19 music festivals from around the world have agreed to a new environmental pact, Green Deal. The pact will see these festivals strive for circularity by 2025.
That means that they will create a circular sustaining ecosystem within their festivals, which in effect limits waste and carbon emissions. If more items can be reused or repurposed, then live events will be much less damaging for the environment. It is time that the major festival promoters actually take their carbon footprint seriously.
This agreement was done at ADE Green, the conference’s segment devoted to environmental issues. The Dutch Minister of Environment Stientje van Veldhoven was on hand to push this.
The Dutch Minister of Environment Stientje van Veldhoven stated:
“We have to stop wasting our resources and focus on circularity. We must reuse materials and turn them into new products. For our planet, for a healthy future. Circularity is our way forward! So, let’s coordinate our efforts, share what we learn and make a difference together.” Paul Schurink of Green Events International adds: “Collaboration is the key to the urgently needed change in how we deal with energy, water, food, mobility, plastic and other materials. And with a combined number of over three million festival visitors we can make an enormous impact.”
The festivals who have agreed to do this are: Amsterdam Open Air, Best Kept Secret, Boardmasters, Body & Soul, Boomtown, Down the Rabbit Hole, DGTL, Eurosonic-Noorderslag, Into the Great Wide Open, Lollapalooza Berlin, Lowlands, Mañana Mañana, Milkshake, North Sea Jazz, Roskilde, Shambala, Vierdaagse Feesten, We Love Green and Zwarte Cross.
They also hope to be examples for the industry so other festivals can copy them. It is interesting that Lollapalooza Berlin is a part of this, but not their other festivals. We can check up on all of them in the next few years to see if they are actually going to reach these goals.