UK festivals join campaign to reduce energy and carbon emissions

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Camp Bestival, Festival Republic, Shambala Festival, Summer Sundae and Sunrise Celebration are among the first festivals and promoters to join Powerful Thinking, the Green Festival Alliance’s first campaign which aims to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, and drive the market for renewable energy supply at festivals.

The Powerful Thinking campaign was announced at the end of April at a launch event where presentations from suppliers of temporary solar, wind, kinetic, fuel cell and biodiesel power presented a vision of a low carbon future to festival promoters from some of the UK’s best-loved festivals.

The newly formed Green Festival Alliance consists of A Greener Festival, Association of Independent Festivals, Bestival, Festival Republic, Firefly Solar, Julie’s Bicycle, Kambe Events and Shambala Festival, which have come together to identify and speed up the adoption of sustainable practices at festivals. The Powerful Thinking campaign is coordinated by founding member Julie’s Bicycle.

In 2012 the Powerful Thinking campaign takes the shape of a research project where festivals and power suppliers will monitor power use during the summer festival season to gain a better understanding of what opportunities exist to increase efficiency and reduce cost. Providers of low carbon alternatives to red diesel power will also trial new approaches to site planning and monitoring, and case studying the success and reliability of renewable power to offer cost-effective as well as low carbon solutions.

A Powerful Thinking Campaign Toolkit is available for festivals and suppliers, including top tips for festivals and suppliers to participate in the 2012 research project and industry case studies, and is available to download from the Julie’s Bicycle website.