An image of a wind turbine at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury to be powered by renewable energy and renewable fuels

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Glastonbury has opened its gates and has reported that the festival’s power needs will be met by renewable energy and renewable fuels, eliminating the need to rely on fossil fuels for power across the festival.

All production areas will either be powered by electricity from lower impact, fossil fuel-free sources or will run on solar PV and battery hybrid systems.

All generators across the festival site – including those that power the Pyramid Stage – will run on sustainable, renewable palm oil-free HVO fuel, made from waste cooking oil, helping to reduce lifecycle CO2e emissions by up to 90 per cent. And Arcadia’s giant fire-breathing spider will also run entirely off recycled biofuels.

A temporary new wind turbine in Williams Green will provide clean sustainable power to some market stalls, while clean energy from the festival’s own solar PV array and anaerobic biogas plant, provide energy for the farm and festival offices.

Glastonbury’s Green Fields have run on solar, wind and pedal power since 1984, setting a fossil-fuel free standard. Since then, Glastonbury has been drawing on technological innovation to help improve sustainability and reduce its use of fossil fuels.

Aside from power, the festival has banned the sale of single-use plastic drinks bottles and environmentally hazardous disposable vapes. This will help reduce waste and promote more sustainable alternatives. Furthermore, Glastonbury’s own on-site recycling facility ensures it can hand-separate its own waste for single stream recycling, avoiding the need to send waste to landfill.