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Festivals and Tours turn travel CO2 into Solar for Schools

Our friends at Energy Revolution have balanced over three million travel miles from 2018 festivals and tours with Solar for Schools projects across the UK.

Energy Revolution is a charity with a mission to help the live events industry tackle the negative environmental impacts from fossil fuel travel to events. In 2018, it helped its members, from a growing number of festivals and their audiences, suppliers and touring artists, to balance or ‘offset’ the carbon emissions from over 3 million average car miles to events – the equivalent of 962,274 kg CO2e.

100% of balancing donations from 2018 will to go to Solar for Schools, an initiative that puts solar panels on the roofs of schools in the UK, allowing them to produce low-cost clean electricity, while also educating children about the importance of a low carbon future.

New Energy Revolution members in 2018 included: Download and Reading festivals, produced by Festival Republic, who have long championed festival sustainability initiatives. They donated £1 from every car-parking pass sold to Energy Revolution.  Artist, Novo Amor joined the charity in 2018 to balance the CO2 from his 2018 European and North American tour travel. Festival travel provider, Tuned in Travel joined last year balancing 100% of the CO2 from passenger travel to events. Ticket agent, The Ticketsellers, who have worked with the charity from the start, have continued to support the project by introducing their clients to travel-balancing and making it simple for them to join by embedding a travel carbon calculator into the ticket-buying process.

Since it was founded in 2015 Energy Revolution has supported its members to balance over 8.4 million average car miles – that’s more that 2.6 million kg CO2e – with donations in previous years supporting reforestation and wind turbines in India and community-owned solar and wind projects in the UK.

Energy Revolution’s original aim was to help their members balance 10 million travel miles by 2020, but, with growing commitment from the industry and more festivals, suppliers and artists joining the movement, they are on track to reach the goal ahead of schedule this year. Ultimately the charity aims to create a grant-making legacy fund, which can support on-going work to reduce carbon emissions created by the festival and touring sector.


More about Energy Revolution:

Energy Revolution was founded in 2015 by the teams behind Shambala, Boomtown, Secret Garden, Kendal Calling and Bluedot, after a report, by think-tank Powerful Thinking, showed that typically up to 80% of an average festival’s carbon footprint comes from audience travel. They have created that allow tours and festivals to reduce, record and balance the carbon impact associated with fossil fuel travel.

Energy Revolution believes that reducing carbon emissions is always the first step; increasing coach travel, encouraging electric vehicles and incentivising greener ways to travel. Energy Revolution’s free Guide to Sustainable Travel shares ideas, tools and case studies of how festivals can engage audiences. Download the travel guide and find out more at www.energy-revolution.org.uk