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ecolibrium balances six million miles of live event travel carbon emissions

Event and festival organisers that have measured and monitored their audiences’ travel miles balanced more than six million miles of live event travel carbon emissions last year. Ecolibrium, the charity dedicated to tackling environmental impacts from live event and music industry travel, has released new figures, outlining how donations from more than 35 members, including EMI Records, Universal Music UK, Wilderness Festival and All Points East, have contributed to six community projects.

The projects take action on the climate crisis; from community-owned renewable energy and gardening projects in London, to protecting threatened rainforests and ecosystems that sequester and store vast amounts of carbon across the globe. Donations are channeled into ecolibrium’s two climate solutions programmes: Trees+, to support ecosystem regeneration and protection, and Energy Revolution, which invests in community-owned renewable energy generation.

Ben Robinson, director of Bluedot and Kendal Calling, and an ecolibrium trustee, said: “This year has shown that the ecolibrium community has a hugely positive impact and that by working together as an event and music industry collective all our actions are amplified. In 2022 we will support our network to explore systems and technology to reduce emissions from travel and widen the community to help more events and artists tackle their emissions.”

In 2021, Universal Music UK joined ecolibrium to measure and carbon balance staff travel miles from its UK offices. Ticket agent, TicketSellers, supported 13 of its festival clients to balance the equivalent of more than 690,000 travel miles (190 tonnes of CO2e) by embedding ecolibrium’s carbon calculator within its ticket checkout.

Other festivals, events and companies that balanced their audience or staff miles include: All Points East, Balter Festival, Brainchild, Camp Kin, Elderflower Fields South,Festival of Thrift, Gaia Nova, GT Bicycles, Malvern’s Classic, Illusive Festival, Into the Trees Festival, Just So Festival, Love, Saves the Day, Shambala, Threshold Sports, Timber Festival and Wilderness.

In 2021, projects funded by ecolibrium through donations to Trees+ include; forest and peatland conservation in Katingan, Indonesia; restoration and protection of forest and coastline in Guatemala; support for community-led tree planting in Northern Malawi; and preservation of threatened rainforest, with a focus on areas most at risk of deforestation, mangrove forests that efficiently sequester carbon, and hardwood forests that store vast amounts of carbon in their wood, roots and soil.

Donations to ecolibrium’s Energy Revolution programme will go to two projects including Energy Garden, which develops renewable energy projects and works with communities to create and maintain a network of gardens across London. Its work engages local people and builds resilience with improved access to green space, health and well-being opportunities, and education programmes for young people.

Photo credit: Energy Garden, London – one of ecolibrium’s renewable energy project partners.