Program for the Circular Economy 2023-2030.
Not only is it mentioned here that 23 organizations joined the Green Deal Circular Festivals during ADE Green 2022 – the efforts of the festivals involved are also further explained: “Festivals are not only a cradle for circular ideas and innovations. With their large number of visitors and defined duration and space, festivals provide the perfect place to test sustainability innovations and inspire people and sectors. This makes them an important testing ground for the implementation of circular and climate-neutral working methods.”
Green Deal Circular Festivals
At the ADE Green conference on 21 October 2022 in Amsterdam, 23 European festivals joined Green Deal Circular Festivals, the European partnership of frontrunners for a sustainable festival sector. 43 festivals in fourteen countries are now working together on their shared goal of being fully circular and climate neutral by 2025. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, they work together on five themes: energy, food and drink, travel and transport, resource efficiency and water. The festivals share knowledge and experience in the field of sustainability; in this way every festival does not have to reinvent the wheel and the ambitious objective can be achieved.
Festivals are not only a cradle for circular ideas and innovations. With their large number of visitors and defined duration and space, festivals provide the perfect place to test sustainability innovations and inspire people and sectors. This makes them an important testing ground for the implementation of circular and climate-neutral working methods. Tried and tested methods are not only shared and adopted by other festivals, these concepts are now also increasingly being used in various cities. Festivals therefore not only take their own responsibility for sustainability, they also play an important role in scaling up circular concepts beyond that.
National Program Circular Economy 2023 – 2030
In a circular economy, items that are currently considered waste are reused. For example, we need less or no new raw materials from the earth. That is why the Dutch government wants the economy to be fully circular by 2050. The National Program for the Circular Economy (NPCE) contains measures to use raw materials more sparingly in the coming years.
The full policy note mentioning GDCF and ADE Green can be downloaded here, but it is only available in Dutch. However, there is an English summary available through the same link as well.