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Green Events and Innovations Conference 2022

With the 14th edition of the Green Events & Innovations conference (GEI) just two seemingly short weeks away, GEI have revealed… the complete GEI agenda for what promises to be an unforgettable day in the familiar surroundings of the Royal Garden Hotel, London, on Friday 29th April. 

The seriously jam-packed agenda will see the hottest greenest topics in the live event and cultural sectors explored and will bring together visionaries, innovators, industry leaders, eloquent speakers and some truly iconic artists from across the live event industry, who are going to inspire collective action in the fight against a climate catastrophe. If you haven’t registered yet and want to be a part of this unmissable event… you can still grab yourself a ticket here.

For this year’s keynote GEI have managed to entice the legendary Brian Eno and Norwegian songstress/producer Aurora, who will be in conversation with musician/activist Love Ssega. The trio will discuss directing the energy of music for the benefit of the planet. Read more.

But before that, the day kicks off with a panel with a European perspective, on the theme of collaboration. We’re In This Together - European cooperation in the live music sector brings together a fantastic panel consisting of Holger Jan Schmidt (YOUROPE), Kata Djurhuus (Roskilde), Chiara Badiali (Julie’s Bicycle), and Marie Sabot (We Love Green) to discuss a range of pan-European projects that are bringing organisations together in the fight for a greener and better future.

The ever popular Quick-fire Innovation Round will see five innovative climate-saving presentations from Dieter Castelein (Greener Power), Hannah Jukes (TownRock Energy), Mike Walsh (Serenade), Gina Périer (LaPee), and Paul McCrudden (OnePlan). Hosted by IQ Magazine’s Gordon Masson, each presenter has just a few minutes to showcase their ‘live’- changing innovation.

Next up, Stepping Into a Greener Arena will see chair Lucy Noble from London’s Royal Albert Hall, joined by Jennifer Ennis (SEC), John Drury (OVO Arena Wembley), and Steve Sayer (The O2), who will together provide unique insight into some of the UK’s most iconic venues and their journeys to reduce emissions and eliminate waste whilst continuing to provide an unforgettable entertainment experience for their millions of customers, and whilst also being the first venues to begin the Greener Arena Certification.

The morning sessions end with Yourope’s Holger Jan Schmidt and Linnea Svennson from Green Events, who will lead a workshop dedicated to Yourope’s forthcoming publication; European Green Festival Roadmap 2030.

After a busy morning, take a break to enjoy a 5-star, climate-friendly vegan buffet lunch. A chance to refuel, re-energise, and reconnect with old friends (and new) ahead of a packed afternoon agenda.

The afternoon kicks off with a deep dive into a topic that is enough to drive us all to drink…  Circularity - Come Fill Up Your Cup, hosted by Andy Lenthall (Festival Insights), investigates the familiar challenge of greening our drinking vessels. Andy will be looking at which materials are truly circular and how we can select the best product for our events and venues when there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Joining this lively debate is our panel of cup-crazy experts: Erik Distler (AEG), Marcel Arsand and Nora Wigand (Ball), and Laura van de Voort (Green Events).

With the topic of cups out of the way (for now, at least), Energy & Transport 3.0 - The Fuel of Live will ask how emerging technologies in the transport and energy sector will impact the live event sector, and where do efforts for behaviour change need to take precedence. Sangeeta Waldron (Serendipity PR) chairs an illustrious panel consisting of Dale Vince OBE (Ecotricity), Danny Newby (Big Green Coach), Glenn Lyons (University of West of England), Martin Thim (DTD Group), and A Greener Festival’s Claire O’Neill, as they discuss the latest technologies, examples of action, and ask what we can, do both as individuals and collectively, to drive change in this most critical area.


Sustaining What Sustains Us - Food & Beverage will examine what can be done to address the damaging impact of our current approach to food and beverages at events. The panel of experts comprises of chair Jane Healy (Glastonbury / A Greener Festival) who is joined by Dr Vincent Walsh (Herblabism), Thomas Grunberg (Gaudina), Lyke Poortvliet (Green Events / GDCF), and Helen Taylor (Ecotricity / Forest Green Rovers) to discuss the latest innovative and transformative practices in the sector.
And the final panel of the day, Action. Time. Vision., brings together the incredible John Robb (Louder Than War), Dave Ojay (Naam Festival), Fay Milton (Music Declares Emergency), and Sangeeta Pillai (Soul Sutras) in what promises to be an inspiring session looking at the power of the individual in creating change.
Throughout the day there will be several refreshment breaks and numerous opportunities to network or simply hang out. Plus, arguably most important of all, there will be a drinks session at the end of the day where everyone can let their green hair down and enjoy a drink or two.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 14th Apr 2022 16:08:00

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