Powerful Thinking’s fourth annual Industry Green Survey shows that more event organisers are embedding sustainability into their operations and getting savvy with waste and energy in 2018.

70 events took part in the 4th annual Festival Industry Green Survey for 2018, run by industry steering group Powerful Thinking. The survey asked festivals organisers what sustainability measures they put in place last year in key areas such as waste, travel, energy, about barriers to implementing initiatives
and plans for next season.

The results show that more organisers are committing resources to their sustainability initiatives. Events are becoming increasingly savvy about energy efficiency onsite and reducing environmental impacts across the board.

Tackling waste is the number one priority for most events – the most striking change compared to 2017 is that three quarters of events state that they have checked what happens to their waste when it leaves site.

In a year when 65 AIF festivals committed to becoming plastic disposable-free as part of the Drastic on Plastic campaign, there is a definite move towards sustainability becoming embedded into the way the sector is delivering events. More festivals than ever have appointed a dedicated sustainability role, are working with suppliers to increase fuel efficiency, and working with audiences and suppliers on measuring and reducing environmental impacts of travel.

Key results

  • 3 out of 4 organisers have checked where their waste is going in 2018,
    a dramatic increase from previous years.
  • In the 2017 survey 58% of event organisers stated that they were
    monitoring energy. This has risen to 80% in 2018, demonstrating that
    the trend toward organisers taking fuel efficiency seriously is now firmly
    established.
  • Grid connection has emerged for green field events an area to explore
    with more greenfield event organisers stating they are using a grid
    connection than in 2017.
  • 58% of organisers state that they offer or intend to offer carbon
    balancing to tackle audience travel, compared to 25% in 2017.

Read a full analysis at: http://www.powerful-thinking.org.uk/industry-green-survey-2018-the-results/