New Book Chapter about A Greener Festival
Promoting and assessing sustainability at festivals
A case study of the “A Greener Festival” initiative.
By Graham Berridge, Teresa Moore, and Jane Ali Knight
Green Events and Green Tourism
An International Guide to Good Practice
Eds. Seraphin H and Nolan E
After 12 years of operations A Greener Festival felt it was time to evaluate it’s own impact on greening the festival and event industry. Written by leading event researchers and academics along with AGF’s Director Teresa Moore the case study is the first of it’s kind for an organisation such as A Greener Festival.
The chapter looks at promoting and assessing sustainability at festivals and focuses on an evaluation of the A Greener Festival (AGF) assessment process using UK and International festival case studies to demonstrate the innovative and transformational impact the scheme has on the social and environmental challenges faced by festivals. There are four festival case studies from Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Das Fest (Germany) Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) and Island Vibe (Australia). In each one the event organisers and environmental managers outline the operational changes made at these events as a result of A Greener Festival (AGF) assessments. They also discuss how the AGF process can change the culture of the festival by helping to embed environmental management into every level of decision making.
Available in early 2019 at
Tent Waste Survey 2013
Summary of Key Findings. Teresa Moore
- The survey was carried out between May and October 2013.
- Sent out to Festivals and their audiences with the support of A Greener Festival, Association of Independent Festivals, Yourope and GO Europe.
- It was directed at those who camp at festivals
About the respondents
- 28 different countries
- 54% Male and 46% female
- 63.5% were aged between 16 and 25
- 8.3% were over the age of 40
- 56% used public transport to travel to festivals
What they said:
Do you Camp when you go to festivals?
- 66.10% Always
- 24.30% Often
- 0.40% Not Sure
- 7.00% Sometimes
- 2.10% Never
Do you bring your own tent?
- 80.10% Always
- 12% Often
- 0.50% Not Sure
- 3.90% Sometimes
- 3.50% Never
Have you ever used tents or other forms of accommodation provided at the festival?
- 5.30% Always
- 3.10% Often
- 4.10% Not Sure
- 7.90% Sometimes
- 79% Never
Do you think festivals have an impact on the environment in any of the following areas?
- 77% Noise
- 85.30% Waste
- 54.20% CO2
- 59.30% Water Wastage
- 82.60% Traffic
- 71.30% Land Damage
If you have left your tent at a festival tent, why was that?
- “Because I would be too lazy to bring it back home”
- “Too drunk mostly”
- “A cheap tent, can buy a new one next year”
- “It broke” said over 60 % of replies
- “Because I knew the organisation would do something good with it”
What would make you take your tent away?
- The price and quality of it!
- I would always take it away unless it had been damaged by other people
- If you was told you had to
- Someone to help pack it up!!!
How much do you pay for a tent?
- 8.30% More than £150
- 20.30% £100-£150
- 25.30% £75-£100
- 28.30% £50-£75
- 17.5% Less than £50
Only 29% would accept an increased ticket price for a festival to cover the cost of waste disposal
By how much? 87.3% said £10
The findings suggest:
- Whilst 85% thought waste was a big issue at festivals only
- 29% would accept an increase in ticket price to deal with disposal of tents.
- 62% answered the question: “why they leave their tent behind”
- More than 60% said it was broken”
- 46% pay less than £75 for their tent