Event power guide launched by Green Festival Alliance

A temporary event power guide has been launched by the Green Festival Alliance in a bid to increase awareness of sustainable power practices at outdoor events.

The Power Behind Festivals; A guide to sustainable power at outdoor events highlights significant research from power suppliers and festival organisers, which were involved in the alliance’s Powerful Thinking initiative that monitored generator usage at eight festivals during the summer months.

According to the research, which was carried out in partnership with De Montfort University and Julie’s Bicycle, industry could achieve a 10 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, saving over one million litres of diesel, more than 3,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and £1 million.

If organisers are prepared to work more closely with their power suppliers, there are further opportunities to make fuel savings, and renewable and hybrid power solutions also have the potential to offer cost and carbon savings.

The event power guide draws on best practice, and outlines the various temporary power solutions – it also offers tips and case studies, so no matter what size outdoor event you organise, there is food for thought.

Chris Johnson, chair of the Green Festival Alliance, said: “Can it really be done? Yes, we’ve done it – in fact, we reduced fuel consumption at a 10,000 capacity trial event this summer by 20 per cent year-on-year despite increasing the audience size. This guide is not a magic bullet, but we know there are gains to be made, and crucially, it starts an industry-wide conversation about how we can all move toward a more sustainable and cost-effective power infrastructure at outdoor events.”

To download a copy of the guide, click here.