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How Will Sustainability Feature in Our Festival and Event Work, Whilst Recovering From COVID-19? We really must not let the Covid-19 pandemic totally distract us from the responsibility we have to leave an environment that the next generation can live in, play in and one in which to organise and run FESTIVALS.

You can read this article here.


Julie's Bicycle/ CG Tools

Take the first step and measure your impacts with the CG Tools, developed by Julie's Bicycle for the arts and culture industries.  Over 5,000 organisations, in 50 countries worldwide, use their free set of carbon and environmental calculators to record, measure and understand the impacts of their venue, office, tour, production, event or festival. The CG Tools make it easy to measure your energy use, water consumption, waste generation and recycling, travel and production materials. The results can then inform your environmental strategy and organisational priorities.

Use the Tools to track your progress over time and take the first step towards Creative Green certification


The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On report (November 2015) was conceived as a festival industry response to the Paris climate change talks in 2015. The report brings together all known UK research and analyses the most comprehensive datasets available on the environmental impact of festivals.


A Greener Festival

A Greener Festival is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving sustainability of the events sector.

Their goal is to help the events sector to become more sustainable. They provide certification, training, CO2 analysis and consultation for organisers, venues, tours, artists, festivals, sports, suppliers, local authorities from all event types internationally.


UK Business Climate Hub - Looking to start your journey to becoming Net Zero?

When you sign up, they’ll get in touch with tools to help you understand your emissions and how to tackle them. They’ll also help you to share what you’re doing with customers and community. Sign up here.


Positive Impact

Positive Impact shares how you can advance your sustainability in 2022. They’ll help you to get inspiration on how your event can achieve sustainability commitments and then to share the positive impact of the changes you have made to your event.


Net Zero Carbon Events

Net Zero Carbon Events is an industry initiative, hosted by Joint Meetings Industry Council, to address climate change - Engaging now means being a part of a global collaboration for action – and failing to act risks being left behind.


Powerful Thinking

Powerful Thinking supports smarter practice and innovation in energy management for the outdoor events and music industry. They publish guidance, tools, provide news and advice, and connect people and companies with good ideas and each other.

  • The new and updated Powerful Thinking Guide provides event professionals with up-to-date knowledge and practical resources to help manage temporary energy smartly, reducing environmental impacts and fuel bills.
  • Find out your event’s energy rating and compare it to industry averages in less than a minute with the Festival Fuel Tool.
  • Check out this common mythbuster from Powerful Thinking
  • Powerful Thinking Fact sheets: This series of bite-size fact sheets aims to provide useful advice and resources for anyone involved in working in festivals from organisers to traders.

BS ISO 20121 and the Sustainability Needs of the Events Sector

This webinar is conceived as a wide-ranging discussion of the sector’s potential and ambitions in relation to sustainable events. Comments and input will be sought on BS ISO 20121, the international sustainable events standard, and information will be provided on how the sector can get involved in its revision.  

Access the on-demand webinar.


Ten Easy Wins

Here is the simplest of guides to a sustainable festival in whatever area you work.


LIVE Green

  • Our good friend John Langford at AEG and chair of LIVE GREEN group offers his top tips to give us the push we all need to get to grips with the ongoing problem here. The earth will work with us if we show some real concern and action. It is not our earth; we have borrowed it from our children.
  • LIVE Green's report on COVID-19 Mitigations lays out the best practices for the industry. AFO Members can click here to view the article (within Covid-19 section).
  • Read LIVE Green and TPG's Call to Action on Sustainability for top tips to a better future! The past 18 months has given us, the tour and production professionals, time to reflect on the changes that the music industry, like every industry, should be addressing. In particular, we believe passionately that action is required in the area of Sustainability. AFO Members can click here to view the article (within Sustainability section).

Industry Green Survey 2021 – Results and Analysis

The annual Industry Green Survey of outdoor festivals, conducted by the Vision: 2025 network of outdoor events and businesses taking climate action, provides a snapshot of sustainability practice across the industry by asking UK festival organisers about their attitudes and challenges. The results identify trends and changes and help Vision: 2025 shape support and resources for the industry. See the results here.

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