Torchbearers for sustainability and our very own Directors at AGF, Claire O’Neill and Teresa Moore welcome the Festival and Events industry to GEI12. From food waste to transport, audience engagement to sustainable electricity, our experts cover every nook and cranny when it comes to greener events, here are 7 Key Takeaways from GEI12.
7 Key Takeaways from GEI12.
Moderator: Claire O’Neill
Part 1: Living Lab of Live
Our panel discussed moving from waste to resource and exploring the challenges and advancements of the circular festival vision. How can we guide consumer behaviour? How can we wrestle control of the festival supply chain? Paul Reed(AIF)broadcasts details of the Drastic on Plastic Pledge, in the 2nd of its three-year time scale and disclosed the wider campsite waste problem. Campsite waste accounts for a much larger sustainability depreciation than plastic cups, mainly through leaving behind tents and other excess waste, our experts shared their findings and visionary methods of tackling the problem.
Part 2:Transportation for Festivals.
Observations on the impacts of audience transport, offsetting CO2 emissions, carbon balancing and transitioning festival attendees to public transport. Our delegates tackled the challenges of managing vehicle transition towards sustainable fuels, new energy resources and how sustainability can be cost-effective.
2)Breakout Session: Innovation Quick Fire Round – Future Flash
Chris Hurdle of Electric Wheels explains the availability and benefits of electric transport. Chris dispels myths and misinformation regarding the electric vehicle revolution, sheds light on their high-quality performance, battery life and cost-effectiveness.
Jacob Bossaer of the sustainable water company Bosaq, sheds light on the challenges of water circulation, creating decentralised water networks, sustainable solutions, accruing economic value and conservation.
3)Panel: It’s a Human Story
In this talk we explored how to engage and motivate people young and old to participate in the climate conversation, covering both social and environmental issues faced on a worldwide scale. Can music relay the sustainability message? We investigated the potential art and creativity has to facilitate attitude changes across generations, crystallising our roles in creating a sustainable future and supporting the creative sustainability narrative. Our speakers make the sustainablity story a human one.
4) IPM Production Note: Reducing Touring Footprint - A sustainable Trucking Update
How Can Touring Operate More Sustainably?
Carbon-neutral fuel, convincing the customer to buy into sustainability and lobbying sustainability to affect the largest reduction in of CO2e. Maarten Arkenbout of Pieter Smit Trucking provided insights into the costs in sustainable fuel consumption, new electronic automotive technology advances and the difficulties in quality data regarding vehicle performance.
5)Breakout Session: Saving the World begins at Breakfast
An exploration of the impact of food and catering on the environment. A Discussion covering food waste, food salvaging and food safety. What is organic, seasonal and local food? When there is little profit in locally sourced, what are the chances for the sustainability of food production? What is a sensibly use of land for food production? How do we find different ways of fertilising our soils? Is organic food a western indulgence? Kate Cooper(Birmingham City Council) and Mia Frogner(Øyafestivalen) provided tough answers and a realistic vision regarding the future of food sustainability and the perils of our wide-ranging food trends.
Bringing value to waste
When recycling is becoming more expensive for the waste industry, what is the most sustainable and effective way to recycle? Javier Rojo(Quantum Waste) shares his experiences and challenges when operating in the waste management sector.
5) A greener Tour – Round 2!
A frank discussion on artist, promoters, venues, tour managers and production companies’ sustainable actions and initiatives. This panel confronted the issues of single-use plastic and how the industry has pushed back on environmental impact reduction. Additionally, our speakers thrust the spotlight on audience transportation and the idea of climate positivity as opposed to carbon neutrality.
7) International AGF Awards Winners!!
Congratulations Øya Festival our International Greener Festival Award winners!
Øya festival in Oslo have been pioneers and passionate drivers in the green event space since their dedicated environmental actions began in 2002. This has gradually grown to be an integrated space of management, manifested in sustainable food experiences, a green purchasing policy, fossil-free transportation, emission reductions and sophisticated resource management. The organisational focus draws on experience and competent external partners to achieve pioneering new standards for environmental festival management. Øya has gained national recognition as a special festival of expertise and willingly shares experience with other festivals – locally and abroad. In 2004 it contributed to making a festival specific criterion for the national Eco-lighthouse certification and a guide book to environmental outdoor events; revised in 2017. Øya was one of the first festivals to speak at GEI back in around 2008 and have been Outstanding award winners in the Greener Festival Awards for over 10 years.
AGF would like to extend our deepest gratitude for all the support and expertise we have we have had the benefit of this GEI. Thank you for joining us on our sustainability journey and contributing to an amazing conference that informs the future of sustainable events. See you next year!!!!!