Green Festival Stories: Energy

The impact of festival energy

Most outdoor temporary events currently use diesel generators as their main source of energy. Our dependence on burning fossil fuels to provide electricity is a key cause of climate change due to the emissions of greenhouse gases they cause. However, there are numerous ways for festivals to minimise the environmental impact of the energy used – think about:

  • Avoiding fossil fuels by creating an efficient energy plan
  • Phasing out diesel generators by connecting to the grid
  • Measuring the exact energy demand
  • Supplying only locally produced and renewable energy
  • Building a giant carport solar park

How? You will find inspiration and guidance in these case studies selected by Future Festival Tools.

Four case studies: energy

Futur 2 Festival
Shambala Festival

Curious about more Green Festival Stories?

Future Festival Tools compiled a digital publication that identifies, categorises and shares outstanding and transferrable great practices carried out by festivals and outdoor events from all across Europe to reduce environmental impacts and operate a more sustainable business model. The coming weeks, we will share the inspiring stories within the six focus areas travel and transport, energy, materials & waste, food & drink, water, and strategy.

About Future Festival Tools

Future Festival Tools empowers event professionals in live events across the Europe to be future-ready. For this purpose, they have created:

  • Self-Assessment Tool. An online tool that raises awareness by enabling users to rate current performance in six key practical areas, linked to the policy themes of the EU Green Deal
  • Best Practice Compendium (Inspirational Green Festival Stories) A set of examples of sustainable festivals in practice alongside interpretation and analysis which introduces professionals, stakeholders and VET trainers to the scope and scale of sustainable practices, and persuade them to go further.
  • Online Course. A comprehensive, user-friendly e-learning course which provides a robust knowledge base in sustainable business practice and climate action, and develops users’ skills to act sustainably and lead change in six key areas: energy, waste, food, water, travel, and governance.
  • Trainers’ Handbook. Contains a curriculum of the course structure and learning objectives covered in the online course and additional guidance on adapting the Self-Assessment Tool, Best Practice Compendium and Online course for classroom use with students of events management, hospitality and related disciplines.

Driving environmental & social change in the event industry