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WELCOME TO THE Vision: 2025 January 2023 NEWS BULLETIN

In this month's newsletter: 

  • Industry Green Leader Q&A with Selina Donald, Founder of Event Sustainability Consultancy, The Bulb
  • Outdoor Events Industry Green Survey for 2022: The results have landed. 
  • Powerful Thinking blog: Event Power Efficiency 101
  • Events: Vision: 2025 at AIF Congress, The AFO Conference and The Event Production Show.
  • Shambala Festival shares their 2022 Sustainability Impact Report
  • ecolibrium, the charity tackling travel impacts in the industry doubles reach and impact in 2022
  • Sustainable Suppliers: Cube Modular and White Light share their news and updates
  • Selected news, jobs, events and comment from across the live events industry and beyond.

Get in touch with your questions and suggestions at info@vision2025.org.uk

Green Leader Q&A #28: Selina Donald, Founder of Sustainability Consultancy The Bulb

Selina founded The Bulb in 2015 to champion sustainability and legacy in the Live Events Industry. Selina has been part of high-profile projects including the London Olympics 2012 opening and closing ceremonies, England 2018 World Cup Bid, COP, the Rio Olympics 2016, #March4Women. In 2022, Selina led the sustainability strategy for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, achieving truly ambitious sustainability policy and performance goals. Read Selina's answers here.

In December 2022, we spoke to Anna Johnson, Sustainability and Environment Officer for Involved Group. Read Anna's answers here.


In this 8th year of the annual Industry Green Survey, 119 festivals and events with a combined audience of over 2.1 million took part; from community events to the largest summer music events in the UK. Check out the results, including trends in practices, challenges and what event organisers are prioritising in 2023. Read the Industry Green Survey results.

Photo by George Webster

Powerful Thinking Featured News

Event Power Efficiency 101: The Power Management Hierarchy

Chair of Powerful Thinking, Tim Benson, kicks off the year with a blog reminding events and event power suppliers to prioritise prevention, efficiency and reductions in 2023 power plans.

With new power solutions coming to the market, from large-scale mobile battery systems to hydrogen combustion generators, Tim highlights the continuing need for energy efficiency and the reduction of our dependence on liquid fuels, using the ‘Power Management Hierarchy’ devised by ZAP Concepts and Hope Solutions, as a framework for best practice: Read the Powerful Thinking blog.

Newsecolibrium doubles reach and impact in 2022

ecolibrium, the charity that supports the live events industry to tackle travel emissions, doubled its active members in 2022 uniting festivals and event companies in environmental restoration and balancing 13.4 million travel miles with climate investments.

In 2022, their membership of 60 festivals, events, suppliers and music companies engaged with ecolibrium to understand how best to tackle audience, artist and supplier travel miles.  With unavoidable carbon emissions balanced with investments in ecosystem protection and regeneration, and community-scale clean energy projects. Read more about ecolibrium's 2022 impacts. 

Photo credit: Bluedot Festival, one of ecolibrium’s founding festival members, by George Harris

EventAIF CONGRESS 2023 Full line up announced

Festival Congress returns to Bristol in 2023 on Wednesday 1st February. The conference will be held at Bristol Beacon and the evening festival party at Loco Klub.

The line up includes high profile keynotes, panel sessions, TED x style quick fire talks, breakout workshops and fireside chats with speakers from across the festival and events world. Vision: 2025's sessions include an introduction to The Future Festival Tools: a set of free resources designed to empower event professionals with green competency. Find out more and get your AIF Congress Tickets.

EventAFO CONFERENCE virtual conference 2023

The AFO Conference will return virtually on Saturday 25th February, 10:00-17:00, with tickets now on sale.

The conference will include speakers discussing a wide range of relevant topics in the festival and events sector. Vision: 2025's Chris Johnson joins to outline how the Green Events Code can provide clear and robust minimum standards and shared targets for sustainability across the outdoor events industry. Find out more about the AFO conference and buy your ticket.

EventGEI Conference announces Keynote Speakers

The Green Events and Innovations Conference (GEI15) takes place in London on Tuesday 28th February, 2023. 

GEI have announced the renowned musician, producer and visual artist Brian Eno will be joining the event for a special keynote conversation with Grammy award-winning artist Jacob Collier. The GEI15 agenda includes sessions covering transport, energy, food, equality, inclusivity & climate justice, and design & materials usage for circularity. Read more speaker announcements and buy your GEI tickets.

EventEvent Production Show Sustainability Sessions

The Event Production Show returns to the ExCel Centre, London, 1-2 March.

Vision: 2025 joins to host the panel, 'Sustainable Solutions Now', 14:30-15:15, 2nd March, with Vision: 2025's Graham Brown in conversation with Rebecca Whitman, Sustainability Manager at Green Space Dark Skies, AEG Europe's Director of Sustainability Sam Booth, Abena Fairweather, CEO, Legacy Marketplace and Rob Scully, Head of Operations at ZAP Concepts. 

Vision: 2025 will also join the Futures Stage, 10:15 -11:00, to speak about The Green Events Code. Find the full #EPS23 agenda and register to attend.


Shambala Festival have published their most comprehensive Impact Report to date, sharing the highlights and the challenges of their sustainability initiatives at last year’s event.

With a timeline of their journey since the first ever Shambala in 1999 to winning the International Clearwater award in 2023; plus a detailed breakdown of their carbon footprint and chapters dedicated to each area of impact. The report is a must-read for event sustainability profs and event organisers looking for practical guidance, not only on how to create a greener event, but how to inspire audiences to come on the journey too. Download Shambala’s Impact Report.


Cube Modular's new service supports events to reduce travel impacts

Cube Modular's new service adds a summary of projected transport carbon emissions into quotes for its festival clients, plus a travel footprint report post-event, using ecolibrium’s carbon calculator tool. The information supports clients to maximise the efficiency of deliveries and understand the potential and actual carbon emission savings achieved through Cube's Continest system.

Headline figures from their reports show carbon emissions savings of 9,588kg for Boardmasters, 9,975kg for Black Deer, 16,788kg for Tartan Heart, and 11,000kg for On The Beach festivals. For those four festivals alone, 112 trucks were taken off the road using Cube’s Continest onsite buildings which are hugely efficient to transport due their flat-packable design. Read the full case study.  


White Light becomes a certified B Corp

Following a rigorous assessment, technical solutions specialist White Light is now a certified B Corp, joining a socially and environmentally conscious movement of 1000 UK-based and over 6000 companies worldwide. This news comes just a few months after White Light gained ISO14001 accreditation – the international standard for environmental management systems.  Read the full White Light case study


Our selected news picks from across the Live Events Industry and beyond, including jobs, blogs, reports and what the Vision: 2025 team have been watching, listening to, and reading this month:

Shambala Festival are looking for a new Sustainability Officer, a full-time role, based from their Bristol Office HERE.

Live Nation is working to connect five of its festivals to the national grid this summer and is creating guidelines to help enable other operators to do the same HERE 

EUROPEAN FESTIVAL REPORT 2022 is out now, a partnership between Yourope - The European Festival Association and IQ Magazine, with some great sustainability articles HERE.

Solar powered The Stage Bus's Managing Director, on the misconceptions surrounding solar power, in Festival Insights HERE.

How Enable Battersea Park Fireworks display more sustainable, in Standout Magazine HERE

AEG Europe hires first Director of Sustainability, article in Access All Areas HERE

Jon Collins – CEO of UK live sector trade group LIVE on the government’s reduced support on energy prices, in CMU HERE

Sounds Like a Plan podcast is the place for climate action in music updates and inspiration: Listen to episode 1: HERE

Our newsletter reaches over 3,500 UK event professionals interested in sustainability. Send jobs, events, resources and articles to feature here to: info@vision2025.org.uk