Power to the Festivals – Greener Alternatives

27th July 2016

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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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