The 20 participating festival have committed to working together towards true circularity through 2025, developing a model for circular festivals. By redesigning processes and supply chains, we can develop circular solutions in multiple areas, including food & drink, water, energy, transport, mobility, material use, and plastic use.
Amsterdam Open Air, DGTL, Body & Soul, Boomtown, Boardmasters, Into The Great Wide Open, Down the Rabbit Hole, Lowlands, Roskilde, Shambala, Vierdaagse Feesten, We Love Green, Best Kept Secret, Pukkelpop, Eurosonic Noorderslag and Zwarte Cross. Castle Fest, Awakenings, Superbloom, and Welcome to the Village have since joined the Green Deal, as well. The initiative works closely with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Royal Haskoning DHV, and the Revolution foundation. Green Events is focused on project management.
Green Deal Monitoring Tool
Metrics are also being developed as part of the partnership to help provide insight into the effectiveness of our efforts. That allows us to quickly change tack where necessary if one approach isn’t yielding adequate results. Check more info about the Tool here.
How the Green Deal Circular Festivals started
From 2015 to 2018, six industry-leading Dutch festival organisers joined forces for the Green Deal Waste Free Festivals, successfully working towards making festivals waste free. As a follow-up to that project, a new Green Deal with participants from six European countries in started. This time working towards Circular Festivals. Green Events brought together a pioneering group of European festivals and launched the collaborative initiative at ADE Green 2019.
Read all about circularity at Body & Soul in Ireland: sustainability and wellbeing has always been at the very heart of the festival’s foundations; and this year was no different, when the festival finally returned.
This year important steps were made in reaching the global climate goals of zero emission and limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5’C. Last November during COP26 the Glasgow Climate Pact was agreed upon by almost 200 countries and
‘Creating a fully circular festival by 2025? A very ambitious goal - but achievable if we work together!’ says Rob van Wegen, Sustainability Supervisor with Dutch Eurosonic Noorderslag festival (ESNS).
We're thrilled to finally announce a very special event that will be taking place at ADE Green! The initiative 'Circular Festivals' will be launched by a raft of participating festivals and by the Dutch Environment Minister Stientje van Veldhoven.
Today, the Dutch Minister of Environment Stientje van Veldhoven launched the Green Deal ‘Circular Festivals’ during ADE Green. The Green Deal is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and Green Events International. The participating festivals
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